Cycle on Social Entrepreneurship 0 Reply

Cycle on Social Entrepreneurship



Social entrepreneurship and social innovation are at the heart of the Dialogue Café Association mission. The recommendations received during the sessions organised in 2015 on women´s 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:


Registration and Further information 

For further information and registration, do not hesitate to contact us.




Becoming Entrepreneur and Hub Manager: creative smoothie of competences 0 Reply


Our cycle on Creative Hubs and Entrepreneurship for Social Change started today with a great introductory session about creative hubs and social entrepreneurship.

DC Creative Hubs Social Entrepreneurship S1 01

Our wonderful participants, representing different types of organisations such as ADDICT, Fermenta NGO, Portuguese Entrepreneurs, NVO Front and SEDA (Regional Development Agency of SandĹľak) shared their views and experiences about the development of creative and social entrepreneurship in Portugal and Serbia. Different scenarios but same needs: inspiration, competences, sustainability, fundraising and networking opportunities. Topics that will be raised in the following sessions of this cycle.

For this purpose, the second session of this cycle will be focused on the competences and abilities the entrepreneurs need to ensure in order to provide a successful implementation of their ideas. For sure we´ll discuss a lot about the challenges and the difficulties entrepreneurs and hub managers face everyday but also we´ll share innovative ideas, creative solutions, a lot of hope and great inspiration for them.

The participants of this session will include entrepreneurs as Susana Antonio from Fermenta NGO and Ana Margardida Ferreira from IADE Creative University in Lisbon. Representatives from Rio Criativo will join us in DC Rio de Janeiro and other participants in DC Novi Pazar.

DC- Creative Hubs S2 – 27 October Invitation

DC- Creative Hubs S2 – 27 October Programme

For more information, you can contact us at: daliasendra (at) casadoregalo.pt

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Exchanging thoughts on creative hubs and entrepreneurship as vehicle for social change 0 Reply

With the aim of supporting social entrepreneurship in creative sectors, the Dialogue Café Association offer its network to address the challenges faced by creative and social entrepreneurs, provide networking and partnerships opportunities, promote research and reflection, share good practices and case studies as well as support the development of social entrepreneur’s competences.

With this purpose, the Dialogue Café Association is organising a programme of sessions on Cycle “Creative Hubs and Entrepreneurship for Social Change”.


First session on "Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics".

First session on “Censorship in a global and changing world: religion, politics and economics”.


In this framework, a first session untitled “Exchanging thoughts on creative hubs and entrepreneurship as vehicle for social change”, will allow us to introduce the main expected outcomes of this cycle of sessions and identify the challenges and opportunities of using creative industries as a tool for social entrepreneurship. Experts, entrepreneurs, makers, organisations promoting social entrepreneurship in the field of creative industries will join us in different cities of the Dialogue Café Network and take the floor to discuss about these issues.

The first session of this cycle on creative hubs and social entrepreneurship will take place next 20 October 2015 from 15h to 16h30 (London time).


DC Lisbon:

  • Cristina Farinha, Executive Director of ADDICT, Agency for the development of culture and creative industries north of Portugal
  • Susana AntĂłnio, Fermenta NGO, Founder of A AvĂł veio Trabalhar

DC Novi Pazar:

  • DĹľenan Narović, NVO Front
  • Samir Kacapor, SEDA (Regional Development Agency of SandĹľak

Cycle on Creative & Social Entrepreneurship – Programme

Session 1 – 20 October Invitation

Session 1 – 20 October Programme

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Impact of digital technologies on low tech industries – the future of textiles production 0 Reply


The Dialogue Café Novi Pazar was funded as result of the UN project “Improving Human Security for Vulnerable Communities in southwest Serbia”.

In this framework, DC Novi Pazar will lead a session on the topic “Impact of digital technologies on low tech industries – the future of textiles production” (05 June 2015, 14h00 – 15h30 London time).

The textile industry in Serbia holds a special significance, and Novi Pazar is a city with a long tradition and great potential in manufacturing textiles. Novi Pazar has a particularly strong clothes industry, more specifically making high quality jeans. You can find more information on the website of the Association of Novi Pazar textile manufacturers.

