January 2011, Issue9

Dear Friend,

I hope 2011 is starting well for you.

While mass demonstrations take place in the Arab world, and continuing economic challenges loom large at home, the headlines seem to underline the need for dialogue- both to address conflicts and to manage social challenges creatively. The Dialogue Society has had a busy and positive month, with exciting developments which will contribute to the expansion of its work for intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and citizenship.

A key development that I am delighted to announce concerns a very exciting joint undertaking with Keele University. This October University's internationally renowned School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy will welcome its first intake of students for a unique new Masters Degree in Dialogue Studies. The postgraduate MA course has been designed and will be delivered in partnership with the Dialogue Society, which will be offering students valuable professional experience and training during a 10-week work placement in the heart of multi-cultural London. It is designed for graduates who wish to examine and understand theories of dialogue and their applications in peacebuilding and in the development of intercultural understanding and social cohesion. With a practical outlook supported by top quality academic teaching and research experience, the course is ideally placed to help students develop the understanding and skills to become successful and reflective leaders of intercultural dialogue.

I am also very pleased to be able to introduce you to new members of the Dialogue Society team. In December we were joined by a new Media and Communications Director, Havva Murat, who brings experience in journalism and PR, as well as enthusiasm for dialogue, to her new role. She will be developing the Dialogue Society's ability to explain, promote and thereby expand its work, exploring new form of dialogue online and taking responsibility for the Media School. Tamer Yigit, who joined us in October, is finding all kinds of ways to contribute to dialogue and social cohesion in East London. January has also seen the arrival of Mustafa Kasim Erol, our new Oxford Representative, who is looking to take the activities of the Dialogue Society to Oxford.

We look forward in February to the continuation of the Media School, which has been proceeding with great success during January. In addition we will have the third panel discussion in our "Making Dialogue Effective" series, with a panel who bring a wealth of experience to the topic: "Skills in Dialogue: Cultivating Listening and Empathy."

I hope you will be able to join us at the Dialogue Society in the near future.

Warmest Regards
Ozcan Keles
Executive Director

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Launch

Dialogue Society and Keele University to Launch Unique New Masters in Dialogue Studies

Dialogue Society and Keele University to Launch Unique New Masters in Dialogue Studies, October 2011

October 2011 - Dialogue Society and Keele University to Launch Unique New Masters in Dialogue Studies

This October Keele University's internationally renowned School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy will welcome its first intake of students for a unique new Masters Degree in Dialogue Studies. The postgraduate MA has been designed and will be delivered in partnership with the Dialogue Society, which will be offering students valuable professional experience and training during a 10-week work placement in the heart of multi-cultural London. The MA in Dialogue Studies is designed for graduates who wish to examine and understand theories of dialogue and their applications in peacebuilding and in the development of intercultural understanding and social cohesion. The course fills a gap in postgraduate education provision, exploring the role of intercultural dialogue not only in situations marked by armed conflict but also in combating discrimination, ghettoisation and extremism in countries such as the UK. Its cutting-edge interdisciplinary approach explores the theory and practice of dialogue through a unique combination of taught subjects, skills-based training, research and internship.

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New members

Oxford Representative Joins the Team: Mustafa Kasim Erol

Oxford Representative Joins the Team: Mustafa Kasim Erol, 01/01/201101/01/2011 - The Dialogue Society warmly welcomes Mustafa Erol, who joined the team this month.

Mustafa Kasim Erol graduated from the Department of Theology, Selcuk University, Turkey. He obtained his MA from Birmingham University in 1999. He taught Religious Education & Citizenship in various schools from 2002 to 2008. His most recent post was at Alexandra High School, Birmingham. He was a founding member of several educational organisations and has acted as chairman for some of them in the United Kingdom. He worked for an interfaith NGO in Turkey between 2008 and 2010 as well as working part time as an Examiner and Team Leader at Cambridge University (2002-present). Kasim is also a full-time PhD Candidate at Kings College, University of London, at the Department of Education and Professional Studies. His areas of interest include education, intercultural & interfaith dialogue, Islamic theology and human rights. He regularly speaks at conferences and public events on such topics in the UK and overseas. He is married and has 2 children.

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New East London Representative for the Dialogue Society: Tamer Yigit

New East London Representative for the Dialogue Society: Tamer Yigit, 01/10/201001/10/2010 - In October the Dialogue Society was delighted to welcome Tamer Yigit as its new East London Representative, taking on the role of building up the Dialogue Society's community-based work in East London.

Tamer is a graduate of the Department of Maritime Management and Transportation Engineering, Turkey. He worked in Italy between 2004 and 2005 where he became involved in dialogue and cultural activities in Rome, Venice and Milan. He has also volunteered for dialogue NGOs and organisations in other parts of the world, organising events in 12 different countries. In this role he organised intercultural trips for over 2000 people between 2007 and 2009.

Between 2009 and 2010 Tamer volunteered for the Fellowship Dialogue Society based in Southampton before coming to London to join the Dialogue Society team.

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Events

Media School Week 5: A Journalist's Perspective, with Nigel Dudley

Media School Week 5: A Journalist's Perspective, with Nigel Dudley, 26/01/2011

26/01/2011 - Nigel Dudley, Economics and Politics Journalist and Editor of Quantum, presented the fifth session of the Dialogue Society's Media School, sharing his first-hand insights into the perspectives of journalists. In a world where community groups, charities and religious organisations are often wary of the media, and in which journalists are often criticised for misrepresentation, it was enlightening to hear another side of the story, reflecting on the needs and priorities of journalists and how to take these into account in interacting with them. Participants from a range of community groups, charities and religious organisations raised questions of practical importance to their organisations. It was a highly informative and thought-provoking session.

