Another successful DC session yesterday: groups with projects in vulnerable communities met through DC to discuss better ways to improve education and security between neighbors. In Paris, elements from the SUCCESS project. In Lisbon elements from the Ubuntu Academy (but not only!) and people who cares about the well being of others, specially in Outurela and Portela neighborhoods, Lisbon.
Here are some impressionist fragments of a meeting full of joy, humanity and cumplicity. In Lisbon DC the group brought a study case, and talked about someone very important to these neighborhoods: a police who is close to the community and acts without prejudices.
Lolita, photographer, was in Paris with her peers from SUCCESS. These next fragments show the touching proximity and informality that exists between people who meet in DC. Dialogue Cafe is a platform where all create and co-create projects, but also develop ‘quicksonic’ friendships!
Second session co-hosted by the Victoria & Albert Museum to bring together Design students and other young peopleâs groups based in Paris, Cleveland, Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon, to present and discuss topics revolving around the major theme âDesign, Culture andâŚ Sportsâ
Both dialogues triggered constructive and creative discussions around topics like the representation of the body: sports and body branding, creating stereotypes and lifestyles; and transport, design and technology, social changes, urban regeneration, museums of the future; … and built up ideas to be presented during the evening of events âGame Changersâ.
Aims and objectives of these sessions?
The project connects young members of museums from different backgrounds to promote knowledge and experience sharing and discussion of innovative ideas. These 2 sessions encouraged future V&A/DC collaborative projects towards cultural understanding and change making by/with young people within the cultural sector.
Fabulous session about the future of Health, Telemedicine, Virtual and Real care, how to use technology and how to educate people to deal with the computer power and minimize isolation or ‘clinical exclusion’ due to massive cuts in healthcare budgets. Amsterdam, Lisbon, London and Ramallah joined the discussion between students, doctors, Health and AT experts. In Ramallah the Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr Hani Abdeen, gave an extraordinary testimony of palestinian reality and posed some relevant questions about the limits of Telemedicine. On his side was Professor Sabri Saidam, the co-founder of Dialogue Cafe in Ramallah, and Dr Haitham Al-Hassan, neurosurgeon who already used DC once to meet american peers to validate his complex surgery options to save the life of a young children.
The access to care is crucial to all countries and people, regardless the latitudes, and a lot of innovation is bringing people together, closer to better solutions. All the participants agreed that we have to combine several approaches, without loosing the human touch and face-to-face relation between doctors and patients. All the discussion started from the initial presentation of a new project of a portuguese team who’s building a Virtual Hospital in Portugal, linked to other virtual hospitals around the world. In Lisbon Ana Brasileiro, Dermatologist, co-founder of this project shared her experience in the field and her exchanges with peers. She mentioned the dutch KSYOS team and projects, that she met and inspired her a lot.
Dr. Safa Nasser Eldin, Minister of Telecom and IT, joined the discussion and showed her interest in DC to amplify the best practices in all areas of expertise. The presence of both palestinian ministers was important to engage politicians in vital fields such as continuity of care and personalized (tele)medecine.
In the Hub of Westminster, LuĂs Fernandes presented the project he’s co-founding with Ana Brasileiro, and explained ‘why now?’ and ‘with what aims?’. He reinforced the idea that nowadays most of the people use smartphones, mobile phones, computers and the net, and all of this ‘stuff’ leads us to a new era where people can rely more on technology clinical components concerning diagnosis process. In London a Macedonian participant added some questions and remarks, and in the end of this session, Sacha van Tongeren, the dutch co-hoster of this Health 2.0 meeting asked all participants to program some DIAGNOSE CAFE sessions. Done.
Pictures of an extraordinary session hosted by Northampton University DC. Margaret Ledwith, lecturer, inspired portuguese, american and UK change makers giving them some powerful tools (read: insights, knowledge and more awareness) to make a difference in the world.
Margaret is a story teller and started telling some stories about people who changed her way of living and doing things. After, she defined community development, underlined some basics, framed reality and asked some questions. Margaret deeply believes that 5-minute Dialogue may change the world and left some questions for us to experiment:
What are the daily freedoms that you assume?
What values underlie these assumptions?
How do they underpin your behaviour/actions/thinking?
Place these in a larger political context
How do these practices impact on society?
What principles and values inform these practices as ânormalâ?
Tell a different story inspired by alternative values
Does this offer insight into the way that power permeates personal lives along lines of prejudice?
How could these âlittle storiesâ feed into collective narratives for change?
In the end of this DC Lecture, the groups from Lisbon and Cleveland stayed online to exchange experiences and do some networking. Portuguese elements from WACT – We Are Changing Together, started to introduce themselves to Cleveland students.
Camilo Rebelo, 40, portuguese architect co-author of one of the biggest Paleolithic Museums in the world, came to DC to give a Lecture on architecture to a class of palestinian architects to-be. Camilo Rebelo brought photos and drawings of the CĂ´a Museum, built in an immense and amazing landscape in Douro, in a region considered twice as Human Patrimony by UNESCO.
The DC room in Lisbon was full of architecture students and teachers from OPorto School (the Architecture School of Siza Vieira and Souto Moura, both Pritzker Price) who came to Lisbon for this lecture and a guided visit through FundaĂ§ĂŁo Gulbenkian (where DC room is). This lecture has been a successful one and none of the palestinian students wanted to end the meeting. On the contrary, they kept asking questions and sharing experiences.
In the end of this session Camilo Rebelo and the palestinian students challenged each others to think how they can co-create a project and promised to keep in touch. During the session many other projects have been discussed and here is the link to Camilo Rebelo’s site, where these projects may be seen with more detail: www.camilorebelo.com
More pix to show the ‘backstage’ of Wroclaw opening session. Zeina Soudi, Ramallah Dialogue Cafe manager, joined the session just to say hello and show how close we can be, regardless where we are.
Laurinda Alves, Lisbon DC manager, also joined this session five minutes after having the DC room full of architecture students. Immediatly after this Opening all those students met palestinian peers in Dialogue Cafe. We’ll post some pix and videos, too.
Here’s the link to a video of the opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb1qp5O41o0