Because of the various processes involved in making jeans, this industry is considered one of the “dirtiest” in textile manufacturing. That’s why the use of eco-friendly technologies is an important issue.

On the other hand, new digital technologies enable digital design and printing via computers and special printers, without having to worry about quantity. It opens the question of how can textile manufacturers preserve tradition and product quality in a time of new challenges. What’s the future of textile manufacturing?”

Participants representing governments, civil society and private companies will join us to discuss and exchange views on this issue.

Moderator: Vanja Popovic, United Nations Association of Serbia, DC Novi Pazar

– DC Lisbon:

  • Helena Barroco, President a.i. Dialogue CafĂ© Association
  • Participants from the fashion and textile field will join us during the discussion. Among them, MODATEX, IADE.

DC Novi Pazar:

  • Semih Durovic, Regional Project Manager, USAID Sustainable Local Development Project
  • Representative of Association of Textile Producers ASSTEX, Novi Pazar
  • Meho Camović, Director, School of Textile Design

Other participants from DC Florence will join us.

2015.06.05 DC – The future of textiles production – Programme

For more information contact us at: info (at) dialoguecafe.org





Funding Social Innovation: exploring the funding ecosystem in Europe 0 Reply

SIX organised a session on social finance as part of the Social Innovation Europe Initiative. The main purpose of the session was to get practical input and thoughts on the current state and current developments in the funding systems in place to support social innovations in Europe. These thoughts and insights will now be woven into the Social Innovation Europe initiative’s report on the topic for the European Commission. It has been shown over the last decades that there is a lot of excitement and energy surrounding social innovations across Europe but no sustainable market for social investments. Apart from traditional grant funding infrastructure, there is little appropriate support for social innovations and our focus must turn to new financial instruments.



As part of the session, participants discussed the following questions:

What type of funding has promoted the most socially innovative activities?

How can the European Commission encourage and support social innovation activities? What kinds of finance would better support social innovation?

What role should the private sector play? What would be the role of different tools offered by that sector – for instance through capital markets or through banking finance? How might private investors be empowered to drive positive change? What can be done on a European level?

Can foundations play a greater role in funding and financing social innovation? How could this be further enhanced by European Commission support

Where do we want to be in 10 years time? What do we want the finance infrastructure look like?


For more information about social innovation exchange and the Social Innovation Europe initiative see www.socialinnovationexchange.org. For more information on Dialogue Cafe contact jude@dialoguecafe.org



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Funding Social Innovation: exploring the funding ecosystem in Europe 1

Tomorrow at Dialogue Cafe:

Funding Social Innovation:
exploring the funding ecosystem in Europe and around the world 

This event is organised by the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX), with Cisco and Dialogue Cafe, and will bring together participants from Belgium, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.

This SIX TelePresence session will focus on the ecology of finance which supports, directs and, in some cases, blocks the processes of social innovation. All over the world, there are now many funds for social innovation, as well as institutions with dedicated innovation units or teams within large institutions who play a key role in mobilising resources for social innovation. Despite this, finance for social innovation is often inadequate, ill-suited, or unsustainable, and therefore remains a key factor hindering the development of social innovation.

This TelePresence session is part of the part of the Social Innovation Europe Initiative. The Social Innovation eXchange will be producing a report which will explore what a new funding model for social innovation in Europe might look like and how the selection of projects might be optimised. The idea of a multi stage fund through stages of innovation will be developed. The report will look at types (and possible combinations) of instruments needed by social innovators and ways to improve access by social innovators to existing financial resources. This TelePresence session offers a unique opportunity to guide this report and its eventual recommendations at a key moment in its development.

On 1 June 2011, SIX will bring together a selection of people for whom the ecology of finance is a primary concern; public managers and staff, social innovators, business partners, researchers, consultants and others with a stake in the finance and growth of social innovations will come together for a truly global discussion. 

For more information see www.socialinnovationexchange.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