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Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Summer 2018

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2018 has been a busy year so far for Ashoka Ireland! Ending last year on a high with the publication of a supplementary feature magazine in the Sunday Times entitled 'Ashoka10: A Decade of Change', the first half of this year has been filled with more highlights, community gatherings and supporting Ashoka Fellows in creating widespread impact.

Read below for some exciting updates and insights into our year so far.


ASHOKA'S FIRST EU CHANGEMAKER SUMMIT

On May 16th Ashoka held its first ever 'European Changemaker Summit' in Berlin, Germany. This event brought together 36 leading social entrepreneurs from 16 countries to represent the future of system-changing social innovation in Europe. The social entrepreneurs formed a diverse group, addressing issues from migration to the future of work. 

The aim? To facilitate intentional connections between systems changing social entrepreneurs and wider stakeholders from across Europe.

150 selected decision makers attended - investors, foundations, companies, public institutions and NGOs from across Europe. All attendees gained a deep insight into the most pressing social challenges faced across Europe and the solutions that are being implemented.

There was a strong Irish contingent at the event; Irish Ashoka Fellow Caroline Casey was the keynote speaker, and it was attended by members of the Ashoka Ireland Community and included the Irish Ambassador to Germany.

Take a look at the video below to see action from the day.

 

THE Ashoka summer BBQ

Kindly hosted by ASN members Eamonn and Lorraine Quinn, we held an Ashoka Community BBQ on the 30th of June. Thankfully, the Irish weather was on our side!

It was a wonderful occasion with great company, conversation and food. Have a look at some of the photos from the day.

 

AShoka Founder bill drayton features in the new york times

Founder of Ashoka, Bill Drayton, recently featured in the New York Times outlining the mission of Ashoka. Take a read of the article below to get a piece of Bill speaking about the 'Everyone a Changemaker' Ashoka vision.

Alongside this media highlight was recognition for our global efforts. Ashoka was recently recognised as the 5th most influential NGO in the world by the NGO Advisor, an independent Geneva based agency specialising in evaluation the influence of civil society organisations.

 

INSPIREFEST 2018

Billed as “a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts,” Inspirefest is an annual STEM and arts-focused festival that champions diversity and inclusion in a sector that is famously scant on those values. For the third year in a row, Ashoka contributed to the line up of amazing speakers.

One of Ashoka's prominent Young Changemakers Eden Full Goh, founder of SunSaluter, was one of the speakers at the event. She has been listed as one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 for three years in a row and is one of the US Chamber of Commerce’s IP Champions.

SunSaluter is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving energy and water access in the developing world using technology. Sansaluter's innovative use of solar panels provides users with 30% more energy than standard solar panels and creates filtered, clean water simultaneously.

Congratulations to Inspirefest for running an incredible event, and best wishes for next year's event!

See Eden speaking and hear more about SunSaluter in the video below.

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'Flip the system uk: a teacher's manifesto' includes a chapter written by CHANGEMAKER PRINCIPAL gary farrell

Gary Farrell, principal of Our Lady’s & St. Mochuas’ Primary School (OLSM) — a Changemaker School in Northern Ireland — wrote a chapter for the recently published book ‘Flip the System UK: A Teachers Manifesto’. 

Flip the System UK: A Teacher's Manifesto "accurately defines the problems of low teacher morale and offers systemic, future-proof and realistic solutions to bringing hope, energy and joy back to the profession". All contributors to this book are people who demonstrate the huge scope for increased teacher influence at every level of the education sector. We would encourage all of you with an interest in Changemaker Education to have a read.

The book is available for purchase at Amazon.

 

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ICRR TAKES TO THE SKIES

This year, John Kearney – founder of Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR), a charity dedicated to delivering pre-hospital care to emergency patients – signed a contract with UK based Sloane Helicopters, in order for ICRR's Air Ambulance to take off in August this year.

The ICRR Air Ambulance, will be based at Cork Airport and will bring a 10,000 square mile area within 20 minutes of critical care.

The Air Ambulance is a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). The service will include medical crew who can provide life-saving treatment to those who are seriously ill or injured, along with rapid transport to a critical care facility.

“It is hoped that €2million can be raised per annum to fund the service. The people of Ireland have sustained our land based rapid response Volunteer Doctors over 10 years and now we’re calling on the public to support this new life saving air service.”

Would you like to help support the ICRR Air Ambulance? Visit their website.

 

GROW COOK EAT hits ireland's tv screens & GROWHQ WINS AT IRISH RESTAURANT AWARDS

GIY recently launched the first season of its television series GROW COOK EAT on RTÉ One.

GROW COOK EAT is a 7 part series where Ashoka Fellow Mick Kelly and GIY's Head of Community Development, Karen O'Donohoe, presented innovative ways to grow food at home. With Season 2 already in the works, the impact of GIY is growing substantially every year.

Building on this success for Mick Kelly, GrowHQ won an award for Best Kids Size Menu in Munster at the 2018 Irish Restaurant Awards.

Congratulations to Mick and the Grow HQ team!

 

GROWN WINS TWICE AT THE GREEN AWARDS

GROWN, co-founded by Ashoka Fellow Neil McCabe, won not just one, but two awards at the 2018 Green Awards in February: The Green Product Award and Green Small Organisation of the Year.

GROWN is an ethical and stainable producer of quality clothing in Ireland.

