Can countries in transition and development fully go green?, May 26, Novi Pazar, Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro
The Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar was funded as result of the UN project âImproving Human Security for Vulnerable Communities in southwest Serbiaâ.Â A programme of sessions have been led by Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar since its officialÂ opening on different issues of interest such as : interethnic and interreligious trust, minority rights, non-discrimination and gender equality and the integration of minorities and community cohesion, with the aim of promoting exchange of good practicesÂ with other EU countries.
DC Novi Pazar will also lead the organisation of a session on: âCan countries in transition/development really go fully green and if yes, how best?â(May, 26 from 14h00 to 15h30 London time).Â
You might think why? why we need to discuss about green societies? Why we need to think green? Well…
We depend on nature. As our societies, economies and cultures have developed, humankind has influenced the environment greatly. As a matter of fact, many nations have built strong industries that helped their economic and social development significantlyÂ making them among the most developed nations of the world today. However, our planet suffered in the process. We have created enough problems including greenhouse effects, anthropogenic transformation of ecosystems, natural disasters etc.
Meanwhile, developed nations are today able to go green and prevent the further deterioration of the environment around us. However, is that the case with the developing world? While industrialized nations have the conformity of going green in their already developed economies, is this the case of developing countries and countries in transition? Is it possible to develop a countryâs economy as well with green economies as well as it is with traditional sources?
What are the issues faced today by transition/developing countries in the matter of going green? What are the best practices in achieving greater usage of green energy, raising awareness in recycling process and providing more green jobs? How can South-South Cooperation influence this goal positively?
Participants representing governments, civil society and private companies will join us in DC Novi Pazar, DC Lisbon and DC Rio de Janeiro to discuss and exchange views on this issue.
For more information contact us at: info (at) dialoguecafe.org
Journalism is facing big challenges. Technology, internet, social changes, and other factors are bringing many questions to what and how is going to be the future of journalism. Is journalism still important? Whatâs the role of journalism in a networked society? Are people still interested in what journalists have to tell them? Do they trust journalism as a good source of information? Are there new paths for journalism? Is journalism still considered the 4th power?
In other hand,Â NGOs are increasingly became significant players as information intermediaries, working in cooperation with traditional news organizations, or even taking their place, says an investigation from the Center for Global Communication Studies.Â For example, there were several entries for ONGs for the last edition of Global Editors Networkâs Data Journalism awards. What are the questions being raised by this Â«tendencyÂ»? The rising of advocacy journalism is here to stay? What kind of issues does this bring to journalism?
First session on “Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics”.
These are all important questions that need to be discussed. With this purpose, and in the framework of the cycle âChanging societies, changing journalism: a global discussion on the future of journalismâ led by the University Institute of Lisbon ISCTE â IUL (Portugal) and Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon, a secondÂ global session on Â âNGOs and Journalism: a good combination?âÂ will be held next ThursdayÂ 21 May from 14h00 to 15h30 (London time).Â Â
Special speakers will include notably: in DC Florence (RF Kennedy Centre in Europe),Â Frank La Rue, Executive Director at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe andÂ UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression from 2008 to 2014; in DC Lisbon (Calouste Gulbekian Foundation),Â Paulo Nuno Vicente, Director of Bagabaga StudioÂ and Cesar Neto, Director of Communication at Portuguese NGO Platform;Â in DC Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University), MaurĂcio Santoro, former adviser on human rights at Amnesty International.Â There will also be participants inÂ DC Novi Pazar (Centar Duga) taking part in this global conversation.
The session will be moderated by Gustavo Cardoso, Professor of Media, Technology and Society at University Institute of Lisbon ISCTE â IUL.
Join us and enrich this global conversationÂ with your own experience and views!
Send us your registration no later than 20 May.
Contact us for more detailed information:Â info at dialoguecafe.org
âThe new development paradigm, where the main factors of economic and social growth are knowledge, creativity, originality and skills, has not only changed the economic structure, but also the concepts of growth and development. The âknowledge-based economyâ finds its economic support in creativity and talent, and emphasises cultural industries as a conceptual framework within which growth generators exist.â
In 2008 the cultural and creative sectors contributed an estimated 4.5 % to EU GDP, and employed some 3.8% of Europe’s workforce. Beyond this direct contribution to jobs and growth, these sectors trigger spill-overs in other areas such as tourism, content for ICT and provide benefits for education, social inclusion and social innovation. They are therefore particularly important as Europe and other regions in the world seek to emerge from the current economic crisis. Â With this regard, social entrepreneurship represents an opportunity to attempt to further broad social, cultural and environmental goals by using innovative solutions and measuring performance in positive return to society.
At the same time, there is an important development of creative hubs and business in Europe and worldwide. They are physical or virtual âplaceâ based on collective or co-operative models and on creative, technological or cultural work aiming at supporting the development of companies and projects but also connecting people in networks and creative communities.
