Dialogue café

Bringing people together in conversation


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Web http://dialoguecafe.org/

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About the project Edit

Dialogue Café is a global network of people and organisations from the public, private and not for profit sectors, as well as individual citizens, who come together, via video conference, to share information and ideas, learn about new projects and collaborate on new ways of tackling social and environmental problems. The cafés will bring ordinary people together to share their common interests and concerns. Dialogue Café facilitates local and global collaborations on projects related to the three pillars of sustainable development: People, Planet and Prosperity. Dialogue Café, launched in February 2010, is managed by a non profit organisation set up as a public interest association.

The Dialogue Café Association, together with a range of partners is developing a global network of Dialogue Cafés. Each of these cafés is furnished with the latest in state of the art video conferencing technology, and is managed locally by a partnership of community groups, local government and business. These cafés will be connected though a global exchange that will facilitate the development of multicultural projects and multicity events, including conferences, meetings, lectures and concerts.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The concept of Dialogue Café is based on the idea that ordinary people, given the opportunity, will explore their common interests - even across geographical and political divides. Cisco TelePresence screens in cafés will enable people to chat, exchange ideas and collaborate in new ways.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Cafés have long served as breeding grounds for great debate and grand designs. Dialogue Café builds on this by combining the social potential of cafés to the power of video conferencing, exponentially expanding our collective ability to problem-solve and innovate as a global community.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Over the next few months, Dialogue Café will opening its first six cafes in London, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Ramallah and Doha.

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