Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Summer 2016

 

GLOBAL ASHOKA FELLOWS TOOK THE STAGE AT INSPIREFEST 2016

For two days this summer, Dublin was home to INSPIREFEST, “a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts.” INSPIREFEST placed diversity and inclusion at the heart of its programme, and over 70% of its lineup comprised female founders, creators, coders, venture capitalists and leaders.

The line up of speakers included two global Ashoka Fellows: Jamila Abass, founder of M-Farm, a tech platform that connects farmers across Africa, and Alexandra Bernadotte, founder of Beyond 12, which empowers first-generation college students to complete their degrees. Fashion blogger and activist Minnie Melange also told her inspiring story on stage.

Read our full reflection on Inspirefest on the Ashoka Ireland blog!

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WELCOMING 3 NEW CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS INTO THE NETWORK!

This year, three Irish primary schools have joined the Changemaker Schools network, bringing the total to twelve on the island. Please join us in welcoming:

EGLISH NATIONAL SCHOOL, AHASCRAGH, CO. GALWAY

LITTLE ANGELS SCHOOL, LETTERKENNY, CO. DONEGAL

— SCOIL ÍOSAGÁIN, BUNCRANA, CO. DONEGAL

View their profiles and find out more about the network on our website!

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ARTICLE SERIES: FELLOWS USING TECH & SCIENCE FOR GOOD

This summer, we kicked off a series of articles with Silicon Republic, highlighting Ashoka Fellows who are using technology and science to tackle social issues in innovative ways. Irish Fellows Mary Nally, Mike Feerick and James Whelton, and global Fellows Bart Weetjens, Edith Elliott and Josh Nesbit, were all featured.

Explore the articles: Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised’ andThese giant rats are big heroes in health innovation’ (Silicon Republic)

 

UPCOMING EVENT: THE 2016 CHANGEMAKER EDUCATION SUMMIT

From the 19th–22nd of October 2016, Ashoka will convene leading innovators, educators, and thought leaders from across Europe at the Changemaker Education Summit in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Representatives from all members of the Changemaker Schools network in Europe will attend the summit, to ignite conversations and co-create ideas for the future of education.

This is the largest Changemaker Education gathering to date, with 77 schools now in the European network, from across eleven countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

Find out more on the newly-revamped website: www.changemakerschools.org

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FEATURED FELLOW: NEIL MCCABE & THE GREEN PLAN

Fireman Neil is the founder of The GreenPlan, an accredited model helping businesses and communities reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs. The GreenPlan has made Neil’s home firehouse of Kilbarrack the first carbon-neutral firehouse in the world. By spreading its best practices, Neil wants to empower communities to make green living part of their daily philosophy. Since 2010, 8 out of 14 Dublin fire stations have implemented The GreenPlan, accruing over €11 million in savings, and the methodology has been written into the Dublin Fire Brigade Business Plan, the Dublin City Council Business Plan, and is being applied to policy at the EU level.

This summer, Neil was a guest of the White House in California, as a part of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship! He was selected by the U.S. Department of State to present The GreenPlan at Stanford University in front of President Barack Obama, along with 700 world entrepreneurs, 300+ investors and U.S. politicians for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

“Never ever give up if you want to see a better future. You have to believe that success is only around the corner. As social entrepreneurs we have the chance to deliver impacts that improve the quality of live on earth for present and future generations.” -Neil McCabe, Ashoka Fellow

See photos from Neil’s trip to the U.S. below, and visit the Global Entrepreneurship Summit website!

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SUMMER UPDATES FROM THE GREENPLAN:

— Neil McCabe was once again selected to receive the International Corporate Social Responsibility Award (Junior Chamber of Commerce Dublin), recognising The GreenPlan as one of the best CSR strategies in the world. He will pick up his trophy award on 27th of August in Mansion House in Dublin.

— Neil is one of three Co-Founders of GROWN Clothing, an ethical clothing brand using fully organic, biodegradable and recyclable products. Based in Dublin, the team at GROWN design and make clothing inspired by the beautiful Irish coastline. Neil has spent last three years embedding sustainable development into the everyday planning and running of the company. GROWN Clothing celebrated their official launch of the online shop this July. View the full range of clothing on their website: www.grown.ie

— On 16th September, The Green Plan will launch a free online sustainability course, in partnership with Ashoka Fellow Mike Feerick’s online course platform ALISON: The GreenPlan Champion for Communities will equip anyone who completes the course to embed The Green Plan model in their local communities. This is a huge step for The Green Plan to scale both nationally and globally, and will unlock the potential for many new communities to adopt sustainable, cost-saving practices quickly and simply. Stay tuned for more information on the course’s launch next month!

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS (SINCE SPRING'16)

Fellow Field Day: Exploring Technology with Third Age - A peek into how Ashoka Fellow Mary Nally’s Third Age teaches technology skills to older people

Beyond12 founder on the university challenge for low-income students - An interview with Inspirefest speaker and U.S. Ashoka Fellow Alex Bernadotte

Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised - Exploring how Third Age, CoderDojo, and ALISON are teaching digital skills.

Celebrating Inspirefest Fellows: Jamila Abass & Alex Bernadotte - A summary of the work of Ashoka Fellows Alex Bernadotte and Jamila Abass.

Disrupting Charity: How Social Business Can Eradicate Starvation - Ashoka Fellow Steve Collins discusses the power of social business.

Growing a business that helps small farmers in Africa - Inspirefest speaker and Ashoka Fellow Jamila Abass discusses her technological solution for farmers in Kenya.

Fellow Selection Process: An Interview with Erin Fornoff - Search lead Erin Fornoff explains how Ashoka Ireland elects new fellows.

Empowering diverse voices in STEM: Inspirefest conference lives up to its name - A reflection on Inspirefest and its focus on diversity and inclusion in technology.

Yardtime at GETNS: A change for the better - John Farrell, principal of Galway Educate Together National School, a Changemaker School, describes the impact of introducing Playworks to the school.

Helping students find their voice - Siobhán Fitzgerald, principal of Eglish National School, discusses how the Changemaker School promotes its students’ oral communication skills through its “LET’s Stand” programme.

What is a changemaker? - An exploration of what it means to be a changemaker and the important role of changemakers in the world.

Empathy, leadership, confidence: the Irish schools teaching more than the 3Rs - How Changemaker Schools across Ireland are revolutionising education.

 

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