Entrepreneurship, Creative Hubs & Makers: innovation and resilience in pandemic times 0 Reply

Creative hubs represent a tool for innovation and a guide to entrepreneurs to bring social value to societies and communities through their creativity on local and global scale.  

As the UNCTAD report (2010) states, creative economy has the potential to generate wealth and jobs while promoting social inclusion and human development. They facilitate the creative process of entrepreneurs by providing space, consultation, training, funding. Moreover, creative hubs represent a place where young entrepreneurs and start-ups from different backgrounds can meet, discuss, develop and implement new ideas, to building up a new environment able to empower different social groups and support their inclusion.

On the other hand, entrepreneurs and makers bring new ideas and dreams to explore within creative hubs, enhancing the heritage and knowledge of those spaces. In COVID-19 times, where entrepreneurs and makers need to be more resilient and creative hubs pursue innovation more than ever, spaces and opportunities to share knowledge, jointly analyse challenges and approach solutions will be excellent ways to surpass the negative impact the pandemic will bring at the social and economic level.  

Against this backdrop, Dialogue CafĂ© Network is organising a session to address the successfulness factors and practices implemented by creative hubs to support entrepreneurs and makers and provide responses to their needs. During the sessions some questions will be raised such as:  

  • How has the COVID-19 affected entrepreneurs and makers?  
  • According to your knowledge and experience, in which sense creative hubs can provide new opportunities to entrepreneurs and makers?  
  • How to promote innovation and resilience at the entrepreneurial level in the new era?  
  • Working together is essential to recover from this global crisis. From entrepreneurs and makers, to creative hubs, authorities and other third sector organisations to the private sector, we all have a role in building a post-COVID world that is better for present and future generations. Kindly share your opinion and views on how better encourage collaboration and co-creation within creative hubs among entrepreneurs and makers. Share your opinion, experience and knowledge.  

Provisional Programme

Dialogue Café Belgrade (United Nations Associations of Serbia)

Dialogue Cafe Évora (Eugenio de Almeida Foundation) 

  • Antonieta FĂ©lix, Entrepreneur of Project “Literacia” 
  • Carlos Ramos, Founder of “B de Brincar”  
  • Tânia Carvalho, Founder of “INHERVOICE” 

Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar (Centar Duga)

  • Vesna Sekulić, creative worker & CEO “Zvechka” 
  • Lejla Mulić, creative worker & CEO “LeCreative Gift Shop”. 

And much more!




Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights 0 Reply

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The focus of the Human Rights Day 2020 is Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights. 2020 theme is related to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. As Human rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we cannot hope to drive sustainable development in the absence of human dignity. To reach the SDGs, equal opportunities for all should be created, failures exposed by Covid-19 pandemic addressed and human rights standards applied to tackle systematic inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.

Against this backdrop, Dialogue Café Network is organising a session to celebrate the Human Rights Day and reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building a new world based on global solidarity, interconnectedness, solidarity and equality. Special guests invited to analyse how the Covid-19 pandemic is rising poverty, inequalities, discrimination and other gaps in human rights protection as well as to share their views and motivations on how better recover from the effects of this global pandemic and propose measures to recover and build back a better world, more resilient, just and sustainable.

Some of the questions to be raised during the debate will be:

  • According to your knowledge and experience, in which sense the Covid-19 pandemic has affected Human Rights?
  • Has the covid-19 crisis fuelled structural discrimination and racism? If yes, how?
  • What measures can be proposed in order to end discrimination of any kind in a post-Covid world?
  • In which way Covid-19 pandemic has affected, already existing, inequalities? How to promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights in the new era?
  • Working together is essential to recover from this global crisis. From individuals to governments, from civil society and grass-roots communities to the private sector, we all have a role in building a post-COVID world that is better for present and future generations. Kindly share your opinion and views on how better encourage participation and solidarity. Share your opinion about best measures to ensure all voices are heard in this process, especially the voices from the most affected and vulnerable.
  • Sustainable development is a must. The association between Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda is unalienable. How to act in order to ensure no one is left behind?


Dialogue Cafe Belgrade

  • Uros Andjelkovic, Serbian Youth Delegate to the UN (Moderator)
  • Katarina Velkov, MA in Human Rights and Multi-level governance

Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar / Centar Duga

  • Ajša Ĺ ukurica, NGO “Tavus”

Dialogue Café Novi Sad:

  • Stefan RadoiÄŤić, Teaching Assistant at the Law Faculty, University of Novi Sad.




Together We Can Through Volunteering 0 Reply

By United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) mandate, the International Volunteer Day (IVD)[1] is celebrated annually on 5 December with the aim of celebrating volunteers and organisations efforts, promote their values and disseminate their work.

