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Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Autumn 2016

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ASHOKA IN BUSINESS IRELAND MAGAZINE

Ashoka Ireland was featured in the Autumn 2016 edition of Business Ireland Magazine. Editor Barry McCall interviewed Advisory Board Member Patrick Coveney, and ASN Member Brian Caulfield.

 

"I think it can make a huge difference to society. Ashoka combines the passion, energy, and enthusiasm of the social entrepreneurs with better business practice and provides resources to help them to succeed.” - Patrick Coveney

See the full issue online, or pick up a hard copy from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

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IRISH CEO ROSALEEN BLAIR ON WHY EMPATHY MATTERS

We are intrigued by what makes a successful entrepreneur…what qualities and skill sets must you have in order to build a successful organization and positively impact those working with you? As we pose this question to the entrepreneurs in our network, we see an interesting commonality: many of the most successful business leaders have had non-traditional learning experiences.

Ross Hall, Ashoka's Director of Education in Europe, sat down with Rosaleen Blair, Founder and CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions, one of the world’s leading talent acquisition and management firms, to talk about her learning style – and how we can better prepare the next generation of business leaders and changemakers.

"I was what some might consider to be unemployable," said the Irish CEO, who started her first venture, a childcare company, in Dublin, shortly after finishing school. "I realized very early on that I had to be self-sufficient, and that’s why I’ve always started my own businesses. I’ve always known that I had to control my own destiny."

 

"I’ve always known that I had to control my own destiny."

Read the full interview on the Ashoka channel on Forbes.

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ASHOKA IRELAND HOSTS EUROPEAN CHANGEMAKER EDUCATION SUMMIT

From 19th to 22nd of October, we welcomed over 150 changemakers and leaders in education to Killarney, Co. Kerry, for the 2016 Changemaker Education Summit. It was a unique opportunity for European members of the Ashoka Changemaker Schools network to come together with education innovators, to share ideas and best practices to improve education in today's world, for all children.

Attendees toured St. Oliver's National School (a member of the Irish Changemaker Schools network) and observed a Roots of Empathy class, based on the ground-breaking method for empathy education developed by Ashoka Fellow Mary Gordon.

View highlights from the summit in the photos below and on our Facebook page!

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We would like to extend a warm thank you to Rory D'Arcy, principal of St. Oliver's NS in Killarney, and the staff at Muckross House, for welcoming our guests.

Read Carl O'Brien's article on the Changemaker Schools programme in The Irish Times.

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CALLING ALL YOUNG CODERS!

Ashoka Fellow organisation CoderDojo have launched Future Makers Awards to celebrate digital solutions that answer society’s most pressing challenges – and there is still time to enter!

From October 18th-December 1st, youths aged 10 – 17 years old are invited to make the future by using their coding superpowers to create projects that bring about a positive social change in their communities.

You can view their fantastic brainstorming guide here.

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FEATURED FELLOW: MICK KELLY & GROW IT YOURSELF

Ashoka Ireland Fellow Michael Kelly is the Founder of Grow It Yourself, a global network of people who grow their own food as a lever to greater wellbeing. GIY’s big idea is that the simple practice of growing and nurturing food can help people develop ‘food empathy,’ leading to healthier habits and lifestyles. Michael believes that many health, diet and environmental problems in the world can be traced back to a pattern of ‘food apathy,’ which GIY’s community-based activity aims to counteract.

2016 has been a big year for the movement: After over five years of fundraising, planning and building, Mick & the GIY team finally opened GROW HQ, a home-grown food training centre, cookery school, café, shop and training gardens on a high profile site in Waterford City, in October. It is the home of the GIY movement internationally, and the hub from which we will run food awareness, education and outreach programmes.

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"After years of planning, fundraising, working and dreaming, GROW HQ has been completed and opened. The Food Education Centre is running courses, feeding hundreds of people a day and welcoming companies for events. There are plenty of new challenges ahead and we’ll expand and grow over the years, but 2016 will always be the year we came home.

It can be easy to forget these days that GIY isn’t all about GROW HQ! Believe it or not, GIY activities have carried on and actually increased in their scale this year. 2016 is the year that two of our largest campaigns, 'Give Peas a Chance' (in partnership with Cully&Sully) and 'Sow and Grow' (in partnership with Innocent) expanded into the UK. One of the most awe-inspiring moments of the year was when we realised that 4,500 schools were growing food in their classrooms, thanks to these campaigns.

