Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Spring 2017

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FELLOWS MIKE FEERICK & NEIL MCCABE TEAM UP TO TURN IRELAND GREEN

Fellows Neil McCabe (founder of The GreenPlan) and Mike Feerick (founder of ALISON) have designed a new free online training course, The GreenPlan Champion for Communities, which takes just two hours to complete and provides users with toolkits to implement sustainable practices locally. Following The GreenPlan’s tested procedures, course takers are encouraged to pilot incremental energy-saving steps on a building in their local community, with the goal of lowering its carbon footprint by up to 20%.

Silicon Republic profiled the Fellows and their new venture in an article, The GreenPlan: A Dublin firefighter’s toolkit to save us from carbon emissions.

 

“It’s a ground-breaking idea that allows communities to practically engage with their man-made and natural environment,” says Neil McCabe. “It’s also incredibly simple. And free.”

Over 800 people have registered to complete the course since its launch in October 2016, including the Lord Mayor of Dublin, who plans to work with all mayors across Ireland on his pledge to 'turn Ireland green.' Neil and Mike's vision for the coming nine months is to see 2,000 students enroll, and to launch additional courses by the end of 2017.

To find out more about The GreenPlan and ALISON, and to take the free course online, visit the website: alison.com/courses/the-greenplan-champion-for-communities

Read the profile of Mike Feerick's "career on the Internet" in the Dublin Globe.

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY WITH OUR #GLOBALCHANGEMAKERS CAMPAIGN

THIS YEAR, WE CELEBRATED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (8TH MARCH) BY HIGHLIGHTING ASHOKA FELLOWS ACROSS THE WORLD, WHO ARE WORKING TO MAKE SOCIETY MORE INCLUSIVE FOR ALL.

When Riccarda Zezza noticed that many companies view motherhood as a professional disadvantage, she decided to disrupt the conversation. With Maternity as a Master, Riccarda has introduced the idea of maternity leave as a time of professional growth and development.

Simone Honikman realised the importance of integrating mental health care with a woman's regular maternity care, during and after pregnancy. She founded Perinatal Mental Health Partnership to address the need.

Mary Gordon founded Roots of Empathy in 1996, with an aim to break the cycle of anti-social and bullying behaviour. By inviting parents and infants into the classroom, the model introduces social and emotional learning to young students.

Jeroo Billimoria realised that children living on the streets needed access to a free, readily available help service when in distress. She founded Childline India Foundation in 1996, bringing a toll-free helpline service to every child on the streets who found themselves in need of help.

Find more stories of inspiring #GlobalChangemakers on Ashoka's global website. Read our blogpost 'Celebrating Women's Day' from last year.

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CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS IN THE IRISH TIMES

The Irish Times special feature, 'Innovation in the Classroom' (23 March) highlighted several schools in Ashoka Ireland's Changemaker Schools network, as well as innovative education programmes like CoderDojo (founded by Ashoka Fellow James Whelton).

Read the full coverage in the articles below:

· 'Schools of thought: Five big trends in innovation'

· 'Three key elements will decide how the classroom evolves'

· 'Innovation and the curriculum: day of chalk and talk is gone'

· 'Fitting computers into the curriculum'

 

"Education needs to be tailored to a child’s environment and strengths, bearing in mind that the experience of a child in Dublin 8 is very different from a child in Cork."

 

Find out more about Ireland's Changemaker Schools on our website: www.ashoka.ie/changemaker-schools

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MYMIND TO BENEFIT FROM 2017 'ONE FOR IRELAND' CAMPAIGN

MyMind, founded by Ashoka Fellow Krystian Fikert, has been chosen as a charity partner of the 2017 One for Ireland campaign with the Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Last year, the campaign raised an incredible €170,000 to combat youth homelessness.

The campaign will run over the May Bank Holiday weekend with the main collection taking place on Saturday, 29th April. There are currently over 1,500 retailers on board nationwide, including Starbucks and Applegreen.

Find out more on the campaign website: www.oneforireland.ie

MyMind published a visual and inspiring Annual Report for 2016. Read it here.

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FEATURED FELLOW: JACQUELINE WILLIAMSON & KINSHIP CARE NORTHERN IRELAND

Ashoka Ireland Fellow Jacqueline Williamson is the founder of Kinship Care Northern Ireland, providing an alternative to traditional residential or foster care for children separated from their parents. Jacqueline joined the Fellowship network in 2016 as the first Fellow based in Northern Ireland.

Kinship care is care for a child by relatives or family friends in the case that a parent cannot look after them. It helps children remain in their families and communities, which can have a number of benefits, which range from better mental health to improved educational outcomes.

Currently, there are thousands of children living in both formal and informal kinship care arrangements in the Republic of Ireland. Jacqueline intends on expanding the work of KCNI into the Republic of Ireland, but her work will not stop there. Ineffective care systems impact destitute children all over the world; supporting care by family members can create important positive change for children, families, and governments.

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IRISH TIMES INNOVATION AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN

ARE YOU A THOUGHT LEADER, ENTREPRENEUR, START-UP CREATOR, SCIENTIST AND BASED ON THE ISLAND OF IRELAND?

The Irish Times Innovation Awards is about showcasing Innovation excellence through a range of the most ground breaking product and service innovations - from drug delivery systems and state of the art network switching, to anti-allergy pillows, leading technologies for cleaning and disinfection and a breakthrough system for low cost wastewater aeration.

No idea is too big or too small! Shortlisted companies will be announced in June.

Register online now: www.irishtimes.com/business/innovation/innovation-awards

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

The GreenPlan: A Dublin firefighter’s toolkit to save us from carbon emissions --- spotlight on Fellows Mike Feerick and Neil McCabe's new online course in Silicon Republic (March)

Schools of thought: Five big trends in innovation --- Irish Changemaker Schools St. Oliver's, Galway ETNS, Our Lady's & St. Mochua's, Corpus Christi and Our Lady Immaculate, all featured in The Irish Times! (March)

Three key elements will decide how the classroom evolves --- in The Irish Times (March)

Innovation and the curriculum: day of chalk and talk is gone --- in The Irish Times (March)

Fitting computers into the curriculum --- in The Irish Times (March)

Mike Feerick: A Meaningful Career On The Internet Since 1991 --- a profile on Fellow Mike Feerick, founder of ALISON & Ireland Reaching out in the Dublin Globe (March)

The Changemaker Schools movement: Empowering students and teachers --- spotlight on our Changemaker Schools programme in INTO's InTouch Magazine (Jan)

Why Sharing May Be The Fastest Way To Transform Rural Health Care --- internationally renowned Ashoka Fellow Sanjeev Arora in Forbes (Jan)

Long-awaited social enterprise strategy on way --- good news from the public sector in the Irish Independent (Jan)

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Ashoka Fellows are the world’s leading problem solvers, who, equipped with an innovative new idea, are proven to be having long term impact on the problems of today.

Know any social entrepreneurs who fit the following criteria? Send them our way.

 

A NEW IDEA: 

This has to be something that is innovative on a global level. It can’t exist as a replica of a project or initiative from a different part of the world.

SOCIAL IMPACT: The execution of this idea must have proven large-scale social impact, or proven potential for large-scale social impact.

SYSTEMIC CHANGE: The work must point to some form of long term sustainable change in a system

Although our nomination cycle for 2017 is closed, we always welcome nominations for consideration in the future.

You can nominate Fellow candidates on our website, or by emailing Community Manager Paul Stapleton (pstapleton@ashoka.org).

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the spring 2017 issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Please contact Fiona (fkoch@ashoka.org) with articles or submissions for our summer edition, planned for June/July.

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