‘We plant one native Irish tree for every tee we create.’

Congratulations to Neil and the GROWN team!

 

MEDIA HIGHLIGHT:
TOTALLY DUBLIN EXPLORE THIRD AGE IRELAND

Totally Dublin posted an insightful article on Third Age Ireland's Fáilte Isteach programme, and brings forward some key insights from the participants themselves. The article shares the stories of some of the tutors, volunteers and immigrants who participate on the programme.

Fáilte Isteach is a community project involving predominantly older volunteers welcoming migrants through conversational English classes. Started by Ashoka Fellow Mary Nally, the initiative has now scaled to Germany and Italy with Ashoka's support.

The project provides the necessary language skills to new migrants in a student-centred, welcoming and inclusive manner while involving older volunteers and recognising their skills, expertise and contribution to the community. 

 
 

The Skilling Challenge - A collaborative study by Ashoka and McKinsey & Company

The future of work poses enormous challenges for companies. To remain competitive, they will have to develop entirely new forms of further education and skills training for their employees. The drastic changes will not only increase the demand for digital skills, but also for social skills. The following points are the key findings of a study by Ashoka and McKinsey & Company:

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The findings of the study state that companies should systematically differentiate between four forms of skills training for their employees and develop corresponding approaches for them:

UPSKILLING: Employees need to be trained to apply new technologies. 

DIGITAL RESKILLING: Digitization creates completely new requirements in IT or technical professions.

HUMAN RESKILLING: Companies need employees who prepare their colleagues for changes in society, and motivate them to learn and develop new skills. 

META SKILLS: Self-organization, leadership, adaptability and teamwork, or creativity — these skills are fundamentally important because lifelong learning and the need to embrace and manage change are becoming increasingly important to workers in the age of digitization.

The study shows how a large number of innovative social entrepreneurs from the Ashoka network have already succeed in teaching these skills, and includes Irish Ashoka Fellow Mike Feerick of ALISON. 

 
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The CHANGEMAKERXCHANGE IN IRELAND

The first Changemaker Xchange to take place in Ireland will run from the 12th to the 16th of September later this year. Being run by partners SEDCo, this event will bring together a group of young social innovators who are having an impact in Ireland to come together, collaborate and join a network of peers.

The Changemaker Xchange programme is a global collaboration platform for young social innovators under the age of 30. It seeks to maximise the social impact of these young Changemakers and introduce them to a wider community of global social innovators. During these Xchange summits, participants are given opportunities to collaborate, learn and share knowledge, ideas and awareness with one another.

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Thank you for reading our Summer 2018 AIQ — we hope you enjoyed reading about what we have been up to in Ashoka! Please feel free to share this newsletter with your community, and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to be kept up to date.

 If you have news or photos you would like to have included in our Autumn 2018 AIQ, please email Moira at mmalone@ashoka.org.

Ashoka Ireland has moved offices to 24 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. As a result, our office phone number (532 6233) is no longer active. If you have any general queries, please contact the team at infoireland@ashoka.org.

 

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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.

 

WRITE FOR OUR BLOG!

Would you like to write a guest post on social, business or education innovation for the Ashoka Ireland blog? We welcome written pieces between 500-700 words. Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org to submit your idea.

 

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ANNUAL ASHOKA FELLOW & ASN RETREAT

We held our annual summer retreat for Fellows & ASN Members in beautiful Burrishoole, County Mayo, on the weekend of April 23rd. Three days were filled with group discussions, well-being activities such as cycling, swimming & walking, one-on-one mentoring sessions, as well as music & poetry in the evenings.

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The group of over 25 attendees included Fellows, ASN Members, key advisors and the Ashoka Ireland team. We are very grateful to ASN Member Denis Tinsley for hosting the retreat in his beautiful home again this year.

View more highlights from the retreat below, and on the MEDIA HUB page on our website.

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ASHOKA IRELAND LAUNCHES SOCIAL FINANCE PROGRAMME

We are thrilled to share news that Ashoka Ireland has launched a new programme to help Ashoka Fellows finance their work, and build financially sustainable social organisations. Pioneered by Ashoka Europe Director Mark Cheng in the UK, the Social Finance Programme will allow Ashoka Ireland Fellows to explore new options for financing. The members of the Social Finance Committee in Ireland include:

• MAURA MOORE - HEAD OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & NONPROFITS, AIB

• PAUL SULLIVAN - FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL TREASURY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

• SIR STEVEN WILKINSON - FOUNDER & CEO, BUCHANAN AG

• BRIAN CAULFIELD - PARTNER, DRAPER ESPRIT

• FAYE DOUILLARD - FOUNDER, THE GIVING CIRCLE AMSTERDAM

• EAMONN CONLON - PARTNER, A&L GOODBODY

“Social finance is a different approach to funding and lending to social enterprises,” Ashoka Ireland Director Serena Mizzoni told The Irish Times this week. “It means making investments in organisations which provide a social dividend as well as a financial return. It is neither a for-profit venture or a charity – it sits in between the two. Ashoka has been pioneering this internationally for the past five years, and we are now bringing it to Ireland.”

