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A topic near and dear to my heart! I just did a presentation at KMWorld two months ago on the power of the "Water Cooler" (I assume similar to your Café) as a strategic business tool, not just a fun-to-have addition to your community.
I wrote about this idea here on JiveWorks a couple of years ago: The Awesome Power of the Water Cooler
And recently expanded on it in my LinkedIn blog: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/water-cooler-strategic-collaboration-tool-dennis-pearce
You can also find the slides from my KMWorld presentation here: http://conferences.infotoday.com/documents/253/C204_Pearce.pptx
Hope this helps with any executive resistance you might encounter.
I'll read those with interest!