The Dialogue CafĂ© Association aims at supporting social entrepreneurship in creative sectors by offering its network to address the challenges faced by creative and social entrepreneurs, providing networking and partnerships opportunities, promoting research and reflection, sharing good practices and case studies as well as supporting the development of social entrepreneurâs competences.
With this purpose, the Dialogue CafĂ© Association organise a programme of sessions focused on:
1.Â Round-table on Creative Hubs and Entrepreneurship, vehicle of social change and development (28 May)
2. Experts Meeting on Creative Hubs, Labs and Clusters, mapping and models (June);
3. Workshop on âBecoming Entrepreneur and Manager: creative smoothie of competencesâ (July);
4. Round-table on Good practices and initiatives of social entrepreneurship on creative sectors (September);
5. Workshop on Partnership and Fundraising opportunities for social and creative entrepreneurs (October);
If you are interested in social entrepreneurship and creativity, join us and share your experience.Â Spread the word and make a difference!
For more detailed information:
DC- Creative Hubs Entrepreneurship Social Change S1 – 28 May Provisional Programme
Dialogue CafĂ© Association:Â Dalia Sendra (daliasendra at casadoregalo.pt)
 “Building a Digital Economy: The importance of saving jobs in the EU’s creative industries”, TERA Consultants, March 2010.
 Commission Recommendation on the digitalisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation, C(2011) 7579 final, 27.10.2011
 European Creative Hubs Forum, January 2015, Lisbon (Portugal) â www.creativehubs.org
 Measuring the Economic contribution of Cultural Industries, A review and assessment of current methodological approaches. 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics Handbook NO. 1, 2009. Link to survey
May will be also a month with interesting activities focused on global issues as journalism, entrepreneurship and green economy.
Dialogue and Be Happy!
The second session of the cycle focused on journalism will allow us to discuss about the limits or opportunities of combining journalism and activism (21 May).
Green economy will also become a topic of discussion between DCs (26 May). This activity led byÂ DC Novi Pazar will allow us to exchange information, views and experiences among countries in transition as Serbia and Brazil.
Moreover, we will launch our cycle of sessions on how entrepreneurship and creative hubs can promote social change. The first session (28 May) will serve as introductory discussion to this issue. The following sessions will focus on research, managerÂŽs competences, good practices and networking opportunities.
More information will be posted in our blog shortly, but feel free to contact us at: info (at) dialoguecafe.org
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April was an special month for Dialogue Cafe Network.
Session on Integration of Minorities, 27 April 2’15
April was an important month for Dialogue Cafe Network because DC Novi Pazar (Serbia) and DC Ăvora (Portugal) joined us and strengthened our global dimension.
Dialogue Cafe has now more than 2000 friends on facebook, a very important achievement for our network. We are very grateful for this support.
The cycle of sessions on changing journalism, changing societies was lauched and we talked about journalism and censorship nowadays (24 April), an important issue if we take into account the findings of the last world press freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders.
Dialogue Cafe also shared initiatives on how to better integrate minorities, in particular the roma community and improve community cohesion (27 April), a common challenge our societies face around the world.
Moreover, in partnersip with the Association Sorrir (Portugal) we smiled and talked about happiness to celebrate the International Day of Smile (28 April). A follow-up training will be developed during the second semester in order to organise a DC Smile Dance.
Our colleagues from DC Novi Pazar smiling during our session on happiness, 28 April 2015
We would like to thank all the partners and participants who joined us and debated with us.
Journalism is facing big challenges. Technology, internet, social changes, and other factors are bringing many questions to what and how is going to be the future of journalism. Is journalism still important? Whatâs the role of journalism in a networked society? Are people still interested in what journalists have to tell them? Do they trust journalism as a good source of information? Are there new paths for journalism? Is journalism still considered the 4th power? These are all important questions that need to be discussed. This discussion has to get out of the academic level and come into the civil society. In a global world there is also a need to discuss it in various contexts and countries, bringing people together in their diversity. The future of journalism is being shaped right now, all over the world.
With the aim of discussing the future of journalism, a cycle of sessions named âChanging societies, changing journalism: a global discussion on the future of journalismâ is being organised by the University Institute of Lisbon ISCTE â IUL (Portugal) and the Dialogue Cafe Association.
First session on “Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics”.
The aims of this cycle are to create awareness about journalism and the changes the profession is going through and its impact in society in particular and in general, to put journalists, journalism students, academics and the civil society talking about journalism and its challenges as well as to share ideas, case studies and experiences with people from other countries about this subject, so that we can profit from diversity. At the end of the cycle the most important outcomes will be compiled and shared with participants and peopleÂ interested.
The sessions to be organised during the first semester of 2015 are:
1. Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics, 24 April.
2. NGOs and Journalism: a good combination?, 21 May.
3. The new whistleblowers: what is the role of journalists in the digital age?, 18 June.
4. Cross-border colaboration: a new path for investigative journalism?, 09 July.
Other sessions will be organised in the second semester of 2015. More information: info at dialoguecafe.org
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