Read the full article on social finance in The Irish Times Business Section: ‘Ashoka Ireland: Funding social change requires a new business model’

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ACTIVATING COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE

From the 18th to the 20th of March, Ashoka Germany hosted the HELLO FESTIVAL conference on refugee integration. Central to the programme were thirteen Ashoka Fellows, who presented proven solutions to working with refugees, and led workshops and deep-dive discussions on how best to replicate their models in a German context.

Among the thirteen innovators was Ashoka Ireland Fellow Mary Nally, founder of Third Age Ireland and , a community project involving predominantly older volunteers welcoming migrants through conversational English classes. Several Ashoka offices have been working with Mary to replicate the Fàilte Isteach model beyond Ireland, in countries that are severely affected by Europe’s refugee crisis.

The festival was the culmination of months of collaboration between Ashoka Germany and other Ashoka offices in Europe, as well as key local partners from the social, private and public sectors in Germany. The guest list of over 400 included key influencers from the social, business, government and media sectors.

Read our blogpost about the Hello Festival: ‘Meet the organisations committed to empowering refugees in Germany.’

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FEATURED FELLOW: MIKE FEERICK & ALISON

Mike Feerick is the founder of ALISON, one of the world’s first free online learning platforms based in Galway, on the West Coast of Ireland. An Ashoka Fellow since 2010, Mike has grown ALISON to include over 7 million registered learners and 800,000 graduates worldwide. The ALISON team is facing a busy summer with the implementation of revised branding, and the launch of its new learning management system and publishing platforms.

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Earlier this year, ALISON achieved a milestone with respect to the use of free education within justice systems worldwide, when a New York State judge sentenced a young drug offender to complete an ALISON course in lieu of prison time. Since March, the programme has spread to other New York judicial districts and is set to launch shortly in the state of Minnesota. In adopting the programme, Judge William J Watson, of the 8th Judicial district of New York stated that: “If we are to seriously consider how we can help young men and women not to reoffend, we must look to remedies that change minds, not just physical circumstances. Free online learning offers an instrument unavailable to courts to date and it must be explored.”

“We must look to remedies that change minds, not just physical circumstances.” (NEW YORK DISTRICT JUDGE)

Mike’s view is that free learning can offer alternative sentencing in every court and for every crime worldwide. At the end of the day, he says, many judges would like to impose an education sentence on defendants, but few courts have had the resources to pay for education, and likewise, defendants. If the education is free to access online - as with ALISON’s platform - then education and skills development become a real alternative options.

In the coming months, Mike will visit India, China, USA, Canada and UK. “Having such a global opportunity is exciting, but it does mean that ever so often, you need to visit the front line.” In India this May, ALISON will announce its one millionth learner. As Mike says, “Small as the world is becoming, regardless where in the world, nothing is more effective in getting things going than turning up.”

ALISON now has 30 staff at its Galway HQ. “Growing from Galway has its challenges,” says Mike. “But the rewards of coming to work with us are many. Besides the social impact we are having, we have a very multinational and talented team here – and not having to pay Dublin rent rates is a further bonus for those who want to come West.”

Find out more and sign up for a course on ALISON’s website: www.alison.com

 

NEW PARTNERSHIPS: SILICON REPUBLIC’S INSPIREFEST & DUBLIN TECH SUMMIT

We are delighted to partner with leading Irish tech conference INSPIREFEST, taking place in Dublin’s Silicon Docks June 30th-July 2nd. International Ashoka Fellows Alexandra Bernadotte (Founder, Beyond12) and Jamila Abass (Founder, M-Farm) have joined the line up of incredible speakers focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in the tech sector.

Find out more on the Inspirefest website & look out for our upcoming Silicon Republic article series on ‘Tech for Good’!

We are also delighted to join Dublin Tech Summit as a strategic partner on social entrepreneurship. The summit will take place on February 16th and 17th 2017, and will feature leaders, founders and innovators shaping technology across the globe.

Find out more on the Dublin Tech Summit website and on Twitter.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS (SINCE WINTER'16)

Want true equality? Make everyone powerful.- Part of a “Thriving in a World of Change” series produced by The Huffington Post and Ashoka, written by Bill Drayton.

Meet the organisations committed to empowering refugees in Germany - Highlights from the #HelloFestival a conversation stressing the importance of creating a culture of acceptance in host European countries.

Empowering teachers to empower young people - A piece about pioneering teachers and educators coming together as change leaders.

Reframing the refugee crisis to unlock solutions - How media outlets play a key role in shaping the narrative around Europe’s refugee crisis.

Empowering not imposing - Why women need to lead an organisational revolution.- New business models are tools that can be seized by women to redefine what leadership, and even business itself, means.

Celebrating Womens‘ Day: Inspiration from leading social innovators - Women’s day blog highlighting Fellows Mary Nally, Caroline Casey, and Mairead Healy.

Green Couch Series: Our interview with Senior Fellow Jerry White - An interview with Senior Ashoka Fellow Jerry White about Irish resilience and his future plans for peace.

Ashoka Ireland: Funding social change requires a new business model - Our latest Innovation Profile in The Irish Times

 

COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the spring 2016 issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for July. Find out more about our work on our website, and find us on Facebook & Twitter!

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'THE CATALYST FOR SOCIAL CHANGE' - OUR 2015 IMPACT MAGAZINE

In December 2015, we launched the inaugural issue of the Ashoka Ireland Impact Magazine: 52 pages of visual updates and stories of impact.

