What Really Matters 0 Reply


Special session between Lisbon, Madrid and Oporto, to introduce the national and international speakers who will participate in the 1st Congress O Que de Verdade Importa (What Really Matters), in Lisbon, on the 14th of March. www.oquedeverdadeimporta.org

Maria Belon, Tsunami Survivor in Southeast Asia in 2004, attended this session, but also Bento Amaral, sailing world champion, which became a quadriplegic at age 25, and Semedo Johnson, a former inmate who created a football academy to rescue young people from crime. It was a session with great impact in the audience, in which participated journalists from radio, TV and newspapers to interview the protagonists of the Congress. The Dialogue Cafe is a platform that can also be very useful in this way. That is, not only to be used as a meeting place, but also as a tool for media.




World Interfaith Harmony Week: DC supports Syrian students 0 Reply

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The World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) has been promoted by some of the world’s most influential people and its goal has been to be a completely decentralized initiative.Dialogue Cafe had its first WIHW event on the 8th of February, with a session hosted by Lisbon, where a large and ecumenic group of participants (including the leaders of the main religions) matched with peers from Lebanon and France. Lisbon was connected to Beirute and Paris, where different representatives of different faiths debated different points of view.Since in Portugal a group leaded by former President Jorge Sampaio have been working in developing a Global Platform For Syrian Students, ie a mechanism to provide Syrian Students with scholarships and academic opportunities to resume their studies, all the participants in this session where challenged to commit themselves to this cause.Portugal already received about 40 Syrian students for the Spring Term, and the idea is to raise awareness and funds to bring more students. This Platform has been very successful in securing place with tuition fees waivers in many universities in around 8 countries and this is why former President Sampaio, who every year promotes an activity linked to the UN resolution (that creates the World Interfaith Harmony Week each February ) decided this year to organize an event linking LISBON-PARIS-BEIRUT  to try to match “words with deeds” and  therefore challenge the participants to make a commitment to contribute to the creation of a “World Interfaith harmony Week”  that this year should be to support Syrian students.

President Sampaio hosted this global conversation and in the end of the session a large majority of the participants really commited themselves with this goal.


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Students From Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisboa 0 Reply



Multiple sessions between Portuguese students of Management at Nova SBE and Deema Mimi, from the Youth Council in Ramallah, and Zeina Soudi, Manager at Dialogue Cafe, on issues related to learning and training skills in communication, since both were speakers at TEDx Aveiro in June 2013.

Deema Mimi and Zeina Soudi had to learn to stand on stage to communicate to audiences of hundreds of people, and sharing this experience was important for the dozens of students from the Communication, Leadership and Ethics course, who came to Dialogue Cafe. Naturally all discussed the political and social issues related to the daily lives of Palestinians and these topics were of great interest for Portuguese students.







Ubuntu Academy leaders and students meet lebanese and syrian peers 0 Reply


Experimental session between portuguese Ubuntu Academy students and leaders, and David Munir, the Dialogue Cafe Manager in Beirut, Lebanon. This session was very lively and the discussion was very illuminating, since dozens of Portuguese students came to Dc in Lisbon.

In Lebanon was a Syrian journalist, correspondent for the Washington Post, who gave his testimony as a freelance journalist forced to live in exile in Beirut. After the session all these students had a lecture on the political issues in the Middle East, and particularly in countries like Lebanon, Syria and Palestine










Early childhood development experts 0 Reply


The University of Northampton launched a short film to continue to push for the need to place Early Childhood Development at the heart of the United Nations post-2015 development goals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6twHsJD864

Dr. Eunice Lumsden, University Teaching Fellow and Deputy Divisional Leader (Early Years) School of Education in The University of Northampton, brought to Dialogue Cafe an impressive group o experts to match with portuguese peers on this subject.

The aim of the ‘Dialogue’  was to share what is happening in England to support the Post 2015 agenda and how others may look to take it forward in their own context to really place early childhood on the agenda.

At Northampton University were: Dr Nurper Ulkuer–former chief ECD UNICEF; Prof Denise Hevey Head Early Years University of Northampton (UoN); Dr Jane Murray (UoN); Dr Jane Payler (Head  of Early Years Research Winchester University); Pam Calder  (Chair of Early Childhood Studies Network); Carolyn Silberfield (University of East London–co chair ECS degree network); Sharon Smith (Senior lecture early years and health background

Dr Celia Doyle social work background and child abuse guru joined, as will representative from OMEP.



Arab Spring: documentarists and film makers 0 Reply


Amal Ramsis, from Egypt, Cemre Asarli, from Turkey, and Necati Sönmez, also from Turkey, came to Dialogue Cafe to meet students in Lisbon and share their testimonies and stories as documentarists who keep filming and interviewing people before, during and after the recent revolutions in the Arab world.

Necati Sönmez is the director of a documentary film festival in Istanbul. After studying aeronautical engineering, he worked as a film critic, photographer, and journalist before starting to shoot and produce documentary films. His debut work, Theo’s Gaze (2003) looked at the work of Greek director Theo Angelopoulos. His award winningTo Make an Example of (2007) explored the reasons behind the death of the hundreds of people executed since the founding of the Turkish republic. Sönmez is founder of DOCUMENTARIST – Istanbul Documentary Days, which presents films from the Arab world, ethnographic documentaries, and films exploring the post-communist era. The festival also raises the issue of human rights in Turkey.

Amal Ramsis, author of Forbidden, repeated what she already said to the press: “This film is not about the Egyptian revolution. The film explores the idea of society as both the inhibitor and facilitator of the forbidden. It handles the contradiction between everything being off limits and people doing what they please”.

Ramsis explained how she got the idea of the movie: “Six months before the revolution, I and many people noticed that everything is forbidden. It has become a big problem. ”

Ramsis interviews several people, ranging from the filmmaker Arab Lotfy to activists such as Nawara Negm to a housekeeper called Sama, who participated in demonstrations. Through the interviews, the audience unravels all that is forbidden, ranging from the participation of women in the community to holding hands with loved ones.