Fab Labs and Crafts Makers: bringing together innovation to Artisanship 0 Reply

DC Cycle 2016 - Global Exchange of Craft Makers S6 - Flyer

In 2017, the national exchange of Fab Labs of Portugal will take place in √Čvora and will be hosted by √ČvoraTech. In this context, ADRAL ‚Äď Alentejo Regional Development Agency, Manager of Dialogue Caf√© √Čvora and¬†FABLAB √ČvoraTech – Incubator of Technology-Based Companies of √Čvora, proposes to organise a debate on ‚ÄúFab Labs and Crafts Makers: bringing together innovation to Artisanship‚ÄĚ to be held on 26 May 2017 from 15h to 17h London time in the framework of the¬†Global Exchange of Crafts Makers organised by Dialogue Caf√© Association.




The main objectives of this session are firstly, to promote a reflection on how to marriage technology and traditional handmade artisanship in order to innovate this creative sector. Secondly, promoting mutual learning and sharing successful initiatives of cooperation between FabLabs and Crafts Makers.

For this purpose, Crafts Makers and FabLabs will be invited to present their views and experiences of cooperation and development of new projects involving technology and innovation.

Special Speakers:

For more detailed information contact Dialogue Café Association.







Why are social networks powerful tools for promoting causes and campaigns? 0 Reply


In the framework of the cycle on Youth Human Rights Activism: Beyond Social Media a third and last session will be organised in order to present smart initiatives promoting youth activism and networking using new technologies and social media.

The session will take place on 10 March froom 15h00 to 16h30 (London time) and will join in debate Dialogue Café Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and Dialogue Café Rio de Janeiro (UCAM University).



The last version of the programme can be dowload here: Youth for Human Rights beyond social media_S3 Programme. Kindly sing up by sending an email to daliasendra (at) casadoregalo.pt.

Join us and Share your Experiences!




The new whistleblowers: what is the role of journalists in the digital age? 0 Reply


In the framework of the cycle ‚ÄúChanging societies, changing journalism: a global discussion on the future of journalism‚ÄĚ led by the University Institute of Lisbon ISCTE ‚Äď IUL (Portugal) and Dialogue Caf√© Lisbon, a third global session on ¬†‚ÄúThe new whistleblowers: what is the role of journalists in the digital age?‚Ä̬†will be held in 26 November 2015 from 14h00 to 15h30 London time.


2nd Session DC - Changing Societies, Changing Journalism

2nd Session DC – Changing Societies, Changing Journalism


Journalism is facing big challenges. Technology, internet, social changes, and other factors are bringing many questions to what and how is going to be the future of journalism. Is journalism still important? What’s the role of journalism in a networked society? Are people still interested in what journalists have to tell them? Do they trust journalism as a good source of information? Are there new paths for journalism? Is journalism still considered the 4th power?

For example, cases like Wikileaks, the Snowden case, and even more recent LuxLeaks, brought to discussion whistleblowing and its new ways. Technology, transparency and globalization are key words in this new framework.

Discussing journalists role in this framework is of great importance, because the relation between whistleblowers and journalists is changing.

The session will be moderated by Gustavo Cardoso, Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon (CIES-IUL).

Special speakers will join us in DC Lisbon: Luis de Sousa, TIAC РTransparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica, João Paulo Pardal, TIAC РTransparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica, and Micael Pereira, Journalist at Expresso.

Other participants will join us in DC Novi Pazar and DC Rio de Janeiro.

Join Us to share your views and experiences!

More info: info at dialoguecafe.org







Future Smart Cities II
Imagine yourself in 2025 or 2050

Hosted by Waag Society ‘s Creative Care Lab & Dialogue Caf√©

3-5pm GMT March 3rd 2011

Future Smart Cities is a series of intercultural meetings on the future of cities, in light of technological developments, globalization and new opportunities to solve social, economical and environmental issues. The meetings will take place in Dialogue Cafés and Cisco offices all over the world.

Creative Care Lab hosts the second edition of Future Smart Cities about AGEING; Design for our Future Self. This session takes place in Dialogue Café Amsterdam and Lisbon and the Cisco offices in New York and London.
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The world is facing a growing ageing society. By 2020, 25% of the population in Europe will be over 60 and the 80+ populations are estimated to double by 2050. This means a ratio of two working adults for each person in retirement. These demographic changes are placing huge burdens on pension systems as well as health and care services. Issues like isolation, loneliness and wellbeing need full and focused attention in policy. The scale and complexity of the challenge is daunting. Enabling people to work longer and live independent lives will have significant ramifications for the labor market, health and care services, public finance, housing and transportation amongst others.