Read the magazine online: issuu.com/ashokaireland/docs/ashoka_impact_magazine_2015_final

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GROWING THE CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS NETWORK

In 2015, four Irish primary schools were added to the Changemaker Schools network, bringing the total to nine on the island. Please join us in welcoming the schools:

CORPUS CHRISTI PRIMARY SCHOOL, MOYROSS, CO. LIMERICK

GALWAY EDUCATE TOGETHER NATIONAL SCHOOL, GALWAY CITY

OUR LADY IMMACULATE JUNIOR N.S., DARNDALE, DUBLIN 17

ST. ULTAN‘S PRIMARY SCHOOL, CHERRY ORCHARD, DUBLIN 8

 

View their profiles and find out more on our website.

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ANNUAL ASHOKA FELLOW & ASN CHRISTMAS DINNER

Our annual Christmas Dinner for Fellows & ASN Members was held in December. We officially welcomed John Kearney into the Fellowship and unveiled the Impact Magazine.

View highlights from our annual Christmas Dinner below.

 

FEATURED FELLOW: JOHN KEARNEY, IRISH COMMUNITY RAPID RESPONSE

John is the founder of Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) a network of first responders providing emergency medical to patients in remote areas. Acting as a ‘mobile intensive care unit,’ ICRR is a network of highly trained volunteer emergency medical personnel who can provide treatment in life threatening circumstances.

In just one year, ICRR’s team has deployed more than100 doctors to assist nearly 500 patients with an estimated 2 lives saved each month. ICRR is on track to triple its fleet of General Practitioners to 300 over the next 3 years and scale the ICRR model to 11 counties around Ireland.

Find out more: www.icrr.ie

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‘YES INCLUSION: BUILDING AN IRELAND WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME’

We were delighted to host an event as part of New Year’s Eve Festival Dublin. Held on 30th December in beautiful Smock Alley Theatre, the event brought together Ashoka Fellows Caroline Casey, Mary Nally and Krystian Fikert, as well as Peter Brady Moans, a student from Ashoka Fellow Mairead Healy’s organisation, Future Voices.

View highlights from the sold-out event below.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS (SINCE SUMMER'15)

Connecting Through Language: Helping Migrants Integrate — A profile on Ashoka Fellow Mary Nally & Fáilte Isteach in Forbes (Aug’15)

‘The teenagers who find advantages in disadvantage’ — An extended piece on Ashoka Fellow Mairead Healy & Future Voices in The Irish Times (Aug’15)

‘Making poverty and inequality history?’ — A feature on education profiling Changemaker School Corpus Christi P.S. and Principal Tiernan O’Neill in The Irish Times (Sept’15)

‘Burren scheme shows benefits of farming on environment’ — A spotlight on Ashoka Fellow Brendan Dunford & the Burren Life farming conservation project in The Irish Times (Sept’15)

‘Ashoka takes the entrepreneurial approach to tackling social problems’ — The Irish Times innovation profile on Ashoka Ireland, featuring ASN Members Patrick Coveney and Brian Caulfield (Oct’15)

‘National campaign to train people in CPR’ — An interview with Ashoka Fellow John Kearney (ICRR) on Morning Ireland (Jan’16)

‘It’s good to be green’ — The Irish Times innovation profile on the business case for sustainability, featuring Ashoka Fellows Neil McCabe (TheGreenPlan) and Mick Kelly (GIY) (Feb’16)

NEW YEAR, NEW ONLINE HOME!

Many months in the making, we have finally launched our newly-redesigned website and blog.

Head on over: www.ashoka.ie

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the winter 2016 issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for April.

Find out more about our work on our NEW website, and find us on Facebook & Twitter!

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IRISH TIMES SPECIAL REPORT ON SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP HIGHLIGHTS THE WORK OF ASHOKA FELLOWS IN IRELAND

On 13th December 2014, the Irish Times published a series of articles on social enterprise in their print and online issues, asking writers to imagine a future of “engaged citizens in a smart society and not just alienated workers in a smart economy.”

December’s article series included ‘What social enterprise can do for you,’ which examined the concept of social entrepreneurs as “people who show that by thinking and acting in a different way, communities can be improved.” Written by Barry Flinn, the article highlighted the work of two Ashoka Fellows working in Ireland: Thorkil Sonne, Founder of Specialisterne, a recruitment company for high-functioning people on the autism spectrum, and Neil McCabe, a fireman from Dublin who has turned Kilbarrack fire station into the first carbon-negative station in the world through his sustainability model, the Green Plan.

Another featured article, ‘Solving the biggest social problems requires a willingness to fail,’ spoke with Ashoka Ireland Fellow Krystian Fikert, Founder of mental health centre MyMind.

Read the articles on the Irish Times website.

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TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM & ASHOKA

BI & Ashoka Ireland are delighted to update you about the successes of our partnership to transform healthcare in 2014.

MYMIND — In 2014, Ashoka Fellow Krystian Fikert’s organisation MyMind treated over 5,500 individuals with 1-on-1 care, opened their fourth national centre, in Limerick, and launched ‘MyMind at Work,’ a new programme to promote emotional wellbeing in the workplace. Two new centres are planned for 2015, in Galway and the Midlands.

