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5. Empathy Cafe Facilitator

The Empathy Cafe is an open forum for larger groups, from 8 to 20 or more participants,  to take part.  The participants meet for an initial introduction and then divide into smaller Empathy Circles of 4 or 5. These can be hosted online or in person.

Online Empathy Cafe

This format has several roles.

  • Empathy Cafe Facilitator *
    Empathy Cafe Facilitator facilitates the overall event.
    • Hosts Full Group Introduction (10 to 15 minute)
    • Breakout Groups
    • Hosts Full Group participant debrief on the experience.  (15 minute)
  • Empathy Cafe Producer 
    The Producer keeps track of the technical aspects.
    • Supports the Empathy Cafe Facilitator 
    • Makes sure everyone's audio, video, etc are working.
    • They sort participants into breakout rooms of 4 to 5 participants including a circle facilitator. 
    • If people get dropped from a breakout room and come back, that they get added to the room again.
    • Post Production
    • After the circle they upload the video to YouTube and Facebook. 
    • Create circle thumbnail/cover images.
    • Do transcription of the feedback.
    • Adds material to the website. 
    • etc.
  • Circle Facilitator 
    Each circle has a Facilitator that has experience with the circle process and supports everyone in staying in the process. The Circle Facilitator also tracks the time.
  • Participants
    Take part and enjoy the process.

In Person Empathy Cafe