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.
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Our cycle on “Creative Hubs and Entrepreneurship for Social Change“ started today with a great introductory session about creative hubs and social entrepreneurship.
Our wonderful participants, representing different types of organisations such as ADDICT, Fermenta NGO, Portuguese Entrepreneurs, NVO Front and SEDA (Regional Development Agency of SandĹľak) shared their views and experiences about the development of creative and social entrepreneurship in Portugal and Serbia. Different scenarios but same needs: inspiration, competences, sustainability, fundraising and networking opportunities. Topics that will be raised in the following sessions of this cycle.
For this purpose, the second session of this cycle will be focused on the competences and abilities the entrepreneurs need to ensure in order to provide a successful implementation of their ideas. For sure weÂ´ll discuss a lot about the challenges and the difficulties entrepreneurs and hub managers face everyday but also weÂ´ll share innovative ideas, creative solutions, a lot of hope and great inspiration for them.
The participants of this session will include entrepreneurs as Susana Antonio from Fermenta NGO and Ana Margardida Ferreira from IADE Creative University in Lisbon. Representatives from Rio Criativo will join us in DC Rio de Janeiro and other participants in DC Novi Pazar.
DC- Creative Hubs S2 – 27 October Invitation
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With the aim of supporting social entrepreneurship in creative sectors, the Dialogue CafĂ© 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 entrepreneurâ€™s competences.
With this purpose, the Dialogue CafĂ© Association is organising a programme of sessions on Cycle â€śCreative Hubs and Entrepreneurship for Social Changeâ€ť.
First session on “Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics”.
In this framework, a first session untitledÂ â€śExchanging thoughts on creative hubs and entrepreneurship as vehicle for social changeâ€ť, 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 CafĂ© 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).
- 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 NaroviÄ‡, NVO Front
- Samir Kacapor, SEDA (Regional Development Agency of SandĹľak
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The Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar was funded as result of the UN project â€śImproving Human Security for Vulnerable Communities in southwest Serbiaâ€ť.
In this framework, DC Novi Pazar will lead a session on the topic â€śImpact of digital technologies on low tech industries – the future of textiles productionâ€ť (05 June 2015, 14h00 â€“ 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 usÂ to discuss and exchange views on this issue.
Moderator: Vanja Popovic, United Nations Association of Serbia, DC Novi Pazar
–Â 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, RegionalÂ Project Manager, USAID Sustainable Local Development Project
- Representative of Association of Textile Producers ASSTEX, Novi Pazar
- Meho CamoviÄ‡, Director, School of Textile Design
Other participants fromÂ DC Florence will join us.
2015.06.05 DC – The future of textiles production – Programme
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SIX organised a session on social finance as part of the Social Innovation Europe Initiative. The main purpose of the session was to get practical input and thoughts on the current state and current developments in the funding systems in place to support social innovations in Europe. These thoughts and insights will now be woven into the Social Innovation Europe initiative’s report on the topic for the European Commission. It has been shown over the last decades that there is a lot of excitement and energy surrounding social innovations across Europe but no sustainable market for social investments. Apart from traditional grant funding infrastructure, there is little appropriate support for social innovations and our focus must turn to new financial instruments.
As part of the session, participants discussed the following questions:
What type of funding has promoted the most socially innovative activities?
How can the European Commission encourage and support social innovation activities? What kinds of finance would better support social innovation?
What role should the private sector play? What would be the role of different tools offered by that sector – for instance through capital markets or through banking finance? How might private investors be empowered to drive positive change? What can be done on a European level?
Can foundations play a greater role in funding and financing social innovation? How could this be further enhanced by European Commission support
Where do we want to be in 10 years time? What do we want the finance infrastructure look like?
For more information about social innovation exchange and the Social Innovation Europe initiative see www.socialinnovationexchange.org. For more information on Dialogue Cafe contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow at Dialogue Cafe:
Funding Social Innovation:
exploring the funding ecosystem in Europe and around the world
This event is organised by the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX), with Cisco and Dialogue Cafe, and will bring together participants from Belgium, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.
This SIX TelePresence session will focus on the ecology of finance which supports, directs and, in some cases, blocks the processes of social innovation. All over the world, there are now many funds for social innovation, as well as institutions with dedicated innovation units or teams within large institutions who play a key role in mobilising resources for social innovation. Despite this, finance for social innovation is often inadequate, ill-suited, or unsustainable, and therefore remains a key factor hindering the development of social innovation.
This TelePresence session is part of the part of the Social Innovation Europe Initiative. The Social Innovation eXchange will be producing a report which will explore what a new funding model for social innovation in Europe might look like and how the selection of projects might be optimised. The idea of a multi stage fund through stages of innovation will be developed. The report will look at types (and possible combinations) of instruments needed by social innovators and ways to improve access by social innovators to existing financial resources. This TelePresence session offers a unique opportunity to guide this report and its eventual recommendations at a key moment in its development.
On 1 June 2011, SIX will bring together a selection of people for whom the ecology of finance is a primary concern; public managers and staff, social innovators, business partners, researchers, consultants and others with a stake in the finance and growth of social innovations will come together for a truly global discussion.
For more information see www.socialinnovationexchange.org