SIEL BLEU — Ashoka Fellow Jean-Michel Ricard’s organisation Siel Bleu worked with over 1,650 people in 16 counties in 2014, and published the ‘Happier Study’ across 32 residential homes in Ireland, France, Spain and Belgium. Results showed positive outcomes across a number of measures, including reducing falls and improving quality of life.

Project ECHO — In 2014, Ashoka Fellow Sanjeev Arora’s Project ECHO welcomed St. James’ Hospital into their network, and Prof. Suzanne Norris and Colm Bergin launched the first Hepatitis-C ECHO Hub outside of the United States, which will facilitate the future management of Hepatitis C in Ireland.

EDEN ALTERNATIVE — Ashoka Fellow William Thomas’s organisation Eden Alternative successfully trained staff at Raheny Nursing Home to adopt the Eden Alternative philosophy in 2014. The model now impacts over 250 lives across Ireland, with plans to extend its reach in 2015.

THIRD AGE — Ashoka Ireland Fellow Mary Nally’s Third Age joined the health cluster in 2014. The organisation has over 1,000 volunteers working throughout Ireland contributing to their local communities through three national programmes: Senior Help Line, Failte Isteach and SAGE.

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FEATURED FELLOW: KRYSTIAN FIKERT, MYMIND

Ashoka Ireland Fellow Krystian Fikert is the Founder of MyMind, a movement for community- based mental health services. Originally from Poland, Krystian moved to Dublin in 2004 to work for Google as a search-quality evaluator. A trained psychologist, he was was struck by the volume of Irish searches relating to mental health and depression and saw a niche for support and early intervention at a community level. In 2007 he set up the PPD psychological centre, an early precursor to MyMind, offering advice and counselling to immigrant communities.

Krystian’s vision is to make mental health care available and affordable without stigma, using a revenue-generating combination of paid and pro-bono therapists and practitioners. MyMind now has a team of 80 staff, working in 10 languages from Dublin, Cork and Limerick, and a strong network of partners including Ashoka, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Boehringer Ingelheim, among many others. In a recent interview with Business&Leadership, Krystian said that co-creation has been key to his success:

“In terms of the overall vision and mission of the organisation, we are constantly interested in building partnerships with other organisations… We want mental healthcare to be as normal as going to see a GP, and we’re not going to achieve that on our own.”
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As mentioned in the Boehringer Ingelheim partnership update above, 2014 was a busy year of milestones for MyMind, and 2015 promises even more growth and success, with two new partnerships on the horizon. MyMind recently teamed up with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services to provide community based counselling and psychotherapy services to a number of their clients. Additionally, MyMind is partnering with the Irish Bank Officials Association to provide independent mental health services to their members nationally. These two partnerships will help to expand MyMind’s reach and further advance their mission of providing affordable and accessible mental health support across Ireland.

Visit MyMind’s website to experience their impressive user interface.

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FOODCLOUD CO-FOUNDER AOIBHEANN O'BRIEN WINS #JOINOURCORE COMPETITION

For the third year running, Ashoka and Ben&Jerry’s partnered up for Join Our Core, an international competition seeking to support and celebrate young entrepreneurs who have built a social mission into to their business model.

In November, two Irish finalists Aoibheann O’Brien (FoodCloud) and Joe Caslin (Our Nation’s Sons) pitched to a panel of expert judges in London. Winner Aoibheann was awarded €10,000 in prize money, FoodCloud branding on a Ben&Jerry’s ice-cream flavour and a trip to the Ben&Jerry’s headquarters in Vermont, USA. Runner-up Joe Caslin received €1,000.

Visit FoodCloud’s website to learn more about their food-redistribution model, and check out Joe Caslin’s beautiful street art installations, which seek to raise awareness around men’s mental health in Ireland!

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ANNOUNCING THE 2014 CHANGEMAKER XCHANGE SUMMIT

Founded by Ashoka in 2012 and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Changemaker Xchange selects and gathers over 100 young changemakers with a proven track record in driving exciting social ventures for a five-day summit. Hosted in Istanbul this coming May 2015, the summit is a unique chance to share experiences, learn from each other and create cross-border collaborations.

Former attendees from Ireland include Adam Harris, Founder of AsIAm, and Daithí de Buitléir, Founder of Raising and Giving Ireland (RAG). All social innovators aged between 18 and 28 are invited to apply!

Find out more about the summit at the Changemaker Xchange website & read Adam’s blogpost on Virgin Ignite from earlier this week!

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CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS: WHAT'S AHEAD IN 2015

SOME UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS:

— Changemaker Principals & students will gather at St. Oliver’s NS in Kerry for a site-visit in February— The Ashoka Changemaker Schools Summit will convene 25 Principals from all over Europe in Sweden this March

Call for nominations! Contact Anne-Marie (amneary@ashoka.org) with nominations for the next class of Changemaker Schools in Ireland

Read about our Changemaker Schools programme & watch the video on our website.

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ASHOKA FELLOW DATA FROM 2014

See how our Venture programme has helped the global social entrepreneurship sector grow in 2014!

Visit our website to find out more.

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ANNOUNCING OUR NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

In 2015, we are delighted to welcome a new Advisory Board. Patrick Coveney (CEO, Greencore), Neil O’Leary (CEO, Ion Equity), Sharon Keilthy (Health Expert, McKinsey) and Aidan Browne (Partner, Sullivan & Worcester) join long-time Ashoka supporter Bride Rosney (Secretary, Mary Robinson Foundation) and Ashoka Ireland Fellow Caroline Casey (The Ability Awards) on the Board.

