We seem to have forgotten that we can repair things. Our current model of consumption invite us to buy new things even before thinking we can repair them so that things are also produced following short-life expectation. However, in 2009 a new concept was developed by Martine Postma and the first Repair CafĂ© was held at Fine Wood Theater, Amsterdam-West. Following these two steps, the Repair CafĂ© Foundation was set up on 2 March 2010 in order to support local groups in setting up their own Repair CafĂ©s. The network of Repair CafĂ©s, continuously and strongly growing includes over 1100 Repair CafĂ©s operating around the world.
With the aim of promoting mutual learning by bringing together different Repair Cafes from the world as well as stimulating the dissemination of this concept in order to promote the opening of new Repair CafĂ©s, Dialogue CafĂ© Network is organising an Exchange session of Repair Cafes in the framework of the Cycle on Social Entrepreneurship so that, social entrepreneurs motivated with the idea of promoting sustainable societies and community development will have access to experiences and mutual learning to open new Repair CafĂ©s.
The session will be held on 4 May from 15h to 17h London time.
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In the framework of the Global Exchange of Crafts Makers being implemented by Dialogue CafĂ© Association and Fashion Revolution Movement in Portugal, both entities propose to organise a Roundtable on â€śSustainable Clothing: More than a Trendy Approach, the Responsibility of Rethinking the Fashion Systemâ€ť 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.
Social entrepreneurship and social innovation are at the heart of the Dialogue CafĂ© Association mission. The recommendations received during the sessions organised in 2015 on womenÂ´s empowerment through creative industries and onÂ 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 toÂ 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 implementedÂ in 2017. The cycle will address challenges and issues previously identified by the participants and partners of Dialogue CafĂ© 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;Â March 2017.
- Debate on What design can do for social change?;Â April 2017
- Global Exchange of Repair Cafes;Â May2017.
- New Challenges for Social Entrepreneurs: Conference on Circular Economy;Â 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 informationÂ
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Each week weÂ discover something new about the negative impact the fast fashion industry is having in peopleÂ´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 MakersÂ launched in April 2016, Dialogue CafĂ© Association is organising a global conversation onÂ â€śSustainable clothing, itÂ´s the DIY movement a response to fast fashion?â€ť.
The session will take place on 29 November from 15h to 17h London time and will connect DCs based inÂ Dialogue Cafe Lisboa (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and Dialogue CafĂ© Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University).
Special speakers will join us in:
Dialogue CafĂ© 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 CafĂ© 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 paperÂ and the programme!
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In the framework of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, a fourthÂ global conversation on “The challenges of business development and internationalisation: makers share their testimonials” will take placeÂ next 27 October 2016 from 15h to 17h00 (London time) between Dialogue CafĂ© Ă‰vora, Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar, Dialogue CafĂ© LisbonÂ 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.Â
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? Â Makers will also discuss about the real cost of crafts.Â
Download theÂ concept noteÂ or contact us for further information.
A new generation of practitioners have espoused the â€śhandcraftâ€ť 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© Ă‰vora, Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar, Dialogue CafĂ© LisbonÂ and Dialogue Cafe Rio de Janeiro.
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 theÂ cycle concept paper and theÂ final programme or contact us for further information.