2016 is also the year GIY grew from a small team of only four full-time staff and one full time grower, to a large team of 30 staff between GIY and GROW HQ. Seeing so many opportunities created by a nonprofit social enterprise makes us all so proud. Proud not only of this organisation and our work, but also of the changing culture of health, sustainability and food empathy that drives the increasing demand for what we do. We are a movement of our own, but we’re also part of a larger one. The movement towards quality over quantity, putting the health of people, populations and the planet before the width of a profit margin. There is a paradigm shift occurring, driven only by passion to change the world for the better, and 2016 is the year the shift began to achieve critical mass for us."

This post was written by Mick Kelly & Claire Cullen. Find out more on GIY's website.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS (SINCE AUG)

These rats are big heroes in health innovation --- A spotlight on international Ashoka Fellow Bart Weetjens and other innovators in health (Silicon Republic, Aug)

Major Irish role in €2.2m farm biodiversity drive --- Great news for Ashoka Fellow Brendan Dunford and Burren Beo (Irish Times, Aug)

How peer mediation empowers children to build self-esteem --- A guest blog by Changemaker principal Maeve Corish on the Ashoka Ireland blog (Aug)

On the future of business and why skills like empathy matter --- A spotlight on CEO Rosaleen Blair and her business philosophy in Forbes (Sept)

Meditation practice brings tranquility and confidence to the school day --- A guest blog by Changemaker principal Breda Murray on the Ashoka Ireland blog (Sept)

Meet the changemaker schools --- A special investigative feature on Changemaker Schools, by Education Correspondent Carl O'Brien, in The Irish Times (Oct)

Grow HQ to be hub for a food ‘revolution’ --- The big moment for Ashoka Fellow Mick Kelly and GIY, chronicled on the Transition Monaghan blog (Oct)

Ashoka: Transforming society --- Our special feature in Business Ireland Magazine (Nov)

Munster service to fly doctors to incidents to be launched --- Spotlight on Fellow John Kearney and Irish Community Rapid Response in The Irish Times

 

COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the autumn 2016 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 winter edition, planned for Jan/Feb.

Find out more about our work on our website, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

Find out more about our work on our website, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

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

Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Autumn 2014

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CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS PROGRAMME OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

On October 17th, Ashoka Ireland welcomed educators, social entrepreneurs, students and leaders from across sectors to celebrate the five inspiring primary schools that make up Ireland’s inaugural group of Changemaker Schools:

— Donabate-Portrane Educate Together NS, Donabate, Co. Dublin
— Francis Street CBS, The Liberties, Dublin 8
— Our Lady’s & St. Mochua’s PS, Derrynoose, Co. Armagh
— St. Columba’s GNS, Douglas, Co. Cork
— St. Oliver’s NS, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Held on the 11th floor of the Google Docks building in Dublin, the launch event brought this new network together for the first time, before kicking off a programme of speakers and discussion on the future of Irish education.

 
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The event featured keynote speeches by Founder of AsIAm Adam Harris and renowned author Roddy Doyle, followed by a panel discussion on ‘Re-Imagining Learning’. Facilitated by President of Dublin City University Brian MacCraith, the panel included Galway East TD Ciarán Cannon, President of St. Patrick’s College of Education Daire Keogh, former Special Advisor to Mary Robinson Bride Rosney, Future Voices student Nickole Borja and Co-Founder of Fighting Words Seán Love as speakers. Each of the five Changemaker Schools was awarded a plaque of recognition.

Read about some of the Changemaker Schools in this Irish Times article.

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WATCH: IRELAND'S CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS VIDEO

Hear students, principals & teachers in Ireland’s Changemaker Schools speak about the creative ways that they nurture the skills of empathy, creativity, leadership and teamworkin their schools & communities.

Feel free to share the video link via email & social media!

 

PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Dublin City University (DCU) conferred an Honourary Doctorate degree on Ashoka Global Academy Member, Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Founder of Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus at a special ceremony on Saturday, October 18th. As DCU is an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, the event brought together several key members of the Ashokanetwork in Ireland.

President of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith and members of the Ashoka Ireland team planted a tree with Professor Yunus on campus, followed by a breakfast with students and principals from Ashoka Ireland’s Changemaker Schools, and an academic procession to mark the ceremony. Accepting the award, Professor Yunus spoke about the power of community in eradicating global poverty.

“I believe we can create a world without poverty… We can achieve a world where we have poverty museums, because being poor will be a thing of the past for everyone.”

- Muhammad Yunus

Watch Professor Yunus speak at the One Young World Summit in Dublin on October 18th.

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FEATURED FELLOW: MICHAEL KELLY, GROW IT YOURSELF

Ashoka Ireland Fellow Michael Kelly is the Founder of Grow It Yourself, a global network of people who grow their own food as a lever to greater wellbeing. GIY’s big idea is that the simple practice of growing and nurturing food can help people develop ‘food empathy,’ leading to healthier habits and lifestyles. Michael believes that many health, diet and environmental problems in the world can be traced back to a pattern of ‘food apathy,’ which GIY’s community-based activity aims to counteract. 