Read their bios on our website.

 

COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the winter issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for this spring.

Find out more about our work on our website, and find us on Facebook & Twitter!

Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Summer 2015

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A ROUND TABLE WITH ASHOKA FELLOW SISTER CYRIL MOONEY

We had the pleasure of welcoming Ashoka Fellow & education innovator Sister Cyril Mooney to our office for a round table lunch. The lunch was attended by key education influencers, Ashoka Ireland Fellows and Changemaker Schools.

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We would mix the richest with the poorest […] and teach them how to share. The well-off children’s mindset would be, “I’m not going to condescend and lend my laptop to her. I’m going to share.” To build up a strong nation you have to learn how to share.

Sister Cyril has been living and working in Kolkata, India since 1956, where she has emerged as a nationwide leader in bringing quality education to urban and rural poor children. She received an Ashoka Fellowship in 1990 (making her the first Irish-born Ashoka Fellow!) and was awarded the Padma Shri, the Indian government’s highest honour for civilians, in 2007.

Read Joe Humphreys’s article in the Irish Times to find out more about her long career as an education innovator!

 

ANNUAL ASHOKA FELLOW & ASN SUMMER RETREAT

We held our annual summer retreat for Fellows & ASN Members in beautiful Burrishoole, Newport, County Mayo on the weekend of May 29th. Three days were filled with group discussions, well-being activities such as yoga and walking, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and music & poetry in the evenings.

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The group of over 35 attendees included Fellows, ASN Members, key advisors and the Ashoka Ireland team. We are very grateful to ASN Member Denis Tinsley for hosting the retreat in his beautiful home again this year.

View more highlights from the retreat below!

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VIDEO: IRISH CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS GATHERING

What does changemaking education mean to you? On April 21st, students, teachers and principals from Ireland’s first five Ashoka Changemaker Schools met in Francis St. CBS in Dublin.

“In a circle, everyone is equal.”

Students from all five Changemaker Schools presented on their school’s commitment to promoting values such as empathy, creativity, teamwork and leadership. Group discussions with pupils were also led by special guests Alternative Miss Ireland Sinéad Burke (aka Minnie Mélange) and Chief Commissioner of Human Rights Emily Logan.

Check out the video below created by the wonderful team at Francis St. CBS!

 

FEATURED FELLOW: BRENDAN DUNFORD, BURREN LIFE & BURREN BEO

Ashoka Fellow Dr. Brendan Dunford is a co-founder of the Burrenbeo Trust, a multidimensional resource supporting the sustainable management and use of one of the most unique landscapes in Ireland, and Burren Life, a programme helping farmers make additional income through conservation. Covering over 720 square kilometres of rural countryside in County Clare, the Burren landscape boasts Ireland’s highest density of archaeological sites and is home to over 70% of all of Ireland’s native flowers, as well as a rare blend of Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean wildflower varieties.

Burren Life’s Farming for Conservation Programme allows farmers to lead in the development and delivery of critical conservation actions on their farms, creating financial incentives for the delivery of public goods such as biodiversity, clean water, access paths and grazing habitats. There are currently 160 farmers participating in this scheme covering 35,000 acres of land in the Burren region, with plans to expand across the entire Burren and to other regions in Ireland and Europe in the next few years.

The Ashoka Ireland team had the pleasure of visiting Fellow Brendan Dunford on site at the Burren, Co. Clare in July!

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SUMMER UPDATES FROM BURRENBEO & BURREN LIFE:

MSc in Biodiversity & Land Use Planning: A unique, two year part-time course in NUI Galway has been designed specifically for professionals who wish to incorporate expertise in biodiversity and associated legislative requirements within current or future positions. Applications: www.pac.ie/nuigalway

A Special Mention in the European Awards: The Burrenbeo Trust received a ‘Special Mention of the Jury’ in the category of Education, Training and Awareness-Raising as part of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage in July.

— Upcoming Events: Guided ‘Walk With a Difference’ for wheelchair users (Wednesday 26th August) and Sensory Walk for the visually impaired (Saturday 29th August) — and look out for the annual Winterage Festival including Winterage School on Sustainable Farming, taking place from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th of October!

— Prince Charles’s visit to the Burren: On 20th May, noted conservationist HRH Prince Charles fulfilled a life-long desire to visit the Burren, in order to gain a better understanding of the Burren’s history, farming, traditions, its huge trove of documented and undocumented archaeology. During his visit, Dr. Dunford introduced the Prince to some of the extraordinary botanical, geological and archaeological features of the Burren.

See photos of Prince Charles’s tour below and visit the BurrenLife’s press kit for more coverage!

 

ASN & FELLOW 'MEETING OF MINDS' IN AMSTERDAM - SEPTEMBER 18TH

Ashoka Northern Europe is hosting a ‘Meeting of Minds’ event in Amsterdam on September 18th. A programme of inspiring talks and networking sessions will allow ASN Members & Fellows from across Europe to meet and build new relationships. The day will end with this group attending the Homeless World Cup finals, which is taking place on the historic Museumplein in Amsterdam.

Ashoka (UK) Fellow Mel Young co-founded the Homeless World Cup Foundation as a network of national charities who run year-round street soccer leagues for players experiencing homelessness and poverty. Today, the organisation touches the lives of over 100,000 homeless each year in 74 participating countries, and counts Irish actor Colin Farrell among its celebrity ambassadors.

