EXPERIENCE Dialogue in the dark

Partner DSE  

Workshop Description

As one of the most unique workshop formats, participants will experience themselves and others in complete darkness where they are challenged by solving tasks within groups. They will be assisted by visually impaired or blind facilitators who will create a unique learning atmosphere, filled with authenticity, empathy and openness. The progression of exercises in complete darkness will create absolutely unpredictable situations. Since it is not possible to use one’s visual sense, one has to activate entirely new resources and unused potentials to reach the set goals via communication, team-work and trust. The skills involved are of utmost importance in the dark and practicing them within the workshop has a lasting effect. This inspiring experience brings about dramatic insights for professional leaders in their everyday routines.

In addition to the workshop sessions, we will have extra walk-in sessions, where participants will be able to enjoy a café atmosphere in complete darkness, guided and served by the visually impaired or blind facilitators. Participants will have the opportunity to have an open dialogue among themselves and with their facilitators. These sessions will take place during all breaks and networking sessions.

Dialogue in the Dark Workshops and Exhibitions are one of the programmes Dialogue Social Enterprise uses to improve the social economic condition of persons with disabilities and to promote a more inclusive society.


Format Output
Level Universal


The Dialogue in the Dark sessions will take place during all three Focus Group sessions. In addition, walk-in sessions as described above will take place during all breaks and networking sessions.

Session 1 Thursday, November 5, 2pm - 4.15pm
Session 2 Friday, November 6, 11.30am - 1pm
Session 3 Friday, November 6, 2.30pm - 4pm

We kindly ask all registered GSBS participants to sign up for the Focus Groups on our e-180 platform here.

Workshop Host & Co-Host(s)

  Speaker Dimitrova   

Daniela Dimitrova

Director of Dark Operations

Together with a team of experienced Dialogue in the Dark guides 



November 11th, 2015

The Global Social Business Summit 2015 - in Berlin, Germany - has come to a bittersweet end. We thank all those who supported us throughout the process; all those who participated in the event; and all those who helped to spread the YY Spirit of the Social Business Movement in the days leading up to - and during - the event.

We can't wait to see all of you in China for the Global Social Business Summit 2016.

Find a selection of photos from the three days of the #GSBS2015 here.



6 Years of GSBS


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On our website you can find the latest version of the agenda, session topics & speakers for the Global Social Business Summit 2015, The program is preliminary and subject to change. Stay tuned for the next updates!


Getting Around

The main venue for the Global Social Business Summit 2015 is the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany.