Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Spring 2018

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So 2018 has arrived and now it's time to look back on 2017 - the year we turned 10.

2017 was packed full of incredible projects, including our Changemaker Study and the 'A Decade of Change' publication in The Sunday Times, as well as some amazing news from our Fellows; Steve Collins and Valid Nutrition's reveal of their new RUTF recipe following years of testing and practise; Caroline Casey's #Valuable campaign, spreading awareness on disability in the workplace; and CoderDojo's merger with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Please see below for our updates since the Autumn AIQ.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: OUR PUBLICATION IN THE SUNDAY TIMES

On the 17th of December 2017, The Sunday Times published a supplement which featured the results of our Changemaker map and the identified the Top 10 Changemakers based on 328 interviews with Change Leaders across the country.

The Changemakers identified were men and women working across 5 different sectors:

Lynn Ruane, Senator

Ruairí McKiernan, Love and Courage

Sinead Burke, academic, blogger and advocate for equal rights

Ellie Kisyombe, founder of Our Table

Fr Peter McVerry, founder of the Peter McVerry Trust

Tanya Ward, CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance

Anna Cosgrave, founder of the Repeal Project

Mick Kelly, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Grow It Yourself

Iseult Ward, co-founder of Food Cloud

Aoibhean O'Brien, co-founder of Food Cloud

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THE CHANGEMAKER STUDY: INSIGHTS INTO THE CHANGEMAKER EXPERIENCE

Throughout last year, we conducted a first of it’s kind project, ‘The Changemaker Study’, which involved interviewing 328 Changemakers and identifying over 700 more..

As part of each interview, we asked participants about their experience of creating social change. One aim of the project was to establish whether different demographics experience and implement Changemaking in any particular way. We asked each participant a wide range of questions on topics ranging from their impact and scale to the barriers to growth they face, and how they are funding Changemaking. The project allowed us to garner a massive range of insights on each group in the study’s experience, some of which can be seen below.

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COMMUNITY GATHERING TO CELEBRATE 'ASHOKA 10: A DECADE OF CHANGE'

On January 31st, we invited the Ashoka community together in the beautiful home of Ashoka Support Network members Sir Steven and Lady Britta Wilkinson in Co. Wicklow. It was a celebration of our 10 year anniversary milestone, and ‘Ashoka 10: A Decade of Change’, our most recent publication in The Sunday Times, in which we revealed initial results from our pioneering Changemaker Study.

On the night, we were joined by the Changemakers featured in our Sunday Times publication, one of whom was Ellie Kisyombe who prepared and cooked beautiful food for the evening with the Our Table team to create a very special atmosphere.

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ASHOKA 10: A DECADE OF CHANGE - OUR 2017 IMPACT MAGAZINE

Our most recent annual Impact Magazine was published on the 1st of December 2017. An anniversary edition, Ashoka 10: A Decade of Change celebrated 10 years since Ashoka came to Ireland and revealed the results of our landmark Changemaker Study.

Alongside the insights into our Changemaker Mapping project, we featured in detail the journeys of our Ashoka Fellows from the very beginning of their Fellowship, including how they feel being an Ashoka Fellow has benefited them.

With Ashoka, there is no expiration date; you are an Ashoka Fellow for life. This means that you have access to the Ashoka Support Network for life. You are part of their family.

— Krystian Fikert, MyMind

 

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: 'EVERYONE A CHANGEMAKER' IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

New York Times editor David Brooks wrote a compelling piece on Ashoka's Everyone a Changemaker vision, discussing who Ashoka are, what we do and the growing need for a Changemaker revolution in today's world. The article featured an interview with Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton.

"The new world requires a different sort of person. Drayton calls this new sort of person a changemaker”
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JACQUELINE WILLIAMSON IS AWARDED AN MBE

Ashoka Fellow Jacqueline Williamson was awarded an MBE from the Queen of England in December of last year, highlighting her outstanding service to her community through Kinship Care NI.

Kinship Care, a charity based in Northern Ireland, supports children and teenagers who can no longer be cared for by their parents and puts them into a safe environment within their own families and communities.

Jacqueline discusses her upbringing with the Belfast Telegraph, from her days of sleeping rough on the streets to being handed her MBE by the Queen herself later this year.

"I’m grateful to the people who said I’d amount to nothing. They made me more determined to achieve in life."
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MIKE FEERICK DISCUSSES A BILLION DOLLAR OPPORTUNITY WITH THE INDEPENDENT

Mike Feerick, CEO of ALISON and Ashoka Fellow, recently spoke with The Independentabout his incredible journey with ALISON and how it ranks as one of the top online educational platforms in the world.

"The power of the crowd is the future of accreditation."
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FEATURED FELLOW: MARY NALLY

We would like to extend our warmest wishes to Mary who has recently retired!

Mary, the founder of Third Age Ireland, has spent countless years bettering the lives of others, initially as a nurse and then through founding Third Age.

Third Age Ireland bridges gaps between generations and disparate populations, placing older people as advocates of isolated populations through a tripartite approach comprising of three core programmes:

Senior Helpline, a national listening and support service run by trained older volunteers aimed at tackling depression and loneliness among older people.

Fáilte Isteach, a programme which bridges two demographics groups, employing senior citizens to teach conversational English to new immigrants.

Sage, which provides support and advocacy services to older people in nursing homes, in community and hospital settings.

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CHANGE LEADERS GATHER IN LYON

Earlier this month, the Global Change Leaders Summit was hosted by Ashoka France in the beautiful city of Lyon.

The summit brought together Change Leaders from around the world - including 6 principals from our very own Changemaker Schools - who are at the forefront of transforming education systems here in Ireland and empowering young people to live for the greater good.

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SPREAD THE WORD - STAY IN TOUCH

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Spring 2018 Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely. If you’d like to get involved with Ashoka, please email Moira at mmalone@ashoka.org. Also email Moira with with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for this Summer.

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