LAUNCHING DIALOGUE CAFE AT WAAG SOCIETY IN AMSTERDAMInviting organisations in Amsterdam to take part in this groundbreaking project and collaborate with organisations in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – September, 21, 2010 – The Dialogue CafĂ© Association is excited to announce the launch of its third Dialogue CafĂ© at Waag Society in Amsterdam on 21st September 2010.
Dialogue CafĂ© is a non-profit initiative, which uses state of the art video conferencing technology to enable face-to-face conversations between diverse groups of people from around the world so that they can share experiences, learn from each other and work together to make the world a better place.
Waag Society develops creative technology for social innovation. The foundation researches, develops concepts, pilots and prototypes and acts as an intermediate between the arts, science and the media. Waag Society cooperates with cultural, public and private parties. Waag Society is housed in two historic monuments in Amsterdam, de Waag and Pakhuis de Zwijger. Dialogue CafĂ© Amsterdam will be based at de Waag.
Dialogue CafĂ© Chairman, Diogo Vasconcelos: We are thrilled to open Dialogue CafĂ© in the city centre of Amsterdam, with Waag Society, a vibrant forward-looking organization. Amsterdam now has a global platform that embodies the new nature of innovation: open, collaborative, global. The opportunities are unlimited. With Dialogue CafĂ©, Amsterdam is, more than ever, a global meeting point.
For the launch, we’ll be connecting the three Dialogue CafĂ©s in Lisbon, Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro to Cisco offices in Sao Paulo, Warsaw, New York and Oslo for a round-table discussion. For this occasion we will be joined by President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative to the UN Alliance of Civilisations, Marleen Stikker of Waag Society, Barbara Coutinho, Director of MUDE, Katia de Marco, Director ABGC, Prof. Jose Santos from INSEAD, Prof. Miroslaw Miller from the University of Wroclaw, Barbara Stutz from the HUB Sao Paulo, Bente Erichsen from the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, Pedro Veiga, Chairman of the FCCN and others.
â€˘ With support from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Cisco, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Anna Lindh Foundation and others, the Dialogue CafĂ© Association is creating a global network of physical spaces – Dialogue CafĂ©s. Dialogue CafĂ©s will provide access to state of the art video conferencing technology. to enable city-to-city and multi-city conversations and activities.
â€˘ All of the Dialogue CafĂ©s will be connected through a global technology platform to enable city-to-city and multi-city conversations and activities. Dialogue CafĂ©s will provide a space for informal conversations as well as more structured multi-city activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences, concerts and lectures.
â€˘ Dialogue CafĂ© results from the simple idea that people have many things in common and given the opportunity, they will explore their common interests, sparking collaborations and stimulating ideas that address the major issues of today.
â€˘ Dialogue CafĂ© believes that these kinds of conversations and collaborations can lead to new ways of thinking and doing: they can empower individuals and communities, break down prejudice and misconceptions and promote greater understanding and co-operation across cultures.
â€˘ Dialogue CafĂ© is created for individuals and organizations with a social, environmental, educational or cultural mission – such as foundations, civil society organizations, community groups, universities, schools, social enterprises, public sector bodies and agencies.
â€˘ There are now three Dialogue CafĂ©s open – in Rio de Janeiro at the Candido Mendes University (UCAM), in Lisbon at the Museum of Fashion and Design (MUDE) and in Amsterdam at the Waag Society. Soon, Dialogue CafĂ©s will be opened in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Oslo, Wroclaw, London, Florence, Ramallah and Tel Aviv. By the end of 2011, we will have between 10 and 15 Dialogue CafĂ©s open.
â€˘ Each Dialogue CafĂ© is managed by a local partner who oversees the day to day management of the Dialogue CafĂ©, including programming of events and activities, outreach to engage a wide variety of users and ensuring the financial sustainability of the Dialogue CafĂ©.
â€˘ It is very easy to get involved in Dialogue CafĂ©. Users have to book the facility in advance. To do this, people should get in touch with their local Dialogue CafĂ© manager who can book a session and link up the Dialogue CafĂ©s. So, all users have to do is turn up to their local Dialogue CafĂ© (e.g. Lisbon) and get their friends or colleagues to go their local Dialogue CafĂ© (e.g. Amsterdam).
â€˘ Dialogue CafĂ©s are spaces for innovation and creativity – with a particular focus on cross-cultural dialogue, social innovation, civic participation and arts, creativity and culture. The following examples illustrate the range and variety of activities that will be enabled by Dialogue CafĂ© as the network grows and develops around the world:
- Young people in Istanbul, London and Toronto sharing stories about their heritage.
- Women from Cairo, Doha and Amsterdam discussing the role of education and employment in empowering women.
- Multi-city conferences and events on topics such as climate change, creativity and innovation, ageing and social exclusion connecting London, New York, Amsterdam, Florence, Doha and Ramallah.
- Joint projects linking schools in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro, and Seoul and San Francisco.
- Social entrepreneurs from Cairo, Tel Aviv and Toronto talking about potential commercial collaborations.
- Simultaneous theatre workshops run in Rio de Janeiro, New York and San Francisco.
- Concerts from Rio de Janeiro live to London, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Florence and New York.
- Health practitioners in Ramallah, London and Toronto carrying out joint consultations and training.
Marleen Stikker, Director, Waag Society
We are absolutely delighted to be opening Dialogue CafĂ© Amsterdam at Waag Society. For Waag Society, this participation marks a continuation of our longstanding tradition of openness and experimentation, of exploring new ways of using technology to tackle today’s most pressing challenges. Through Dialogue CafĂ©, we will provide a space for global conversations on global issues that matter.
For more information on Dialogue CafĂ© visit www.dialoguecafe.org
â€˘ Waag Society: http://www.waag.org/
â€˘ MUDE: http://www.mude.pt/
â€˘ UCAM: http://www.ucam.edu.br/
â€˘ Cisco: http://www.cisco.com/
â€˘ United Nations’ Alliance of Civilization: http://www.unaoc.org/
â€˘ Anna Lindh Foundation: www.euromedalex.org
â€˘ Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: http://www.gulbenkian.org.uk/
Dialogue CafĂ© Association, Julie Caulier-Grice,
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