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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The challenges of business development and internationalisation: makers share their testimonials 0 Reply

In the framework of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, a fourth global conversation on “The challenges of business development and internationalisation: makers share their testimonials” will take place next 27 October 2016 from 15h to 17h00 (London time) between Dialogue CafĂ© Évora, Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar, Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon 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. 

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?  Makers will also discuss about the real cost of crafts. 

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Crafting cultural heritage: how to promote intercultural dialogue and diversity through traditional crafts 0 Reply

A new generation of practitioners have espoused the “handcraft” 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© Évora, Dialogue Cafe Novi Pazar, Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon and Dialogue Cafe Rio de Janeiro.


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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 the cycle concept paper and the final programme or contact us for further information.

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“Dialogue and conciliation between tradition and design means innovation?” 0 Reply

In the framework of the cycle Global Exchange of Crafts Makers, a second global conversation on “Dialogue and conciliation between tradition and design means innovation?” will be held next 28 July at 17h (London time) between Dialogue CafĂ© Lisbon and Dialogue Cafe Rio de Janeiro.

During this session, participants will debate the borders established between tradition and modernity and how artisans can dialogue between both by playing with design in order to reach innovation and provide an added value to their crafted goods.


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How older and young artisans apply tradition and design in their work in each participating country? How can we define the relationship between Designers and Artisans? Is there an interface for a well-balanced and mutually beneficial relationship applicable to worldwide crafts sector? Is traditional artisanship under the influence of the market? Can design provide new solutions to handicrafts?

Download the latest version of the final programme!

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Event 25/11 All about Arts & Crafts at Dialogue Cafe Amsterdam & Rio de Janeiro 0 Reply

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we are delighted to announce our forthcoming event, “All about Arts & Crafts/ New online platforms for sales and collaboration” which will take place on 25th November between Dialogue Cafe Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro.
By invitation of Dialogue CafĂ© Rio the artisan, design consultant and researcher, Claire Santanna Freeman, will be discussing the challenges for sustainable development of artisanal products in Brazil presented in her book “The productive chain on the Economy of Arts & Crafts in Brazil” (to be published in December) and her last findings in the field of fair trade, sustainable and solidarity production and retail.

Claire S. Freeman, creative producers of handcrafts in Amsterdam and experts that know everything about sales and collaboration platforms like and will talk about handcrafts and creative ideas to produce, sell, collaborate and work with sustainable resources.

4pm-6pm, Thursday the 25th of November
Doors open at 3.45pm and drinks after the event from 6pm to 7pm. 
Location: Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam/ UCAM, Rua da Assembléia, 10, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
Entrance is free/ please send a mail to if you want to join

More about the book of Claire Santanna Freeman:
Her book, winner of the Brazilian Association of Cultural Managment monograph thesis 2010 contest, discusses artisans, artisanal product and consumer relationships; discusses Arts & Crafts, Cultural Management, Cultural Economy and Solidarity Economy concepts; presents contemporary democratic possibilities for artisans participation in Brazilian Public Politics; describes Arts & Crafts Economy´s productive chain phases and its presence at the World Wide Web. Through an analysis and statistics research of the decade that ends in 2010 and an experience on teaching and consulting services (2006 to 2008) the present study objectives are: serve as a base for Artisans e Cultural Managers on their search for democratic and sustainable solutions that will benefit these small producers; serve as an aid on planning integrated actions with, directly or indirectly involved, partners on this productive chain; contribute to this particular economy field that lacks with theoretical material approaching the various relevant questions here presented and finally propose a Solidarity Artisans Net Management Model.

More about our participants:

  • Etsy enables people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.The Etsy community
    spans the globe with buyers and sellers coming from more than 150 countries. Etsy sellers number in the hundreds of thousands.
  • At Fablab Amsterdam
    anyone can realize their ideas, and with the aid of high tech equipment
    transforming those ideas into prototypes and products. The concept of
    Fablab was developed by Neil Gershenfeld from MIT during a class ‘How to
    make almost anything’. It’s an abbreviation of Fabrication Laboratory.
  • The (Un)limited Design Contest
    functions as an experiment in Open Design – the sharing of creative
    work in the same manner as open source software. It allows people to use
    the designs made by others, copy these and even adapt the designs on
    the conditions that work is attributed, not used commercially, and used
    with same license.
  • Waag Society
    develops creative technology for social innovation. The foundation
    researches, develops concepts, pilots and prototypes and acts as an
    intermediate between the arts, science and the media. Waag Society
    cooperates with cultural, public and private parties.

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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