Message from Professor Candido Mendes 0 Reply


Dear President Jorge Sampaio, High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Ms. Marleen Stikker, Director of the Waag Society of Amsterdam, Ms. Barbara Coutinho, Director of the MUDE in Lisbon, Diogo Vasconcelos, Sara Piteira and Julie Caulier-Grice from the Dialogue Café headquarters in London. Katia de Marco, my dear representative at Dialogue Café in Rio de Janeiro.

Although I cannot join you and attend this magnificent event due to a trip to Paris and Brussels for a series of workshops and meetings this week, I could not go without conveying to you how happy I am with the launch of a Dialogue Café in Amsterdam, as a result of your untiring efforts to expand this remarkable initiative to as many cities in the world as your creative minds and amazing energy allow you to.

This Dutch link to the Dialogue CafĂ© network – especially considering the relevant interdisciplinary work developed by our new partners in the Netherlands, the Waag Society – represents a landmark in the development of the DC mandate of linking different parts of the world, by means of state-of-the-art technology, in one single, cohesive – but not homogeneous – community. This new addition will allow us a big step further in the process of incrementing the cross-cultural debate of ideas advocated in the guiding principles of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations.

In a world that is now moving fast from a hegemonic to a pluralistic, multicultural perspective, bringing together not only different schools of thought but the very essences of the distinct national repertoires, the Dialogue CafĂ© initiative is an extraordinary tool  to promote and enrich this systematic conversation and exchange of insights among the individual actors – scholars, artists, social and cultural innovators, politicians, students, representatives of the civil  society and persons from all walks of life, for that matter –  that reach out to have their ideas and projects heard by their counterparts across the globe. This is no minor achievement!

To our new partner, Ms. Marleen Stikker, my warmest congratulations and best wishes in this new venture. I am sure that the interactions between the DC’s in Amsterdam and Rio will be most inspiring and beneficial for both parties.

With the testimony of my admiration, recognition and friendship to all of you.

Candido Mendes

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