Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue

Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue

Confronting Prejudice, Racism, and Bigotry with Conversation—and Coffee (Women in Politics, Social Activism, Discrimination, Minority Studies)

Özlem Cekic


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Discover the journey behind the Dialogue Coffee Ted Talk with over a million viewers. 

In Having Coffee with Prejudice, learn the answers to questions like:

  • Where do negative emotions like anger, frustration, and hatred come from?
  • Can conversations break down prejudices and create change and understanding?
  • What happens when we start looking for things we have in common instead of focusing only on our differences?


Özlem Cekic:

Özlem Cekic was born in Turkey in 1976. She lived in Finland for two years while her parents worked as caretakers/cleaners at the Turkish Embassy in Helsinki, and later moved to Denmark.

Özlem served in the Danish parliament from 2007 to 2015 as one of the first female politicians with a Muslim immigrant background. Since 2015, Özlem has been giving talks and providing advice in Denmark, and internationally, on how to build bridges between ethnic minorities, companies, organizations, and local government. She devised the dialogue coffee concept, based on the belief that what binds us together is far greater than what separates us.

In 2018, Özlem became only the second Dane in history to give a TED-Talk, which was about her experiences with Dialogue Coffee. At present, the talk has been viewed over 1.3 million times. Learn more about her groundbreaking work at http://dialoguecoffee.org/.