Sharing Knowledge on Refugees Social Inclusion through Artisanship and Culture 0 Reply

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According to the UNHCR, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached 59.5 million at the end of 2014, the highest level since World War II with a 40% increase taking place since 2011. More than a million forcibly displaced people, migrants and refugees, crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. Ensuring their integration and full participation in the economic, social, and political life of the society in which they live is a right that needs to be ensured if we wish to guarantee their social inclusion and the observance of their human rights.

In several contexts, arts and culture, more specifically traditional artisanship have been used as vehicle for displaced people social inclusion as making things by hand using centuries-old techniques and traditional knowhow might firstly, promote their empowerment and integration through employment opportunities and self-confidence increase; secondly, contribute to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage in need of safeguarding because of forced migrations and conflicts.

In the framework of the Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, Dialogue Café Association is organising this session with the aim of sharing knowledge and promoting mutual learning on how artisanship can be used to promote displaced people social inclusion and the preservation of intangible cultural heritage. With this purpose concrete initiatives being implemented will share their experiences and serve as inspiration for other organisations working in those fields.

The main goal of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers is to promote exchanges and dialogue between different crafts makers around the world with the aim, in one hand, of identifying the challenges and opportunities of this promising creative sector in future economies, in the other hand, promoting a dialogue and transmission of know-how between traditional and innovative artisans, between senior and young generations.

The session will take place next 25 May from 15h to 17h London time.


Moderator: Dalia Sendra, Dialogue Café Association

Artisanship: empowering people, preserving know-how:

  • Flore de Taisne & Edmund Le Brun, Ishkar, Paris

Facing together the challenge of ensuring refugees social inclusion:

Artisanship as vector for refugees’ social inclusion. Sharing European experiences. 


[1] provisional version

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Cycle on Social Entrepreneurship 0 Reply

Cycle on Social Entrepreneurship



Social entrepreneurship and social innovation are at the heart of the Dialogue Caf√© Association mission. The recommendations received during the sessions organised in 2015 on women¬īs 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.

Source: The Inspiring Entreprise


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:


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Incubation models for social & creative entrepreneurship: Sharing knowledge and testimonials 0 Reply

A vibrant and diverse social enterprise incubation landscape has been rapidly evolving over the last years. Incubators and accelerators have been pioneers in successfully combining support services including mentoring, funding, business development and infrastructure, to support the emergence of innovative social enterprises and start-ups. In this framework, social and creative entrepreneurship has also found a place and the support from different specialised incubators. Variations in the focus of social incubators have also led to emergence of unique operating and financing models of these social enterprise incubators.




As follow-up of the cycle on social and creative entrepreneurship organised by Dialogue Café in 2015, we would like to launch an knowledge exchange session with the main purpose of review the existing incubation models in the social and creative sector, provide an opportunity to exchange practices and promote networking between social enterprise incubators and other eco-system players from across the world.

With this objective incubators and projects incubated working in the social and creative sector will be invited to participate in this session and share challenges and experiences.

The session will take place in portuguese and will join participants in Dialogue Cafe Lisboa (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University).

Special organisations will join is in √Čvora: ADRAL and¬†Lisbon: Fab Lab and Creative Hub Mouraria!

For more information download the concept paper and the programme.

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Women¬īs Empowerment: sharing challenges and good practices 0 Reply

From the local to the global level, women¬īs leadership and participation in society are restricted. Women are underrepresented at the political and economic level, as well as leading positions, whether in elected office, the civil service, the private sector or the Academia. This occurs despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, and their right to participate equally in democratic governance. Women face several obstacles to participating in public life. Structural barriers through discriminatory laws and institutions still limit women¬īs options to run for office. Capacity gaps mean women are less likely than men to have the education, contacts and resources needed to become effective leaders. As the 2011 UN General Assembly resolution on women¬īs political participation notes, ‚ÄúWomen in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women‚ÄĚ. Individual women have overcome these obstacles with great acclaim, and often to the benefit of society at large. But for women as a whole, the playing field needs to be level, opening opportunities for all[1].




The first session of this cycle will be focused on the challenges we confront as society in fighting violence against women with the objective of promoting good practices, as well as disseminate testimonials of women.

The first session will take place on¬† 28 September from 16h to 17h30 (London time). Dialogue Cafes participating in this cycle are: Dialogue Caf√© Cidade de Praia, Dialogue Caf√© √Čvora, and¬†Dialogue Caf√© Lisboa.¬†

Contact us for further information and download the final programme session I.

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Sharing Knowledge: Green Societies and Green Cities 0 Reply


The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) took place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris, France. The conference gave as main result an international consensus agreed by representatives of 196 parties, the Paris Agreement that will be signed and adopted during 2016-2017.

The session on ‚ÄúCan Countries in transition/development really go fully green and if yes, how best?‚ÄĚ organised by Dialogue Caf√© Novi Pazar in June 2015, provided us the opportunity to identify a cycle of sessions focused on green societies and aimed at sharing smart practices implemented at the local level by different stakeholders (municipalities, civil society organisations, universities, citizens, youth organisations).

Can countries fully go green NP


This session is focused on how to build on green societies is to raise awareness about the commitments adopted in the Paris Agreement and promote smart practices implemented at the local level by municipalities, civil society organisations, universities, citizens, youth organisations.  Indeed, sharing knowledge and research between universities and organisations promoting green societies. The topics to be discussed are: Paris Agreement: bringing new challenges at the glocal level? and Sharing smart practices implemented at the local level.

This session which will be held next 25 October 2016 from 15h to 16h30 London time, will connect DCs based in Lisbon, Novi Pazar and Rio de Janeiro.

Among the special speakers include, from Rio de Janeiro: Guilherme Rodrigues, Forest Engineer from Onda Verde NGO; from Novi Pazar: Dzenan Hajrovic, Front Foundation; and from Lisbon: Filomena Djassi, PhD On CLimate Change, Founder of Musqueba and Project Manager at the Aga Khan Foundation.

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Boas Pr√°ticas no √Ęmbito da interven√ß√£o com jovens NEET 0 Reply

No √Ęmbito do trabalho colaborativo associado √† constitui√ß√£o da PLATAFORMA NEET – ABC (A√ß√Ķes de Baixo para Cima), v√£o ser organizadas umas jornadas internacionais nos dias 23, 24 e 25 de Maio 2016, que inclui a√ß√Ķes em torno a temas relacionados com o trabalho com jovens em situa√ß√£o NEEF para estabelecer pontos de partida s√≥lidos e consistentes para os 5 dom√≠nios de atua√ß√£o: comunidade de pr√°tica, rede institucional, auditoria participativa dos servi√ßos de apoio aos jovens, participa√ß√£o e auto-organiza√ß√£o dos jovens assim que centro de recursos e plataforma electr√≥nica.

Com estas jornadas internacionais pretende-se, duma parte, melhorar a capacidade de intervenção dos operadores que trabalham com jovens em situação NEET; por outra parte, impulsionar iniciativas de base local e de auto-organização dos próprios jovens, assim que consolidar a Plataforma NEET-ABC para reforçar a cooperação, o trabalho em rede, a inovação e as iniciativas de cidadania ativa.

Sess√£o Partilha de Boas Pr√°ticas no √Ęmbito da interven√ß√£o com jovens NEET

No √Ęmbito das atividades previstas em termos de visitas a experi√™ncias e jornadas de portas abertas dirigidas a grupos interessados em debater de forma organizada sobre oportunidades concretas, a Associa√ß√£o do Dialogue Caf√© em coopera√ß√£o com os Dialogues Caf√©s de √Čvora, Lisboa e Rio de Janeiro, vai organizar uma troca de experi√™ncias e boas pr√°ticas no √Ęmbito de interven√ß√£o com jovens em situa√ß√£o NEET. Neste sentido organiza√ß√Ķes sociais e de jovens, autoridades e outros operadores trabalhando com jovens em situa√ß√£o NEET ser√£o convidados a partilhar as suas iniciativas locais, regionais e nacionais, e melhores pr√°ticas em vista a refor√ßar a partilha de conhecimento e oferecer oportunidades de trabalho em rede no √Ęmbito internacional.




Durante o debate, pretende-se que jovens em situa√ß√£o NEET, membros de associa√ß√Ķes auto-organizadas, partilhem os seus testemunhos e os desafios que confrontam diariamente em termos de procura de emprego e acesso a forma√ß√£o assim que discrimina√ß√£o e exclus√£o social.

Esta sess√£o vai nos permitir debater sobre quest√Ķes relativas a preven√ß√£o desta situa√ß√£o, os recursos que devem ser mobilizados nos territ√≥rios e nas comunidades locais, assim que √† quais s√£o as condi√ß√Ķes e os mecanismos que devem ser criados para criar oportunidades e solu√ß√Ķes priorit√°rias para os jovens tendo assim uma real capacidade de influenciar as suas vidas de maneira positiva.

Consulte a √ļltima vers√£o do programa provis√≥rio.programa provis√≥rio

Para mais informa√ß√Ķes pode nos contactar por email.







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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. 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