For over 10 years we have been promoting our Civil Dialogue initiative and encounters of horizontal collaboration where participating stakeholders are engaged as equals and are both motivated and required to give and receive, adding value to all parties in the relationship.
We connect groups at extreme opposites and bring them together to learn about and appreciate each other through open conversations, guided interactions and joint activities.
Participants in our conversations include:
- African, Asian, Middle East, Caribbean, Latino and Underprivileged USA youth.
- International Visual Artists.
- Social and Cultural Entrepreneurs.
- Female Entrepreneurs and Innovators.
- Male and Female Inmates.
- US College students.
- Remote mountain village community and innovators in the Caribbean.
- Stanford University innovators.
- Dominican - Haitian stakeholders.
We seek to promote harmony among them through direct interaction, joint projects and share activities where each party learns from each other and collaborates on common goals.
We deliberately avoid the initiatives to be perceived as aid programs and the conventional condescending relationship where one party benefits from the other and one give and another receives. We believe everyone has a lot to give, teach and share and we enable the collaborative platform and logistics to allow each party to add value and generate shared value.
Some of these activities include:
Dialogue through Dance
World renowned tap dancer, Ted Fellow and founder of Tap Legacy Foundation has joined us multiple times in the Dominican Republic, Haïti and France to bring stakeholders together through dance. These Dance performances and open exchanges have taken place among:
- Male Inmates in Caribbean prison II. (2015)
- Female Inmates in Caribbean Republic prison II. (2015)
- Dominican Youth. (2015)
- Orphan Kids. (2014)
- Private School Kids. (2014)
- Haitian Immigrant Kids at the Dominican border. (2014)
- Remote mountain village children. (2014)
Dialogue through Art
- Manual creation of visual pieces by homeless migrant kids in Europe with a visual artist from Spain. (2018)
- Visualization and drawing workshop with underprivileged kids in Haïti in coordination with Danish supporters. (2012)
- Puppet creation workshops for kids in the mountains of Haïti and orphans in the Dominican Republic with puppet makers from the Middle East. (2013)
Dialogue through Youth Exchange and Encounters
- US Students visit and scientific field work to mountain village in the Caribbean. (2014)
- Coordinated by Carlos Miranda Levy and Jon Katz.
- Bi-lingual t-shirts for sale with messages in Spanish, Haitian Creole, English and Japanese. (2013)
- Messages and translations provided by Eden Quayle, Yuka Tanaka, John Engle, Alex Myrill, Merline Engle and Mariam Yazdani.
- Designs by Nahomi Sánchez.
- Speaking on social impact through social media to Venezuelan youth ambassadors in Washington, DC. (2013)
- Videoconference by Carlos Miranda Levy.
- Haitian and Dominican youth encounters with Singaporean Social Entrepreneur and photographer Robin Low. (2013)
- National University of Singapore (NUS) Students visit and field disaster recovery work in Japan (2012)
- Coordinated by Robin Low.
- Connecting students in Washington, DC with rural students in the Dominican Republic. (2012)
- Flying kites and Skype conversations on 2012.
- Cathy Healy, from Chavez Prep Schools coordinated in Washington, Angie Díaz from Plan International coordinated in Dominican Republic.
- Celestino González assisted in video, photography and engagement activities.
- Flying kites and Skype conversations on 2012.
- Video-conference on gender issues with Haitian and Dominican youth (2012)
- Connecting students in Japan with students in Haiti: Haitian and Japanese youth recorded and sent a video and pictures to each other. (2011)
- Eden Quayle coordinated in Japan, Carlos Miranda Levy, Danel Georges and Emeline Dessert in Haïti.
- Young Creators: Videogame Coding and Creative Storytelling workshops for homeless kids using tablets
- Young Creators Academy: Visual Art, Used Clothes and emotional ties
- Young Creators Academy: Dance with Homeless Migrant Kids in Paris
- Civil Dialogue: Mary Saisselin speaks to youth about film art direction and set design
- Civil Dialogue: Steve Hickner shares life experience and drawing skills at Community Technology Center of Pedro Brand on its opening day
- Cultural Entrepreneurship: an open conversation
- Young Creators: Videogame Coding Summer Camp 2017
- Social Innovation and Computer Camp for Vulnerable Youth 2016
- Creativity and Video Games Creation Summer Camp for Vulnerable Youth 2015
- Environmental Hackathon | Hackathón Ambiental 2017
- Digital Storytelling, empowering and career choices workshop at El Limón by Cheyann Reagan, Alejandro García y Carlos Miranda Levy.
- Film, Acting, Personal and Community Growth workshop at @Centro Alternativo Rural El Limón
- Impact Immigrants: Introducing Tech Tools to Immigrants displaced by conflict
- Port-au-Prince Earthquake Wall of Remembrance - finishing round (Aug. 2013)
- Civil Dialogue in Haïti: Viva Rio - Talking Kites, Puppets and Capoeira (2013)
- Digital Storytelling in Pedro Corto with Cathy Healy and Celestino González
- Digital Storytelling at Escuela Nueva with Cathy Healy
- Briefing: https://photos.app.goo.gl/p2ygq5vksFxF26AeA
- Writing Stories: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hPvGL1Z6KjmarSVa7
- The Stories: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9VavC3gzibGRa7mF7
- Shooting Macabre Night Story: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mZTSkVE4sr11rZQb9
- Shooting Earthquake Story: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2t76b6X5FJjeQXpj8
- Shooting Tired Story: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qUsNMbf5C83dzVYu7
- Earth Day at Escuela Nueva by Civil Innovation Lab, Colectivo Revark and Partners
- TEDxinaBox Silent Adventure: Talks by deaf speakers at Ebano Verde Reserve
- Cultural Show with Prison Male and Female Inmates and Exchange with Film Director
- Cultural Entrepreneurship and performance for female inmates at Najayo jail with TED Fellow and tap dancer Andrew Nemr, artist Marcelo Ferder and Percussionist Edgar Molina
- Cultural Entrepreneurship and performance for male inmates at Najayo jail with TED Fellow and tap dancer Andrew Nemr, artist Marcelo Ferder and Percussionist Edgar Molina
- Entrepreneurship behind Bars: Workshop at Najayo
- Andrew Nemr's storytelling with tap dancing with schools in bateyes and communities in Barahona, Dominican Republic
- Andrew Nemr's activity with students and orphans at school Divina Pastora, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Andrew Nemr interacts through tap dancing and storytelling with students at Colegio Escuela Nueva
- Andrew Nemr speaks and perform for Dominican Youth on National Youth Day at the Central Back auditorium with the office of the VicePresident and the Technology Community Centers
- Andrew Nemr and Vulnerable Kids at La Romana
- Civil Dialogue: Talking Kites, connecting kids in Santo Domingo with kids at the Haitian-Dominican border and with other cities around the world.
- Puppet Workshop at Divina Pastora School
- Indigenous children meet ICT in Amazonian Bolivia