The focus of the IVD 2020 is “Together We Can Through Volunteering” in order to highlight the role of volunteers in raising awareness, inspiring others and achieving the SDGs.

“the efforts of 1 billion volunteers is an important foundation at a pivotal moment for development to enable us to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic” 

(UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed)

During the COVID 19 pandemic, volunteers have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses. Community volunteers are recognised by the World Health Organisation as key stakeholders for risk communication and community engagement. Their effort during the covid-19 pandemic has been huge and should be further recognised. IVD2020 is dedicated to volunteers worldwide and aims at recognising their valuable contribution.

As per initiative of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation, host of Dialogue Cafe Évora room, Dialogue Café members in Belgrade, Evora, Novi Sad and Lisbon will organise a session on volunteering with the aim of celebrating volunteer effort and recognising their contribution to the community in those harsh times. During the session, volunteers and social organisations invited will analyse the difficulties confronted by volunteers in times of covid-19 as well as identify new opportunities and frames for volunteering. Volunteers participating in the session will share also their views, motivations and experiences to show the benefits of volunteering.

Some of the questions to be raised during the debate are:

  • According to your experience, how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected volunteering?
  • What are the most important challenges faced by volunteers in the new era Covid-19?
  • How social distancing and restrictions imposed has affected your work as volunteer?
  • What about digital technology? Kindly let us know how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the use of digital technology in your work as volunteer?
  • Every crisis brings challenges, but also opportunities. Please identify new opportunities of volunteering brought by the new reality Covid-19 pandemic.
  • How do you see volunteering in the near future?
  • Share your best volunteering experience.

Check out the provisional programme and keep posted to know more!

Moderation: Inês Gonçalvez, Volunteers´Manager, Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Cafe Belgrade / Youth Office

  • Sonja Kuzman,  Volunteer at the Novak Djoković Foundation
  • Marija Stojanović, Red Cross Stari Grad

Dialogue Cafe Évora / ADRAL

  • Maria JoĂŁo Rosado, Volunteer
  • Alexandra Mota, National Association of Young Entrepreneurs

Dialogue Cafe Évora / Eugénio de Almeida Foundation

  • Gil Nobre, Cultural volunteer at Eugenio de Almeida Foundation and Volunteer at the High School Gabriel Pereira Club
  • Filipa Neves, Project Mind the Mind and National Association of Psychology Students
  • Francisca Sousa, Comission of Volunteer, Food Bank Against Hunger, Évora
  • Levi Filho, Cultural Volunteer and Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation
  • Sandra Veladas, Volunteer at the Social Kitchen of the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation

Dialogue Novi Sad / Youth Office

  • Dr. Branka Cvetanović, OPENS – European Youth Capital Novi Sad




Micro and Small Businesses led by Women 0 Reply

Celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020

& Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED)

25 November 2020 | 3pm – 5pm London time

Belgrade, Evora, Lisbon, Novi Sad

Entrepreneurship is an important driver of economic growth and it provides economic opportunities everywhere.

Despite women entrepreneurs are to make a greater impact across economies, only 34.4 % of the European Union (EU) self-employed and 30 % of start-up entrepreneurs are women. In order to increase women´s participation in economy and entrepreneurship, special policy attention is needed on matters including but not limited to education, and non-discrimination, in areas such as access to finance and property rights.The OECD Recommendation on Gender Equality calls on governments to reduce the gender gap in entrepreneurship activity and support women entrepreneurs in confronting issues and strengthening the necessary skills to their success. Women´s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking, including the economic, as well as to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over financial services are some of the targets established by the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

In order to support women´s entrepreneurs and celebrate the Women´s Entrepreneurship Day 2020, Dialogue Café network will organise a specific session on Micro and Small Business led by Women in the framework of the Exchange of Businesspersons and Entrepreneurs organised by our partners in Évora, the ADRAL Regional Agency for the Development of the Alentejo region and the Europe Direct Initiative.

The session, which will take place on 25th November from 3pm to 5pm London time, aims at sharing businesswomen knowledge, supporting women´s entrepreneurs and promoting networking within the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WEDO) global movement.

Businesswomen and women´s entrepreneurs invited to the online discussion will share experiences, views and testimonials as well as will address the following questions as well as other raised during the session:

  • What led you to follow your own project?
  • Why do you think there is still such a big difference in the gender of entrepreneurs?
  • What were the main difficulties you have faced as entrepreneur, as women entrepreneur? If you have come across some.
  • What are the major challenges that women face in micro and medium business?;
  • What are the business skills all women entrepreneurs need to develop to achieve success?;
  • Share a tip about entrepreneurship
  • Best business models;
  • The role of cooperation and networking in business development.





Connecting Communities 0 Reply

The COVID-19 pandemic marked a disrupting point for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts that highlighted existing inequalities and differences. Low income neighbourhoods are more likely to be hit by coronavirus cases and its negative impact. and impact as most of them may lack access to health care, lost their jobs and became unemployed.

At the beginning of 2020, the path towards the achievement 2030 SDG Agenda was on track and the global community committed to accelerate efforts and sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, ranging from eradicating poverty and reducing gender inequality to addressing climate change. However, in only some months, the COVID-19 pandemic brought an unprecedented situation and threatens to reverse years of progress on the global goals, on poverty, hunger, health care and education. While the virus has impacted everyone, it is especially affecting the most vulnerable people.

Urgent and innovative responses are needed to surpass this period of crisis but people should be at the centre of these solutions to achieve more equitable and sustainable outcomes for all. Against this backdrop, the community has played an exceptional role in the social response to the global pandemic by providing care and attention to the most vulnerable and affected.

In this sense, Dialogue Café Network would like to address the role of the community/communities in times of COVID-19 pandemic especially with regard to the impact of its action in social cohesion.

Guests invited to the online discussion will share experiences, views and testimonials with this regard as well as address the following questions:

  • What is the role of different communities for the social cohesion of territories in times of pandemic?
  • What are the urgent and innovative responses that are needed to overcome this period of crisis?
  • Is the unity of communities essential to change?
  • Are community responses sufficient to have an impact?

The session will be also a unique opportunity to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Dialogue Café Room at the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation in Evora (Portugal), which has an extensive work of community support.

The session will take place next Monday 16th November from 15h to 17h London time through ciscowebex videoconference system.

Provisional programme:


Dialogue Cafe Belgrade

  • Lidija Bukvic Brankovic, CEPORA Belgrade (Serbia)

Dialogue Cafe Évora

Dialogue Cafe Lisbon

Dialogue Cafe Novi Sad

  • Aleksa Stanišić (Communication and marketing Coordinator), Volunteer center of Vojvodina, Novi Sad (Serbia)






Plastic-free lifestyle 0 Reply

Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution (UN Environment Agency)

The Climate Crisis – A Race We Can Win #UN75: Sustainable cities and Plastic-free lifestyle

2020 is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. In this framework an initiative for promoting dialogue in main global issues was launched to celebrate it along the year. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic marked a disrupting point for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts, climate emergency remains one of the most important challenges. The Sustainable Development Agenda urges us to take action to combat climate change (SDG13) which will affect more than 39 million people. Plastic pollution exacerbates climate change and represents a dangerous thread to biodiversity as plastic needs 100 years to degrade in the environment.

According to the World Economic Forum plastic production is expected to double by 2040. Each year, 17,000,000 barrels of oil are used to produce plastic, including 500,000,000,000 plastic bags used yearly. By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach 1.34 billion tons per year what will affect our capacity to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5˚C. Plastic pollution threats ocean health and marine life as has a strong impact on food safety and quality and human health. Annually, 13,000,000 tonnes of plastic are leak into the ocean and 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastics. Current scientific studies are determining how microplastics can affect phytoplankton’s ability to sequester carbon dioxide.

We need to switch the paradigm and urgent action is needed from the industrial sector but from citizens as well. Single-use plastic products are everywhere and became integral to our daily lives. Actions to slow the flow of plastic at its source and its consumption as well as to improve plastic waste management are needed.

Against this backdrop, Dialogue Café Network would like to join the #U75 discussions promoted by the UN and to address the challenge of plastic pollution by raising citizens awareness and supporting the swift to plastic-free lifestyles.

Guests invited to the online discussion will share policy guidelines, examples of initiatives and advice for reaching plastic-free lifestyles.

Among the participants confirmed:

With the participation of Dialogue Cafe Novi Sad and Dialogue Cafe Lisbon.

The session will take place on Tuesday 10th November 2020 from 15h to 17h London time via cisco webex videoconference system.

Keep posted for further information about the programme.


For further information and registration: Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon – Dalia Sendra (daliasendra@casadoregalo.pt), Dialogue CafĂ© Belgrade – Biljana Vukosavljevic (unaserbia@gmail.com), Dialogue CafĂ© Cidade de Praia – Indira Pires (ipires@institutopedropires.org.cv), Dialogue CafĂ© Évora – Margarida Oliveira/FEA (margarida.oliveira@fea.pt) & Ana Rita Valido/ADRAL (ana.valido@adral.pt), Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Pazar – Haris E. Imamović (Haris Imamovic imamovicharis@hotmail.com), Dialogue CafĂ© Novi Sad – Stefan Radojcic (s.radojcic@pf.uns.ac.rs)

Sources: https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/; https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/02/20/plastic-production-climate-change/; https://www.iucn.org/

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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. https://vimeo.com/dcafe Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
daliasendra on 2019.07.29