Recognising that people are more successful in their growing when they come together in groups to support each other and share tips, expertise and encouragement, GIY has now grown to over 800 GIY groups and projects in Ireland, Australia, UK and Africa with approximately 50,000 people involved in the movement each year. Michael recently described the simple and effective approach of GIY in Business & Leadership:

“Growing food seems to transform people’s lives pretty much regardless of how much they do it. It doesn’t have to be 16 acres in the countryside. The herbs and salad leaves on a balcony can lead to food empathy as well. That’s why GIY is so important.”
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The past six months have been very busy and exciting for the team at GIY. Here are just a few of their highlights!

Sow & Grow 2015: GIY’s school programme Sow & Grow in association with Innocent will be back in 2015 for the 4th year running and plans are underway to make next year’s campaign even bigger and better. The collaboration is well on track to hit the target of 100,000 primary school children growing their own food for the first time. Keep a close eye on the GIY website in the coming months for more information!

Diageo starts to GIY@Work: A team of ‘GIYers’ at Diageo’s St James’s Gate join other ‘GIY@Work’ companies such as Aramark, Eirgrid and the National Rehabilitation Hospital in starting a new direction for healthier living. At Diageo, over 100 employees volunteered to plant the ‘St. James’s Gate GIY Garden’. The GIY@Work programme provides companies with a garden and mentoring programme.  For more details please contact Ronan Douglas (ronan@giyireland.com)!

GROW COOK EAT: October saw the launch of GIY’s new book ‘GROW COOK EAT’, written by Michael Kelly, and featuring recipes from over 35 of GIY’s favourite chefs and growers, including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Darina Allen, Rachel Allen & Clodagh McKenna. A ground-breaking book for anyone seeking to develop a deeper understanding of food, it is a comprehensive guide to help readers bring abundant, delicious food from plot to plate. The book is available in many bookstores nation-wide and through GIY’s online shop.

GROW HQ Fundit Campaign: The team is delighted to report that they hit the target on their FundIt campaign for GROW HQ in September! The final total was €21,564 - a phenomenal result and one of the larger crowdfunding campaigns in Ireland this year. GROW HQ is a planned €1.5m food education centre with a grow school, cookery school, homegrown food café and shop on a 3 acre site donated by Waterford City Council. GROW HQ will open in 2015.

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NEWS FROM OUR FELLOWS

— Fellow Mike Feerick’s organisation ALISON began offering a free course on Ebola prevention in September. The course, which can be accessed on a mobile phone, is aimed at people living in regions affected by the virus and there are assessments on how the virus can be transmitted and treated. Titled ‘Understanding the Ebola Virus and How You Can Avoid It’ it has been taken by over 10,000 people to date. The course’s success was widely covered in the media, including by the BBCthe Guardian and the Irish Times

ALISON are hiring! Find out more & apply through their website.

— Fellow Caroline Casey was featured as a guest speaker at One Young World, which was held in Dublin earlier this month. Caroline spoke in front of an audience of thousands about why the 1 billion disabled people represent the largest marginalised group in the world, and challenged young leaders to change the statistics. She was joined on stage by adventurer & author Mark Pollock, founder of AsIAm Adam Harris, former athlete & musician Niall Breslin, blogger Sinead Burke and speaker Joanne O’Riordan.

Watch their inspiring talk ‘Disability: Move to Include’ on Youtube.

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— Fellow Madeleine Clarke’s organisation Genio recently launched The Information Hub, a dedicated resource website bringing together publications, multimedia and events on the topics of disability, mental health and dementia. Genio also co-sponsored a new radio documentary, ‘WRAP Radio - Ireland’s Journey,’ produced by Victoria Enright on Newstalk. WRAP is the Wellness Recovery Action Programme and the documentary takes an inside look at how WRAP translates into Irish people’s everyday lives.

Visit Genio’s Information Hub to find out more about their research.

— Fellow Krystian Fikert spoke with Business & Leadership on World Mental Health Day (October 10th) about how his organisation MyMind’s partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim has helped them scale and improve their platform. Describing their partnership, Krystian explained why going ‘beyond CSR’ helps MyMind achieve their goals: “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.” MyMind also unveiled a new website earlier this year, making it even easier for clients to book appointments online.

Read Krystian’s interview on the B&L website.

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COMPETITION LIVE: MAKERS OF MORE

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the autumn 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 winter. 

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