How can we build urban environments that are safe and healthy for an ageing society? How can we avoid social isolation and loneliness? What are the barriers encountered when building for an ageing community? What are the innovative approaches in the field? What are the most promising new models of care? What new technologies support the elderly to live active and independent lives?

The program Future Smart Cities II: Design for our Future Self is dedicated to these questions and will discuss new ideas and social innovation for our future self. We will discuss smart solutions for the complex issues related to an ageing society with designers, architects, care providers, housing corporations, elderly people and design students. Imagine yourself in 2025 or 2050?

During the session we will highlight one of the current Waag projects: HealthLab, where technology meets users. The project envisions to install a number of user-oriented environments for experiment (Living Labs for Care and ICT), where tangible applications will be developed. In these open experimental environments care and knowledge institutes, the government and small to large companies will be enabled to develop realistic solutions for one of our major social and political problems: how can we guarantee the quality of care and control the cost within an ageing population?



New York
Matthias Hollwich (HOLLWICHKUSHNER)

Peter Roelofsma (VU, involved in the HealthLab project)

Sabine Wildevuur (Waag CareLab, involved in the HealthLab project),

Wytse Miedema (involved in the HealthLab project and the Cisco program Ageing well in Almere),

Ger Baron or Martijn Kriens (Amsterdam Smart Cities, involved in the HealthLab project)

Annabel Knight
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Diogo Vasconcelos,
Distinguished Fellow, Internet Business Solutions Group (ISBG), Cisco – Chair of the Business Panel on Future EU Innovation Policy, set up by the European Commission in January 2009, and since May 2010 member of the High Level Group on Innovation Intensity Indicators. Co-author of the Interim Evaluation of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme. The report is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/einclusion/docs/aal/interim_evaluation_report.p

Luis Jeronimo
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Action for Age

Susana António,
Designer and Consultant of Think Public Portugal.
Susana is working on IntergenerationALL and Action for Age.
Pedro Rocha Vieira,
Co-ordinator of DesignResponse Unit of Experimenta Design.
DesignResponse is leading the delivery of the Action for Age project in Portugal.
Ana Fatia,
Designer, formerly involved as student on the first edition of the Action for Age project. 

Exchanging knowledge
The goal is to exchange knowledge and experience on what is needed for smarter cities to build for an ageing population. We will have a close look at actual projects worldwide, the variety of smart solutions for these issues and the required infrastructure and architecture.

More about Creative Care Lab & Design for our future self
Within the domain of healthcare Waag Society’s Creative Care Lab researches and develops creative technology for innovative applications following the principle of  users as designers. Creative Care Lab has a long history in research, conceptualizing innovative ideas and building demonstrators working with (rapid) prototyping.

Design for our future self is the title of Creative Care Lab’s public agenda and an open invitation to all in order to help develop a better caring society for our future selves. This program is realized in with support of Amsterdam Smart Cities, Amsterdam Innovation Motor, Waag Society, Dialogue Caf√©, Cisco.

Partners in this project are: AMSTA, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Hogeschool Inholland, Gemeente Amsterdam, Almere Health City, Sigra, Amste
rdamse Innovatiemotor
, Amsterdam Living Lab

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Today at Dialogue Cafe! Jo√£o Nogueira and digital technologies 0 Reply

DIY Kinetic SolarBots at Dialogue Cafe!

Today, João Nogueira, Maurício Martins, Tiago Henriques and Rita Carvalho in Lisbon and Caio Loures in Rio de Janeiro talked about the use of digital technologies in research and art and more broadly about creative uses of digital technologies in fields such as art, education and community based social ventures.

The discussion drew from the experiences of a team of ethnographers, designers, artists, IT professionals working with schools, universities, museums (including education departments), local projects, and community hubs. There was also a chance to discuss some of the exciting projects taking place in Portugal in this area – such as Diodo, Altlab, Project Eva, as well as DIY culture, hackspaces and hacklabs; and a few showcases on creative electronics and physical computing.



Come and join the Dialogue! To find out how to take part and get involved in Dialogue Cafe contact mude@dialoguecafe.org or ucam@dialoguecafe.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