In today’s complex and unpredicted world, humanity is faced with a lot of problems that affect ordinary human lives on their daily level. Those threats are visible and very real, but still, in some cases we are missing a real action for solving those issues. Refugee crisis that is still ongoing on European soil is one of those complex and unpredicted events. Nobody could have predicted that such instability in the Middle East would happen. And even more, nobody could have predict that it will cause a massive migration of people, looking for another safe heaven. During this crisis, a different actors with a different roles, acted in accordance with primarily their interests.
Those interests mainly were not in accordance with an interest of those people – refugees, that are mostly affected by all those happenings. Europe, that become a main point for immigration, couldn’t stand united in solving this crisis. National governments responded, but those responses were first of all in their own interest. For some countries, defending that interest included building a fence on their borders so that influx of refugees would be less. In all of this, that can be in few words called, conflict of interests, we need to think about those refugees first and foremost!
Their rights were violated at their own home countries, and now they are facing new violations in the countries that should have welcomed them. On the other side, there is a possibility for individuals from MENA region to infiltrate within ordinary people and in that way spread some kind of extremist ideology that is present in this region within Europe.
Constructive answers are needed and they need to include both the security of Europeans and the security and well being of refugees coming from the countries that are affected by war.
- International Organization for Migration (IOM);
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- TheÂ Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- European Commission: Priorities
- European Commission: Agenda
Join us on 10 December from 15h00 to 16h30 (London time)!
- DC Novi Pazar (Una Serbia / Centar Duga)
- Mr Aleksandar Bojic, United Nations Association of Serbia
- Mr Vahidin Melajac, Representative of the City of Novi Pazar
- Mr Emir FetahoviÄ‡, Lawyer – representative of NGO Sandzakâ€™s Committee for Human Rights
- Mr Sabahudin AbelagiÄ‡, Youth Office Sjenica (Asylum Center Sjenica)
With the participation of DC Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University) and DC Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation).
For more detailed information:
United Nations Association of Serbia – Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar (E-mail: unaserbia (at) gmail.com)
Dialogue CafĂ© Association
Helena Barroco (helenabarroco (at) casadoregalo.pt)
Dalia Sendra (daliasendra (at) casadoregalo.pt)
In the framework of the cycle â€śChanging societies, changing journalism: a global discussion on the future of journalismâ€ť led by the University Institute of Lisbon ISCTE â€“ IUL (Portugal) and Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon, a third global session on Â â€śThe new whistleblowers: what is the role of journalists in the digital age?â€ťÂ will be held in 26 November 2015 from 14h00 to 15h30 London time.
2nd Session DC – Changing Societies, Changing Journalism
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? Whatâ€™s 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?
For example, cases like Wikileaks, the Snowden case, and even more recent LuxLeaks, brought to discussion whistleblowing and its new ways. Technology, transparency and globalization are key words in this new framework.
Discussing journalists role in this framework is of great importance, because the relation between whistleblowers and journalists is changing.
The session will be moderated by Gustavo Cardoso, Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL).
Special speakers will join us in DC Lisbon: Luis de Sousa, TIAC – TransparĂŞncia e Integridade, AssociaĂ§ĂŁo CĂvica, JoĂŁo Paulo Pardal, TIAC – TransparĂŞncia e Integridade, AssociaĂ§ĂŁo CĂvica, and Micael Pereira, Journalist at Expresso.
Other participants will join us in DC Novi Pazar and DC Rio de Janeiro.
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More info: info at dialoguecafe.org
Session on Integration of Minorities and Social Cohesion
The Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar was funded as result of the UN project â€śImproving Human Security for Vulnerable Communities in southwest Serbiaâ€ť. 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, the integration of minorities and community cohesion, innovative textile production and green societies, with the aim of promoting exchange of good practicesÂ with other EU countries.
In this framework, DC Novi Pazar will also lead the organisation of a session on: â€śYouth participation in decision making processes â€“ towards more accepting, open societiesâ€ť (22 June from 14h00 to 15h30 London time).Â
Participation is a fundamental right. It is one of the guiding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that has been reiterated in many other Conventions and Declarations. Through active participation, young people are empowered to play a vital role in their own development as well as in that of their communities. The significance of participation was emphasized in the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995.
The programme will take place as follows:
Moderator: Mr.Â Stefan Kondâ€‹ic, President of theâ€‹ UN Association of Serbia Youth Section, DC Novi Pazar Team
â€“ DC Novi Pazar:
- Ms Aleksandra Knezevic – Ministry of Youth and Sport, Republic of Serbia
- Mr Jasmin Mujezinovic – Representative of the Office for Youth, Novi Pazar
- Mr Almir Rizvanovic – Representative of the youth organization MSO from Novi Pazar
â€“Â DC Lisbon:
Other participants will join us from Dialogue CafĂ© Rio de Janeiro.