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Roundtable with David Warren, the British Ambassador to Japan

Roundtable with David Warren, the British Ambassador to Japan, 26/01/2011

26/01/2011 - The Dialogue Society was honoured to host David Warren, the British Ambassador to Japan, for a roundtable discussion of "East Asian Affairs with Particular Reference to Political and Economic Developments in Japan." Mr Warren's most interesting presentation, and the lively discussion which followed, explored the very positive relationship which continues to exist between the UK and Japan, challenges currently faced by Japan and grounds for optimism, and the lack of meaningful coverage of Japanese affairs in the British media. The event reflected the Dialogue Society's concern to be open to topics, and guests, beyond its most habitual themes. The discussion and the opportunity to meet those who attended were enjoyable and enlightening.

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Media School Week 4: Being a Media Spokesman, with John Carter

Media School Week 4: Being a Media Spokesman, with John Carter, 19/01/2011

19/01/2011 - The fourth week of the Dialogue Society Media School consisted of a practically-oriented discussion of the art of being a media spokesman. John Carter MA, Director of Press and Communications for the Church of England Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, gave insights into media perspectives, explored the example of the Church of England approach to the media and invited participants to explore their own techniques as media spokespeople through exercises and discussion. Participants considered how to be good advocates of their (actual or hypothetical) organisation, how to understand and effectively present their organisation, how to be a good press officer, building relationships with journalists and pitching stories to them, and how to handle media attention. The session was very well attended and of great value to all concerned.

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Media School Week 3: Citizen Journalism, with Jonathan Fryer

Media School Week 3: Citizen Journalism, with Jonathan Fryer, 12/01/2011

12/01/2011 - For the third week of the Media School the Dialogue Society was delighted to welcome Jonathan Fryer, writer, broadcaster, lecturer and politician, for an exploration of "Citizen Journalism." He examined the profound changes that have taken place in the world of media as the public have rejected the role of passive consumers and as new technologies have facilitated their active participation. He discussed the advantages of the openness and speed of media now, but raised concerns over the quality of media in a world in which everyone can express themselves publicly with such ease and with so little regulation. A diverse group of participants engaged in the discussion with enthusiasm, and the evening concluded with further conversation over some delicious Noah's Pudding.

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Dialogue Society and Regional Independent Branches' Winter Retreat

20/12/2010-23/12/2010 - In December, the Dialogue Society team was joined by members of the three independent UK branches, other volunteers and their families for three days at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre in the New Forest. It was an opportunity to reflect upon and discuss the current projects and future plans of the organisations, to relax and socialise in the warm log cabins, to do some reading and thinking and to enjoy the beautiful scenery and leisure facilities. It was a refreshing and useful break for all involved and provided a chance for some real dialogue between the members of the dialogue teams.

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Outreach

Jeremy Corbyn MP, lunch at DS

Jeremy Corbyn MP, lunch at DS, 25/01/201125/01/2011 - The Dialogue Society was delighted to host Jeremy Corbyn MP for lunch at the Dialogue Society in January. Dialogue Society staff were able to update Jeremy on developments in the organisation's work and to discuss areas where it could contribute to projects in Islington.

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Dialogue Society at the Fabian Society New Year Conference

Dialogue Society at the Fabian Society New Year Conference, 15/01/201115/01/2011 - The Dialogue Society attended the Fabian New Year conference where Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour party gave the keynote speech embarking upon a fundamental review of the party's policies for the New Year. The conference was initiated by The Fabian Society, Britain's biggest centre-left think tank. The day-long conference held at the Institute of Education saw 900 delegates debate whether a �next left' movement could build the majority coalition needed by the Labour Party. The Dialogue Society met a number of MPs, Lords and journalists including Chucka Ummuna MP, private secretary to Ed Miliband. The event was a valuable opportunity to explain the Dialogue Society's work and enter into dialogue with policy makers.

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Dialogue Society meeting with Jennette Arnold MA

Dialogue Society meeting with Jennette Arnold MA, 12/01/201112/01/2011 - Tamer Yigit, the Dialogue Society's East London Representative, met with Jennette Arnold, London Assembly Member for North East London and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly to discuss how the Dialogue Society might contribute towards tackling social problems in her consituency. They discussed a range of issues including integration, education and minority difficulties back in Islington. Jennette Arnold, a warm and hospitable host, expressed a keen interest in the work of the Dialogue Society and the potential for working in partnership and collaborating on future projects, notably in matters concerning her many constituents of Turkish origin.

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Visit from Islington Borough Commander Mike Wise

Visit from Islington Borough Commander Mike Wise, 05/01/201105/01/2011 - Having visited him in his office in December the Dialogue Society was delighted to be able to host Borough Commander Mike Wise for lunch at the Dialogue Society office in January. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss local issues and relevant Dialogue Society projects, and to reflect on possible collaboration.

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Dialogue Society brings Noah's Pudding to Emily Thornberry MP's Christmas Reception

Dialogue Society brings Noah's Pudding to Emily Thornberry MP's Christmas Reception, 16/12/2011

16/12/2011 - The Dialogue Society's East London Representative, Tamer Yigit, attended Emily Thornberry MP's Christmas Reception, bringing Noah's pudding supplied by expert Dialogue Society volunteers. At this enjoyable event Tamer had the opportunity to meet and talk with politicians, councillors and a variety of local stakeholders, discussing local issues in Islington and the work of the Dialogue Society. The Noah's Pudding, and the story and principles behind it, were much appreciated by all.

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Media School- Week 5: A Journalist's Perspective Video

Media School- Week 5: A Journalist's Perspective Video

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Past & Forthcoming Events

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Internship at the Dialogue Society

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