Breaking News! – Dialogue CafĂ© London is looking for creative partners! 2 2

We’re looking for dynamic, entrepreneurial and creative partners to host and manage a Dialogue CafĂ© in London. This is truly an amazing opportunity to take part in a groundbreaking social venture and to represent London in the global Dialogue CafĂ© network.

Dialogue and Be Happy!

There is no typical Dialogue CafĂ© partner – we’re working with schools, universities, galleries and museums, local governments, foundations, social innovation centres and community hubs. The three things that Dialogue CafĂ© partners have in common are: creative, entrepreneurial people to manage the Dialogue CafĂ©; a space (60-80m²) which is open, accessible and easy to get to; links to networks who would be interested in taking part in and using Dialogue CafĂ©.

The DC is ready to be moved and installed. We provide the equipment and will integrate you in the network.

We welcome expressions of interest and proposals from any group or organization that could provide one, two or all of the above.

For more information contact us at: helenabarroco(at) or daliasendra(at)

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Call for Proposals – Deadline Extended 0 Reply

Call for Proposals – Dialogue Cafe London

The Dialogue CafĂ© Association is looking for dynamic, entrepreneurial and creative partners to host and manage a Dialogue CafĂ© in London. This is an amazing opportunity to take part in a groundbreaking social venture.     

Dialogue Café is a non-profit initiative, which uses state of the art video conferencing technology to enable face-to-face conversations between diverse groups of people from around the world so that they can share experiences, learn from each other and work together to make the world a better place. The first two Dialogue Cafés in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro are already open.

Now we’re looking for partners to host a Dialogue CafĂ© in London.

We’re already working with schools, museums, foundations, community hubs, local governments and others to bring Dialogue CafĂ© to Sao Paulo, Toronto, New York, Mexico City, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Florence, Amsterdam, Cairo and Istanbul over the next few months. By the end of 2011, we will have 20 Dialogue CafĂ©s open all around the world.

For more information download this document or visit Dialogue Cafe.

The deadline for proposals is now Monday 27th September.



Reflections on opening the first two Dialogue Cafes 0 Reply

Finally, we’re back in London after an emotional, hectic, exhilarating, and at times deeply moving two weeks in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro for the launch of the first two Dialogue Cafes. It’s taken the team almost two years to get here but now, we’re truly at the beginning of what promises to be an exciting and important social venture.

Dialogue Cafe is about bringing together diverse groups of people so that they can share experiences, learn from each other and work together to make the world a better place. This means connecting students to talk about important social and topical issues – to help them broaden their horizons and learn about people and places beyond their own experiences – and at times, beyond their own imagination. It means bringing people together who are tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our times – like climate change, inequalities, youth unemployment, illiteracy, digital exclusion, ageing societies and the growth of chronic disease. Together, they can learn about what works and what doesn’t, improve their own practice, and eventually, replicate projects in their own cities and countries. Dialogue Cafe is also about showcasing the art, heritage and culture of the cities in which we’re based. This means connecting artists, musicians and writers to talk about their work and the influences they share.

Which is why, for our launch, we decided on an ambitious day long programme of events to capture the diversity and richness of the kinds of activities we’re going to enable through the first two Dialogue Cafes at MUDE in Lisbon and the Candido Mendes University in Rio. 

We started off with a short introduction of the teams in Lisbon and Rio then launched straight into a fantastic session with 10-15 school students in each Dialogue Cafe, aged 15-18, on the subject of sustainability and climate change. The session was introduced by Isabel Castro in Lisbon and then the students talked for about an hour about the issues which interested and affected them the most. They also made suggestions about how climate change could be tackled. At the end the students swapped email addresses and Facebook names and are now hoping to meet up on a regular basis to continue the conversation and the connection. Then we had another great session, this time with university students and professors on the subject of e-learning. The session was introduced by Eliane Costa in Rio and then the students talked animatedly on issues such as distance learning, digital inclusion and new models of learning.  It was incredibly exciting to see the school and university students enjoy the sessions as they did – one of the school students promised that he’d continue to get good grades if it meant that he could come back to Dialogue Cafe!

Then we had the official inauguration with Antonio Costa, the Mayor of Lisbon, Rui Vilar, the President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Pedro Veiga, the President of the FCCN, and Barbara Coutinho, Director of MUDE in Lisbon and President Jorge Sampaio, UN Secretary General’s High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations, Prof. Candido Mendes, the Dean of the Candido Mendes University, Diogo Vasconcelos, the President of the Dialogue Cafe Association and Simon Willis, the instigator of the Dialogue Cafe project and Cisco Global Vice President.

Then we had an afternoon (in Rio – evening in Lisbon!) of music and theatre. First with rising star Marisa Teixeira who sang a beautiful traditional Portuguese Fado. Then sketches from the play “A Natureza do Olhar” by Portuguese poet and writer Fernando Pessoa.  Then the grand finale – a transatlantic jam session between Carlos Martins in Lisbon and Aleh Ferreira in Rio. They took turns to play a song and in between, they talked about their music, the music that influenced them and then the influences on Portuguese and Brazilian music – and how the two developed symbiotically. It was an incredibly exciting moment – and gave a glimpse of what we could do in the future with Dialogue Cafe. 

If Thursday wasn’t ambitious enough, on Friday – the following day – we were showcased at the UN Forum for the Alliance of Civilizations – also taking place in Rio, at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM). The Forum brought together around 2,000 people, including political leaders, civil society activists, youth groups, faith communities, foundations, students and journalists  from around the world to discuss and take action in order to improve relations across cultures, combat prejudice and build lasting peace. We had a Dialogue Cafe pod onstage and did a live session, moderated by Riz Kahn of Al Jazeera and Simon Willis, connecting to the Dialogue Cafe at the Candido Mendes University (UCAM) in Rio.  At UCAM, we were joined by J.D. Stanley (aka our technical genius), Luisa Sena, manager of the Dialogue Cafe in Rio (whose enthusiasm and energy is inspiring) and Aleh Ferreira who sang one of his excellent songs to the whole Forum.  

The two days were an amazing achievement. Enormous thanks go to all the people who worked incredibly hard to make it possible. Especially, the teams in Lisbon and Rio for the amazing work they did in organising the launch and making it such a success; to Olly and Chris who worked 30 hours straight to install the pods at UCAM and MAM; to Natalie for her resourcefulness and willingness to help; to Nuno for always making sure that things get done; to JD and Steve for the long hours, technical prowess, connectivity and cables!; to Sergio for his unbridled commitment and enthusiasm and for making it possible; to Simon for having the crazy idea in the first place and the resolve to take it forward; to Diogo for his trust, support and vision and to Sara for never taking no as an answer. It’s been an immense privilege and honour to work with you all and I’m looking forward to doing it all again in London, Ramallah, Toronto, Istanbul, San Francisco, Amsterdam and more!

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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