Dare to Care International Convention 2021

7 May 2021 - 9 May 2021   |   Brussels, Belgium (Online)


May 7 – 9, 2021

“A world that dares to care, and a world where care is placed at the center of political discourse will be a better world, a more united world.” This is what the #daretocare campaign believes. But what path does human society still have to take to put care at the center of politics and our actions as citizens? How can we overcome the spiral of individualism, broaden our gaze and dare to take care of the common good? This is will be the main topic of the Dare to Care International Conference, a three-day event in which citizens and politicians, as in an online open forum, will be able to think, discuss and work together to find remedies for the many pathologies of our society…

The convention has three aims: discover, connect and activate. Friday will be a chance to dive deeper to discover what Dare to Care means in various contexts economics, migration, communication and art – exploring the journey of #daretocare through stories, ideas and initiatives from the last year. Saturday will be a chance to connect locally and globally with local events of Dare to Care all over Europe and beyond.  Sunday will be a chance to activate the next stage of the #daretocare journey which will focus on care for our environment and the planet.


Dare to Discover

Friday, May 7, 2021

What difference can I make to the future of Europe? Workshop

10.30-11.30 (CEST)

This workshop is an opportunity to connect people with the European parliamentary democracy ahead of the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe. It will be a chance to find out more about the European Parliament, its functions and role in today’s society. We will address issues of civic engagement, enthusing citizens to get involved in democratic processes, building platforms for ‘community activism’ and how we can intensify dialogue between our institutions.

The workshop will be led by Roger Casale, founder of the New Europeans and former Member of the UK Parliament and moderated by Michal Siewniak, trustee of New Europeans UK.

Register here: http://bit.ly/futureofeuropeworkshop

Languages: English with translations in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Dare to Care International Convention Opening Show

12.00-12.45 CEST

This show will bring #daretocare to the political heart of Europe – the city of Brussels – and will explore the vision and journey of #daretocare through stories, actions and initiatives from all over the world. Join Rita, Febe and Johnny as they take you through the journey of #daretocare since it’s launch in June 2020.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Languages: Original language English with subtitles in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Young people in dialogue with President Sassoli

13.00-13.45 CEST

Young people from across Europe will join the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, for a moment of dialogue about what it means to #daretocare in politics in Europe today. This moment of dialogue will be a chance to share more about the #daretocare initiative and dialogue with President Sassoli about a politics of care and unity as we move through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Languages: English with translations in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese

The Economy of Francesco: Policies & Happiness and Work & Care’s proposals

14.00-15.15 CEST

Join the Economy of Francesco’s villages of Policies and Happiness and Work and Care as they discuss the concrete proposals they are working on to build economies of care.

Register here: http://bit.ly/eofvillages7may

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Languages: English with translations in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Politics and Art: Art as an instrument of a politics of care

15.30-16.30 CEST

DanceLab Armonia (Italy) will present their story as a tool for building peace and positive social change. The event will be a chance to connect artists from around the world and will see the launch of a new international dance network.

Register here: http://bit.ly/politicsandart7may

Languages: Italian with translations in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Afternoon coffee on dialogue, diversity and social inclusion

16.30-17.15 CEST

An afternoon coffee with a difference. The discussion will explore how can dialogues help remove the existing social barriers? We will approach diversities and dialogues from different perspectives in various geographic contexts through intercultural dialogue, intergenerational dialogue, dialogues in racial diversity and tensions, and in social/economic inequalities, from North America, Latin America and Europe. The panellists will exchange their frank opinions based on their own experience from day to day life. Bring along your favorite cup of coffee/tea/mate for our conversation.

Watch here: http://bit.ly/afternooncoffee7may

Languages: English with translations in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Musical interval with Mosaico

17:15-17.25 CEST

Mosaico (Gen Rosso Local Project) will share their story of building a band to add voices to calls for peace and brotherhood. This will be the premiere of interviews with the team behind Mosaico and the release of their most recent songs.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Spanish with subtitles in other languages

Care and Prosocial Communication: how to understand those who make caring hard

17.30-18.50 CEST

What do we do when a person makes life difficult for us? Even with people we love and care for, we may have difficult or challenging conversations. We may not always understand what the other person really wants, or why this person thinks in a particular way. To take care of each other, first, we have to take care of ourselves, take responsibility for understanding what is our part in a communication process. Not everything is black or white, there are always grey areas and our contribution can be essential to generate real, effective, non-paternalistic interpersonal relationships that promote the self-esteem, identity and creativity of the person we want to help and care for. The session is interactive and the participant is expected to join a vibrant discussion.

Session facilitator: Pilar Escotorin, Associate Professor of Autonomous University of Barcelona and Prosocial Coach.

Register here: http://bit.ly/careandprosocialcommunication

Languages: English with translations in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Migration Challenges in Europe: How do I care?

19.00-21.00 CEST

A workshop aims to address some of the challenges of migration in Europe by giving young people from different European countries with grassroots experience the opportunity to interact socially with their peers.

Register here: https://forms.gle/FdxUUoGRKpwqda4S9

Dare to Connect

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday 8th May is a day to connect locally and globally as part of the Dare to Care International Convention.

Dozens of local meetings are planned for this day and you can find them on the central United World Calendar: unitedworldproject.org/en/uww2021 on 8th May.

Dare to Activate

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Dare to Care International Convention – Launch show

12.00-12.45 CEST

Join Rita, Febe and Johnny in Brussels as they help launch the next stage of the #daretocare journey focusing on integral ecology and care for our planet. Stories and commitments from all over the world will help launch the next phase of this campaign.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Languages: Original language English with subtitles in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Sustainable Lifestyles – Me, Us, and Our World

13.00-14.00 CEST

Join teenagers from the Teens4Unity movement, Nomadelfia, and the Pope John XXIII Community for an interactive session of stories and experiences to develop your action plan to realise your commitment to care for the planet for the coming year.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Register here for Zoom: http://bit.ly/sustainablelifestyles9May

Languages: Italian, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese

Care and COP26

15.00-16.00 CEST

What role can the vision and narrative of care have in the upcoming conference on climate change (COP26). Cristina Guarda (Regional Councillor, Veneto) will moderate a discussion with Ambassador Pasquale Ferrara (Italian Special Envoy to Libya), Professor Simone Borg (Ambassador for Climate Action, Malta), and Lorna Gold (Chair, Global Catholic Climate Movement).

Register here: http://bit.ly/careandcop26

Watch live: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Languages: English with translations in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese

Accessible Environments, Inclusive Societies Launch

16.00-16.45 CEST

Join the launch of the ‘Accessible Environments, Inclusive Societies’ project (www.aeis.cloud). The webinar will share the experiences of innovative projects from disabled persons, their families, and activists and professionals from the sector all around the world.  The project aims to help spread a culture of environmental accessibility.  This idea of an accessible environment – a world in which no one, regardless of their physical or cognitive condition, encounters any more architectural or technological or social barriers that affect their mobility, limit their relationships, and prevent their full realization as persons and as citizens – can no longer be confined to utopia.  Today, this must become a reality: this is a prerequisite for the realization of an inclusive society.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/unitedworldproject

Languages: Original Language audio with subtitles in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese