May

19

What Design Can Do 4 Social Change! 0 Reply

Design and innovation have a huge impact on society well beyond the creative industries – finding solutions to problems that affect every aspect of our lives. It is about rethinking and re engaging existing paradigms to stimulate new futures. Questioning the global context of design, consumption & production can bring us to sustainable solutions and social change. Design and innovation include different perspectives: eco-design tools, design-led thinking tools and methods of developing project and programme strategies. Schools of Design need to provide to students with technical knowledge and skills to achieve more sustainable interventions, encourages design-led thinking and innovation through first-hand experiences from business, engineering and design perspectives.

20170406_Session on What Design Can Do for Social Change

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The objective of this session organised between the IADE European University (Lisbon) and Dialogue Café Association is to share knowledge and promote mutual learning on what design can do for social change.

With this purpose, during the session the IADE European University (Lisbon) and the Paris College of Arts (Paris) will present research and initiatives developed and address the main challenge of how can we improve social change by applying methodologies of design-thinking and/or product design.

Students of design, social entrepreneurs, designers and any person interested in making changes happen are welcome to join us and participate in this discussion.

PROGRAMME

The role of research on promoting Design for Social Change and Sustainable Innovation:

Design strategies for social change and community development

Case study projects of applied design research

  • JoĂŁo Bernarda, Collaborative Design Methodologies Empowers Resilience of Communities, IADE European University, Lisbon
  • Hugo Rocha, Paradigm shift in Design Education to boost Strategic Innovations, Sustainable Solutions and Social Change, IADE European University, Lisbon

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May

4

Sharing Knowledge on Refugees Social Inclusion through Artisanship and Culture 0 Reply

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According to the UNHCR, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached 59.5 million at the end of 2014, the highest level since World War II with a 40% increase taking place since 2011. More than a million forcibly displaced people, migrants and refugees, crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. Ensuring their integration and full participation in the economic, social, and political life of the society in which they live is a right that needs to be ensured if we wish to guarantee their social inclusion and the observance of their human rights.

In several contexts, arts and culture, more specifically traditional artisanship have been used as vehicle for displaced people social inclusion as making things by hand using centuries-old techniques and traditional knowhow might firstly, promote their empowerment and integration through employment opportunities and self-confidence increase; secondly, contribute to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage in need of safeguarding because of forced migrations and conflicts.

In the framework of the Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, Dialogue Café Association is organising this session with the aim of sharing knowledge and promoting mutual learning on how artisanship can be used to promote displaced people social inclusion and the preservation of intangible cultural heritage. With this purpose concrete initiatives being implemented will share their experiences and serve as inspiration for other organisations working in those fields.

The main goal of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers is to promote exchanges and dialogue between different crafts makers around the world with the aim, in one hand, of identifying the challenges and opportunities of this promising creative sector in future economies, in the other hand, promoting a dialogue and transmission of know-how between traditional and innovative artisans, between senior and young generations.

The session will take place next 25 May from 15h to 17h London time.

PROGRAMME[1]

Moderator: Dalia Sendra, Dialogue Café Association

Artisanship: empowering people, preserving know-how:

  • Flore de Taisne & Edmund Le Brun, Ishkar, Paris

Facing together the challenge of ensuring refugees social inclusion:

Artisanship as vector for refugees’ social inclusion. Sharing European experiences. 

 

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Mar

29

Sustainable Clothing: More than a Trendy Approach, the Responsibility of Rethinking the Fashion System 2 2

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In the framework of the Global Exchange of Crafts Makers being implemented by Dialogue Café Association and Fashion Revolution Movement in Portugal, both entities propose to organise a Roundtable on “Sustainable Clothing: More than a Trendy Approach, the Responsibility of Rethinking the Fashion System” with the aim of sharing feedback of experiences of different projects disrupting or reconsidering the Fashion System in their countries, namely Brazil, France, Portugal.

 


Fashion Revolution Movements and relevant projects based in the participating countries will be involved in this wide and precious discussion focusing on transparency at different levels, business activities; supply chains; and respect for social, human and environmental issues.

During the session, initiatives proposing innovative practices aimed at transforming the Fashion Industry by bringing ethics, sustainability, tracking and traceability to their production processes will take the floor, present their projects and share their contribution towards a safer, cleaner, more fair and beautiful future for fashion.

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PROGRAMME[1]

Speakers:

 

Addresses:

  • Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon – From 15h to 17h Local time (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Av. de Berna 45, Lisboa – Sala 03)
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Paris – From 16h to 18h Local time (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – France Delegation, 39 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris)
  • Dialogue CafĂ© Rio de Janeiro – From 11h to 13h Local time (UCAM – Candido Mendes University – Rua da AssemblĂ©ia, 10 TĂ©rreo, Centro 20011-901 Rio de Janeiro)

For more information download the concept paper or contact Fashion Revolution Portugal / Dialogue Café.

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Mar

20

The power of joy: people who cares about immigrants 0 Reply

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!

Feb

14

Yvon Le Roux: “It’s not always about money, it’s about passion!” 0 Reply

When we google Yvon Le Roux, we’re amazed with all his experience, initiatives, projects and knowledge. “As Vice-President of the Public Sector for Cisco Systems in the European Markets, Yvon Le Roux is responsible for strategy, sales and marketing for government, healthcare, education and defence. He was appointed to head the newly-formed Public Sector team in May 2003 and increased sales by 30% within two years” it’s written in his brief Cisco bio. Yvon is a blockbuster and a missionary of modern times and … AT – Advanced Technologies. He came to Dialogue Cafe in Paris, to give a lecture on Social Innovation to a group of MBA students from the Birzeit University. Professor Sabri Saidam brought his students to Dialogue Cafe in Ramallah, and they asked questions and shared experiences with Yvon Le Roux. In the end of this enlightening session, Yvon and the students underlined the essential.

This has been just the first of a series of monthly lectures in DC. Feel free to join next time!To know more, leave a commentary. Northampton is organizing the second one, on the 5th of March, at 6pm (GMT) with the author Margaret Ledwith (http://www.infed.org/community/critical_community_development.htm)
Margaret Ledwith lives in Lancaster where she is Emeritus Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at the University of Cumbria. She is also a coordinator of the international Collaborative Action Research Network. For many years, she was a grassroots community worker, and it was this experience of working with marginalised communities that forged the foundation of a lifetime commitment to social justice. She has written three books: Participating in Transformation: Towards a working model of community empowerment (1997), Community Development: A critical approach (2005) and, with Jane Springett, Participatory Practice: Community-based action for transformative change (2009).