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Archive for the 'Transforming Ireland' Category

. First things first, I am delighted to be working on this with Susan Coughlan, an experienced changemaker of great integrity and playfulness. I’ve been around this block a few times, trying to sense (or work out) what would be the most effective thing that would boost the capacity of changemakers (particularly, but not exclusively) […]

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  A Working Group on Citizen Engagement with Local Government have produced what is in many ways a very good report recommending the creation of ‘Public Participation Networks’ in each local authority area, with a conscious focus on well-being and conscious effort to include socially excluded groups who may have been left out in the […]

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. Ireland is full of gatherings in 2013.  They come in many shapes and sizes.  Some may seem frivolous and some may seek to meet deep needs. Looking back, four of the seemingly diverse gatherings I have been involved in feel like they could turn out to be particularly significant.  What draws them together is, […]

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. A lot of the challenges that we face come down to needing to look at things differently and see beyond the silos ….

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. It’s nice sometimes to come back a good while later to somewhere you have done a good bit of work. Borrisokane is a small town in the north of the north of Tipperary.  It’s one of those places that makes you think – if you could do it there, surely you could do it […]

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. Things feel like they are moving quickly – record arctic sea ice melt – activist groups linking up like they’ve never linked up before (e.g.  Awaken Ireland network connecting with Pachamama Alliance !) – I’ve even had a journal article published !  If for a moment, we ‘go slower, in order to move faster’, […]

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. “Trapped in silos we miss opportunities to share the wisdom and expertise that already exists in our people and organisations. Knee deep in doing, we fail to notice the real opportunities that can create sustainable change.” For further details of this great event read on ….

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. I have had two major experiences lately that have got me reflecting on what it is to be a change agent and the kind of change agent I want to be.  The first is the General Election in Ireland – full of people saying they want change (i.e. they don’t like what they have) […]

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. There are so many things bubbling up at the moment – some of them are still a bit fuzzy and indistinct – some will coalesce with others- it is impossible to say which will make it to the top. A lot of people in Ireland are taking inspiration from Iceland – more on that […]

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