Cycle on Social Entrepreneurship 0 Reply

Cycle on Social Entrepreneurship



Social entrepreneurship and social innovation are at the heart of the Dialogue Café Association mission. The recommendations received during the sessions organised in 2015 on women´s empowerment through creative industries and on creative hubs and entrepreneurship as vehicle for social change, and in 2016 on incubation models for social and creative entrepreneurship: sharing knowledge and testimonials, gave us the opportunity to identify the need of organising follow-up activities focused social entrepreneurship. Activities including exchanges, networking opportunities, trainings, conferences and seminars.

In this framework and with the aim of promoting global exchanges and networking opportunities, as well as strengthening youth capacities and skills on social entrepreneurship, a cycle on social entrepreneurship will be implemented in 2017. The cycle will address challenges and issues previously identified by the participants and partners of Dialogue Café Network.

With this project we aim at stregthening youth entrepreneurs capacities, developing networking opportunities, promoting global exchanges, identifying good practices, addressing the needs of social entrepreneurs and developing a global community on social entrepreneurship around Dialogue Cafe Network.

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How the cycle will be implemented?

Activities will be organised each month (with exception of holidays periods) and will alternate, conferences, debates, exchanges and meetings. The topics proposed are:


  • Becoming a change-maker, 2 February 2017
  • Conference on Business models for Social Entrepreneurs: removing clichĂ©s and clarifying concepts: association, social entreprise, cooperatives; March 2017.
  • Debate on What design can do for social change?; April 2017
  • Global Exchange of Repair Cafes; May2017.
  • New Challenges for Social Entrepreneurs: Conference on Circular Economy; June 2017
  • Fab Labs Exchange: sharing knowledge and challenges; September 2017
  • Celebrating the old persons day by sharing social entrepreneurship initiatives aimed at empowering the elder; October 2017
  • Meeting the Angels: fundraising opportunities for social entrepreneurs; November 2017
  • Sharing knowledge on Social Entrepreneurship: Latest research findings, December 2017.


Registration and Further information 

For further information and registration, do not hesitate to contact us.




Sustainable clothing vs Fast fashion 2 2

Each week we discover something new about the negative impact the fast fashion industry is having in people´s live and our planet, because the abuse of resources, human and naturals. Confronting this challenge, people, aware and committed, decide to engage and be part of a global or local change. Our commitment for a better future may come from different routes, changing our consumption way of life, thinking about the impact of our daily life, or why not, sewing our own clothes.

The DIY (Do It Yourself) movement and attitude is growing faster for some years now. The list of introductory workshops offered, creative sewing magazines sold, and number of interactions on Pinterest focused on DIY tips, are only few, but strong indicators of the power this movement is acquiring globally. Nevertheless, the DIY movement is having greater impact and seems to serve as powerful injection of motivation for creativity. What started as a hobby becomes stronger and more stable with business projection. The number of makers and sustainable aimed fashion projects increased, but it is this trend having a real impact on the fast fashion industry? Which are the other elements having an influence in the development of sustainable fashion initiatives?




In the framework of the Global Exchange of Crafts Makers launched in April 2016, Dialogue Café Association is organising a global conversation on “Sustainable clothing, it´s the DIY movement a response to fast fashion?”.

The session will take place on 29 November from 15h to 17h London time and will connect DCs based in Dialogue Cafe Lisboa (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University).

Special speakers will join us in:

Dialogue Café Lisbon:

Diana Pais, Founder of Cose Mais and Miss Castelinhos; Teresa Carvalheira, Board Member of Fashion Revolution Portugal; Joana Tadeu, Co-Founder of A Montra / The Window Sustainable Curators; RĂ©mi, Director of Charivari Lab; Ana Rita Albuquerque from VOLUME Atelier; and Sara Mazurca of Mazurca Handmade.

Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

Michelle Narita, Co-Founder of Slow Down Fashion, Helena Rocha from Pipa Social, and SĂ­lvia Blumberg from SĂ­lvia Blumberg Joias.

Makers, creative and engaged people are invited to participate in this debate and discuss about how the DIY movement can, in one hand, fight against the impact the fast fashion has in our planet, in other hand, strengthen sustainable clothing initiatives.

For more information about the session download the concept paper and the programme!

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The challenges of business development and internationalisation: makers share their testimonials 0 Reply

In the framework of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, a fourth global conversation on “The challenges of business development and internationalisation: makers share their testimonials” will take place next 27 October 2016 from 15h to 17h00 (London time) between Dialogue CafĂ© Évora, Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar, Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon and Dialogue Cafe Rio de Janeiro.




During this session, makers will discuss about the challenges of developing their business and strengthening their presence in the local and international market. 

Are makers and artisans using online platforms to sell their products?If yes, which are the best ones and why? And what about the local market, which are the best platforms for selling their products? In terms of business development, which are the major limitations makers face daily?  Makers will also discuss about the real cost of crafts. 

Download the concept note or contact us for further information.

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Crafting cultural heritage: how to promote intercultural dialogue and diversity through traditional crafts 0 Reply

A new generation of practitioners have espoused the “handcraft” movement propelled by these uniquely skilled independent designers and artists. Some of them look to history to nurture their making and provide an added value to their creations, the value of preserving knowledge and cultural heritage. Most of them become inspired by their own culture, other prefer to drink from other continents. At the same time, we share a rich cultural heritage as a result of centuries of exchange and migratory flows. Promoting cultural diversity is essential for contributing to economic and social cohesion.

In the framework of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, a third global conversation on “Crafting cultural heritage: how to promote intercultural dialogue and diversity through traditional crafts” will be held next 29 September 2016 from 16h to 17h30 (London time) between Dialogue CafĂ© Évora, Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar, Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon and Dialogue Cafe Rio de Janeiro.


DC Cycle 2016 - Global Exchange of Craft Makers S1 - 01


During this session, participants will debate the intercultural bridges artisans might develop by inspiring their crafts product of different cultures and from different heritage.

How artisans look to their own cultural heritage? In which ways artisans provide innovation to their products? How artisans look to the possibilities of being inspired from other cultures and heritages? Is there a space for cultural diversity in the artisan market?

Download the cycle concept paper and the final programme or contact us for further information.

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Exchanging thoughts on creative hubs and entrepreneurship as vehicle for social change 0 Reply

With the aim of supporting social entrepreneurship in creative sectors, the Dialogue Café Association offer its network to address the challenges faced by creative and social entrepreneurs, provide networking and partnerships opportunities, promote research and reflection, share good practices and case studies as well as support the development of social entrepreneur’s competences.

With this purpose, the Dialogue Café Association is organising a programme of sessions on Cycle “Creative Hubs and Entrepreneurship for Social Change”.


First session on "Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics".

First session on “Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics”.


In this framework, a first session untitled “Exchanging thoughts on creative hubs and entrepreneurship as vehicle for social change”, will allow us to introduce the main expected outcomes of this cycle of sessions and identify the challenges and opportunities of using creative industries as a tool for social entrepreneurship. Experts, entrepreneurs, makers, organisations promoting social entrepreneurship in the field of creative industries will join us in different cities of the Dialogue Café Network and take the floor to discuss about these issues.

The first session of this cycle on creative hubs and social entrepreneurship will take place next 20 October 2015 from 15h to 16h30 (London time).


DC Lisbon:

  • Cristina Farinha, Executive Director of ADDICT, Agency for the development of culture and creative industries north of Portugal
  • Susana AntĂłnio, Fermenta NGO, Founder of A AvĂł veio Trabalhar

DC Novi Pazar:

  • DĹľenan Narović, NVO Front
  • Samir Kacapor, SEDA (Regional Development Agency of SandĹľak

Cycle on Creative & Social Entrepreneurship – Programme

Session 1 – 20 October Invitation

Session 1 – 20 October Programme

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Impact of digital technologies on low tech industries – the future of textiles production 0 Reply


The Dialogue Café Novi Pazar was funded as result of the UN project “Improving Human Security for Vulnerable Communities in southwest Serbia”.

In this framework, DC Novi Pazar will lead a session on the topic “Impact of digital technologies on low tech industries – the future of textiles production” (05 June 2015, 14h00 – 15h30 London time).

The textile industry in Serbia holds a special significance, and Novi Pazar is a city with a long tradition and great potential in manufacturing textiles. Novi Pazar has a particularly strong clothes industry, more specifically making high quality jeans. You can find more information on the website of the Association of Novi Pazar textile manufacturers.

Because of the various processes involved in making jeans, this industry is considered one of the “dirtiest” in textile manufacturing. That’s why the use of eco-friendly technologies is an important issue.

On the other hand, new digital technologies enable digital design and printing via computers and special printers, without having to worry about quantity. It opens the question of how can textile manufacturers preserve tradition and product quality in a time of new challenges. What’s the future of textile manufacturing?”

Participants representing governments, civil society and private companies will join us to discuss and exchange views on this issue.

Moderator: Vanja Popovic, United Nations Association of Serbia, DC Novi Pazar

– DC Lisbon:

  • Helena Barroco, President a.i. Dialogue CafĂ© Association
  • Participants from the fashion and textile field will join us during the discussion. Among them, MODATEX, IADE.

DC Novi Pazar:

  • Semih Durovic, Regional Project Manager, USAID Sustainable Local Development Project
  • Representative of Association of Textile Producers ASSTEX, Novi Pazar
  • Meho Camović, Director, School of Textile Design

Other participants from DC Florence will join us.

2015.06.05 DC – The future of textiles production – Programme

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Hello Veronique, Thanks for your interest! Of course, the session is free. I´m adding your name to the list of participants. Can you please let me know in which DC you will join us? this session is taking place in Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), Evora (ADRAL), Novi Pazar (Centar Duga) and Cidade de Praia (Instituto Pedro Pires para a Liderança). Obrigada
daliasendra on 2017.01.30