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For more : 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? Whatâ€™s 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 â€śChanging societies, changing journalism: a global discussion on the future of journalismâ€ť is being organised by the University Institute of Lisbon ISCTE â€“ IUL (Portugal) and the Dialogue Cafe Association.
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.
First session on “Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics”.
The sessions organised during 2015 were:
1. Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics, 24 April 2015.
2. NGOs and Journalism: a good combination?, 21 May 2015.
3. Elections coverage: before, during and after â€“ what has changed in the networked society, 29 October 2015.
4. The new whistleblowers: what is the role of journalists in the digital age?, 26 November 2015.
The sessions to be organised during 2016 are:
5. Media Literacy: whatÂ´s the journalistÂ´s role?, 28 April 2016.
6. Jornalismo em LĂngua Portuguesa, 14 July 2016.
7. Social Media: Challenging journalism ethics?.
8.Â Journalism, enterpreneurship and innovation: key factors for journalism?.
9. Teaching journalism: new challenges for teachers, intitutions and students.
10.Â Cross-border colaboration: a new path for investigative journalism?.Â
11.Â Data journalism: how far can journalists go with data?.
12.Â Public relations and journalism: a changing game?.
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Martin Stewart-Weeks shares his experience of co-creating democracy @ Dialogue Cafe:
There’s something powerful about the way people, technology and passion collide to create real insight and engagement. That’s what happened at both Dialogue Cafe events at the SIX Spring School in Amsterdam last week.
Rehearsing the bare facts is impressive enough…two sessions on successive days linking Amsterdam with Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Lisbon and Amsterdam, connecting some 50 or 60 people across the two sessions in lively debate about the Arab “spring” of democratic change and what it might mean for the region and for other countries too. And all enabled across a platform of high quality video technology that made you feel you were just around the corner, not right across the world.
But these basic facts are not the real story. The real story is the kind of human interaction and engagement which the Cafe provisions, creating a relatively simple platform (give or take a bit of technical wizardry behind the scenes!) that allows people with insight, experience and expertise to share and teach.
We talk a lot about the need for massive doses of understanding, learning and tolerance to ease some of the tensions in our world and to build effective bridges between cultures. Indeed, that is what the Dialogue Cafe venture is all about. But in the end, you build bridges between cultures by nurturing connections between people. In fact, it’s the only way to make change happen and to make it stick. What we saw last week in Amsterdam was a powerful illustration of how that works in practice, one lively, engaging and provocative conversation at a time.
And the quality and impact of both sessions motivated their own consequences, with energetic agreement by those involved to come together in a couple of months to keep the discussion going, to learn more and to look for ways to support the “spring” reforms in the Middle East and, just as importantly, to put the lessons being learned about the power of co-creating democratic change to good use for all of us.
Powerful stuff indeed…
By Martin Stewart-Weeks
Technology and social media are tools for ‘co-creation’ – they enable people to come together and collaborate in new and different ways. Nowhere has the power of social media been more strongly felt than in North Africa and the Middle East. In the last few months, students, protestors and activists have been making use of social media tools and platforms – such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – to organise themselves, call for change and disseminate information about what has been happening across the region.
In this way, social media enabled a revolution – but could it enable a democracy? Can social media and other technologies be used to co-create a democracy and strengthen civic society? How can social media and other technologies be used to support government “by” and “with” the people and not just “for” the people? What are the key challenges facing the transition to democracy can these be overcome through citizen engagement?
These are some of the challenges and issues we discussed at Dialogue CafĂ© on the 24th and 25th May in the two sessions we organised as part of the SIX Spring School 2011.
In Cairo we were joined by, amongst others, Tarek Osman who talked about the longer-term social, economic and political factors, which contributed to the revolution. See here for his article on the subject and here for his latest article on sectarianism in Egypt.
In Lisbon we were joined by President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and journalists Pedro Lomba and Bruno Faria Lopes. In Doha, we were joined by Yomna Taher and Ahmed Ashour from Al Jazeera Talk and students from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar in Doha. In Rio we were joined by Mayra JucĂˇ from Viva Rio and Oona Castro from OvermundoLab and in Amsterdam we were joined by Thomas Loudon and Arend Jan van den Beld, founders of the VJ Movement, a global community for journalists and citizen journalists.