Adapted from World Cafe Model.
Arrange the room so there are four tables with enough chairs around each to accommodate one-fourth of participants. Place a large sheet of newsprint and markers/crayons at each table. The paper will remain at the table as a record of the conversations held at that table. Place some type of marker (colored dot, a piece of masking tape, or an index card) on the back of ONE chair at each of the four tables. This indicates which person will remain at the table as "host" when the groups move. (Note: If your group is large, you might consider having more than one person playing the role of host. If you decide to, mark an additional chair at each table.) Divide participants as evenly as possible into four groups and post group assignments, assigning each a color (e.g., red, blue, yellow, or green). Provide each participant with a sticky dot, colored name tag, or other means of quickly identifying a person's color group.
Round 1 lasts 20 minutes and each subsequent "Round" lasts ten minutes.
Invite participants to join all those in their color group at a table. Distribute Handout 1, Definitions of Racism. Give directions, using these or similar words:
Ask everyone except the individual(s) sitting in the "marked chair(s)" to move to another table, making sure there is a representative from EACH color group at each table. The host(s) remains at the table through all four rounds.
Give directions using these or similar words:
Rounds 3 and 4
Repeat Round 2. Ask the host(s) to remain at the table for all four rounds. Invite participants to go to a different table for each round.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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