Find out more about the tournament on the HWC website.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS, SUMMER 2015

CEO Of The World’s First MOOC Provides Hope To Former Prisoners Through Education — An interview with Ashoka Fellow Mike Feerick in Forbes (July)

Change leaders: Dr Steve Collins, Valid International and Valid Nutrition — An interview with Ashoka Fellow Dr. Steve Collins in Business&Leadership (July)

Irish Loreto nun champions ‘inclusive schools’ in India — A profile on Sister Cyril Mooney in the Irish Times (July)

Behind The News: Sarah Bredin, Mental Health Advocate — An interview with MyMind client Sarah Bredin in the Irish Times (June)

How Ireland is Becoming a Leader in Social Entrepreneurship — A survey of the social entrepreneurship landscape in Ireland by online blog The Cultureist (June)

Selfie World Record Broken at TEDx event in Dublin — A spotlight on Ashoka Fellow Mairead Healy & FutureVoices TEDxYouthAtTheSpire Event (June)

‘How A Career In Tech Prepared One Social Entrepreneur To Shake Up The Mental Health Sector’ — A profile on Ashoka Fellow Krystian Fikert & MyMind (May)

Fields of magic on trip to the Burren — An article on HRH Prince Charles’s Burren trip in the Irish Times (May)

‘In pictures: Prince Charles and Camilla visit Ireland’ — A spotlight on HRH Prince Charles’s visit to the Burren, with a tour led by Ashoka Fellow Dr. Brendan Dunford (May)

 

WHAT'S AHEAD IN 2015

— ANNOUNCING OUR 14TH IRISH ASHOKA FELLOW

— PRESENTING OUR NEWEST MEDIA PARTNERSHIP

— WELCOMING 4 NEW ASHOKA CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS IN IRELAND

— INTRODUCING OUR ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT

Look out for these exciting updates in the next AIQ, planned for October!

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WE'RE MOVING!

After nine wonderful years in the historic brown-brick building at 18 Eustace Street in Temple Bar, we are moving to a new home. We are delighted to announce that we will be joining the co-working hub inside Tribal Ventures on South William Street (just a few streets south of where we are now!)

We are grateful to the team at Tribal, including founder Conor Stanley who has been an ASN Member and supporter of Ashoka for several years, for making this possible.

Feel free to stop by and say hello after our move on 1st September!

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the summer 2015 issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for October.

Find out more about our work on our website, and find us on Facebook & Twitter!

Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Spring 2015

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'CHANGE FOR GOOD' NATION-WIDE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN MARCH

On March 9th, Ashoka Ireland launched a nation-wide campaign, ‘CHANGE FOR GOOD,’ to promote the organisations of Ashoka Fellows and the impact of their work in Ireland. The campaign ads appeared on digital and print advertising spaces across the island, including on transport routes, billboards and in shopping centres.

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From March until April, the campaign highlighted Ashoka Ireland Fellows working in EDUCATION and COMMUNITY. Beginning May 18th until June, the campaign will run with a new set of posters highlighting Fellows working in HEALTH and BUSINESS.

FIND OUT MORE ON THE WEBSITE: WWW.CHANGEFORGOOD.IE

We are very grateful to our advertising partners at EXTERION Media for providing the ad space, and to our design team, led by Bob Gray of Red&Grey Design with Henrietta McKervey and Barbara Hoffman, for creating the copy and illustrations for the campaign.

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'ONE MAN, A DOG & A CHANGEMAKER' CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN APRIL

Venture capitalist Steven Wilkinson has chosen his next adventure: a walk in support of changemakers in Ireland. His challenge is to: 1. Walk 550km from Co. Kerry to Dublin City 2. Raise €50,000 in the process to support Ashoka’s work in Ireland.

A LONG-TIME SUPPORTER OF ASHOKA, STEVEN HAS PLEDGED TO MATCH EVERY €1 THAT IS DONATED – SO EVERY €1 DONATED WILL BE DOUBLED!

Stephen has already covered 200 kilometers of beautiful landscape in Co. Kerry and Co. Cork, and has met wonderful changemakers on his journey! He is chronicling his progress in daily posts on his blog, Peregrinations. Help Steven reach his €50,000 goal!

Find out more and donate here!

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RE-IMAGINING LEARNING SUMMIT CONVENED 35 EUROPEAN EDUCATORS

This March, Ashoka’s Re-Imagining Learning Summit in Ekskaret, Sweden convened 35 key educators, social entrepreneurs & influencers from 10 European countries, all of whom are committed to working together to re-imagine the future of education in the 21st century.

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Irish Changemaker Principals Rory D’Arcy (St. Oliver’s NS), Maeve Corish (Donabate-Portrane ETNS), Gary Farrell (Our Lady’s & St. Mochua’s PS), Fiona Collins (Francis St. CBS) and Karen O’Sullivan (St. Columba’s GNS), and Ashoka Changemaker Schools Advisory Board Member Bride Rosney (Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice) joined European colleagues for an intensive 3-day workshop summit in Sweden.

“We need to have the courage, the belief in what we are saying, to carry this message beyond the boundaries of our own schools… Because this message is an important message.”

Watch the video below to meet Changemaker Principals from across Europe!

 

FIRST BOEHRINGER-INGELHEIM HEALTH CLUSTER LUNCHEON HELD IN APRIL

Celebrating the partnership between Boehringer-Ingelheim & Ashoka Fellow organisations working in health, the first Health Cluster Luncheon was held at the Ashoka Ireland office in Temple Bar. Journalists from the Irish Times, Slainte, Senior Times and the Irish Medical Times also attended.

Fellows Krystian Fikert (MyMind) and Mary Nally (Third Age) presented progress reports on their organisations. Thomas McCabe, who is the National Manager for Ashoka Fellow organisation Siel Bleu, gave an update on their recent study findings. Rebecca Kilbane spoke on behalf of Project ECHO.

Many thanks to all of the journalists who attended! Visit the websites of Siel Bleu, Third Age, MyMind & ProjectECHO for more information about their programmes.

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#CHANGEMAKERSCHOOLS GATHERING HOSTED BY FRANCIS ST. CBS

On April 21, students and principals from Ireland’s Ashoka ‪#‎ChangemakerSchools‬ gathered at Francis Street C.B.S. in Dublin 8. Focused on providing young student leaders with a voice, the gathering invited representatives from the student councils of all five Changemaker Schools to present their work.

“Education is too important to be left to adults” — Student, St. Oliver’s NS (Co. Kerry)

Mentors and educators Daire Keogh (St. Patrick‘s College), Emily Logan (High Commissioner for Human Rights) and Sinead Burke (Minnie Mélange) joined students to exchange ideas about the future of education in Ireland.

As we near the end of our search, we are delighted to announce that we will be introducing the next group of Changemaker Schools in the Summer Edition of our Ashoka Ireland Quarterly.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS, SPRING 2015

Offering affordable psychological help – in 10 different languages’ — A spotlight on Fellow Krystian Fikert & MyMind in the Irish Times (April)

Jan O’Sullivan must ensure schools admission policy allows equality of access’ — Emily Logan cites #ChangemakerSchool Francis St. CBS as a vital player in Irish education in the Irish Times (April)

Why this man is building a million euro centre for homegrown food in Waterford’ — The Journal interviews Fellow Mick Kelly about his plans for Grow HQ (April)

Teaching with empathy is a breath of fresh air’ — Francis St CBS #Changemaker Principal Fiona Collins on teaching with empathy in the Sunday Times (March)

The farmer and the ecologist should be friends’ — A profile on Fellow Brendan Dunford in the Irish Times (March)

Ireland‘s recovery spreads beyond Dublin’ — A spotlight on Fellow Mike Feerick & ALISON in the Financial Times (March)

Campaign aims to encourage children to “sow and grow”’ — Fellow Mick Kelly & Grow It Yourself (GIY) launch their ‘Sow & Grow’ campaign (March)

Social entrepreneurs: Wise solutions help older people in local communities’ — A spotlight on Fellow Mary Nally & Third Age Ireland in the Irish Times (March)

Change leaders: Mairead Healy and Future Voices’ — Our latest interview Fellow Mairead Healy of Future Voices in Business&Leadership (February)

With thanks to our friends at the Irish Times, Business & Leadership, the Sunday Times & the Financial Times for their contributions!

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FEATURED FELLOW: JAMES WHELTON, CODERDOJO

Ashoka Fellow James Whelton is the Founder of CoderDojo, a global network of volunteer-led, community-based computer programming clubs for young people. To date, there are over 650 Dojos in 57 countries, reaching over 30,000 children regularly!

Dojos teach a variety of programming skills and computer languages including Scratch, HTML, JavaScript, and others. Young people learn to make their own websites, games, and apps, earning badges and belts for progress. The movement is spread and supported by the CoderDojo Foundation, which helps set up Dojos around the world.

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2015 HAS ALREADY BEEN A BUSY YEAR FOR CODERDOJO & THE CODERDOJO FOUNDATION!

 

— The Coolest Projects Awards has been setup for CoderDojo Youth members as a platform to celebrate, encourage and reward their creativity. This year, the awards will take place in the RDS, Dublin on the 13th of June and we have an amazing day of projects, fun and excitement lined up for the whole community. Now in their fourth year, the awards are being expanded to meet the demand of CoderDojo members looking to participate in the awards by showcasing their amazing projects.

Interested in taking part in Coolest Projects, or know someone who might be? Register here.

— In April, CoderDojo announced that Microsoft have pledged their support to the CoderDojo Foundation as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Microsoft YouthSpark, is a global, company-wide initiative, which aims to improve education, employability and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people worldwide. So far, YouthSpark has created opportunities for 227 million young people, including 40.8 million across Europe. This has been achieved through the provision of a range of complementary education, job-readiness and entrepreneurship programs in partnership with both education institutions and youth-focused non-profit organisations like CoderDojo. Responding to the announcement, Mary Moloney, Global CEO of the CoderDojo Foundation, said:

“The support that Microsoft is providing to CoderDojo across Europe will enable the community to grow and to reach more kids and young people, enabling them to develop technology, innovation & entrepreneurial skills.We are excited about this new partnership and look to forward the year ahead.”

Are you keen to join the movement? Want to set up your own Dojo? Visit their website for more information.

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the spring issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for summer.

Find out more about our work on our website, and find us on Facebook & Twitter!