Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Winter 2015

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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!

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 - Autumn 2017

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WELCOME BACK TO THE ASHOKA IRELAND QUARTERLY

2017 has been a busy year for Ashoka Ireland. It is a significant one too, as it marks our 10th anniversary. We have many new projects in the works for the final months of this seminal year, so watch this space.

In the meantime, please enjoy reading about our Summer & Autumn updates below.

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ASHOKA FELLOWS SPEAK AT INSPIREFEST

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 second year in a row, Ashoka Fellows joined the impressive line-up of speakers: global Fellows Matt Flannery and Bart Weetjens highlight the intersection of social innovation and STEM.

Matt talked about his journey to founding the microfinance nonprofit Kiva, and the digital loaning platform Branch, both of which serve entrepreneurs in developing countries. His three main lessons: work in the field first, do what you love, and get started fast. Bart Weetjens, whose Tanzania-based organisation, APOPO, trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines in post-conflict areas, and to sniff out tuberculosis infections in health centres, spoke about the importance of innovative thinking in solving global health challenges. Bart’s talk included video clips showing how the rats are trained by experts, and revealed that more than 900,000 landmines and 82,000 TB infections have been detected by APOPO since 2000.

Read our blog post reflecting on Dublin's most inspiring annual festival.

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CHANGEMAKER SCHOOLS EVENING

On October 3rd, we formally welcomed three new Changemaker Schools – Tarmon National School (Co. Roscommon), Scoil Bhríde Shantalla (Co. Galway) and Dalkey School Project National School (Co. Dublin).

The evening, hosted generously by Ashoka Support Network members Paul and Therese Sullivan in their home, brought together the Irish Changemaker Schools network and education leaders from across the country. It was a wholehearted welcome for the new principals, with many inspirational speeches given from our Changemaker Schools principals, ASN member Paul Sullivan, and Brian MacCraith (President of DCU).

See below some of our photos from the evening, and be sure to keep an eye open for the next Changemaker Schools newsletter in November!

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FIRESIDE WORKSHOPS AND STORY-TELLING AT OUR ANNUAL COMMUNITY RETREAT

Last weekend, from the 6th to the 8th of October, we hosted our 4th Annual Community Retreat – a gathering of our Fellows, Ashoka Support Network members, Advisors, and the Irish team – on the gorgeous grounds of Burrishoole, Co. Mayo.

The few days consisted of peer circles, workshops and problem solving sessions, really putting to work the collective experience of everyone in the room.

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The retreat was made extra special by our walks through the beautiful landscapes, the fabulous food and warming fireside discussions, not to mention the great company.

Our heartfelt thank you to ASN member Denis Tinsley for hosting our Retreat for the fourth time.

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FEATURED FELLOW: CAROLINE CASEY LAUNCHES #VALUABLE CAMPAIGN

On 21st August, Ashoka Fellow Caroline Casey, founder of Binc, launched #Valuable, a campaign to activate the business community to tackle disability exclusion around the world.

According to Binc, there are an estimated one billion people on the planet living with a disability, but their value is routinely ignored by business. That is the equivalent to disregarding a potential market the size of US, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan – combined.

By raising awareness about the issue, #Valuable aims to:

  • Encourage 500 businesses around the world to commit to putting the one billion people living with a disability on their boardroom agenda
  • Identify 10 game-changing business leaders to stand for the one billion and champion the issue of disability in business around the world
  • Bring together 10 inspirational young #valuable ambassadors to call on the businesses they work for and the brands they buy from to put this issue on their board agenda
  • Ignite a global conversation about a world where everyone is valued equally

Caroline spoke to Fiona Koch in an interview on Forbes, titled An Epic Adventure (On Horseback) Shows That Disability Is Everyone's Business: "People affected by disability are customers, suppliers, talent and members of the community. That’s a huge population – it's also a huge market, with an estimated combined income of 8 trillion dollars!" she explained.

"Business is the most powerful force on the planet. If companies start to include people with disabilities more systematically, then the rest of society will follow. So if we can work together with companies that recognize the value of this population, we have an opportunity to change the issue of exclusion."

To find out more, and to see how you can get involved, follow the #Valuable Twitter hashtag, or visit One Young World's #Valuable Influencer page: www.oneyoungworld.com/valuable-influencer-programme

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SOCIAL FINANCE UPDATE: MICK KELLY LAUNCHES THE ‘GROW CIRCLE’ FUNDING ROUND

GROW HQ, founded by Ashoka Fellow Mick Kelly as a national food education centre in Waterford, has been open for nearly 10 months now. They have had an incredibly busy, award-winning and impactful year and have quickly established GROW HQ as a ground-breaking urban centre for home-grown food.

"We’re getting ourselves ready for the opportunities that will arise from our brand new 7-part TV series (called GROW COOK EAT) which is currently being filmed at HQ and will be aired on national TV in the spring. Key to this will be the further development of the site at HQ, completing the landscaping of the site and new infrastructure additions to give us more options for hosting training and events.

To fund this work we’re undertaking a new GROW Circle funding round and we’re looking for companies and people to make a social impact investment of €10,000 in GROW HQ. What’s in it for them?

  • For personal investors - in return for a minimum €10k investment, a 5% financial return each year and your money back in year 5, and the knowledge that you’re helping us to drive social change in your community and society.
  • For companies - in return for a minimum €10k investment over 2 years, we will help your employees to get healthy and happy, showing them how to grow and cook their own food either in the workplace or at GROW HQ.

The GROW Circle supports the ongoing development of GIY, ensuring we can deliver ground-breaking, innovative food empathy programmes that inspire people to grow some of their own food as a path to a healthier life. In return, we support these companies to deliver their key HR, CSR and PR objectives and promote wellbeing for their employees, their workplace and their community. Current members of the GROW Circle include Three Mobile, Aramark, Genzyme, Ballymaloe Cookery School, AIB, Miele, Renault and Supervalu. The fee for a 2 year membership of the GROW Circle is €10,000 (€5,000 per annum).

“We are delighted to support the important work that GIY is doing in reconnecting people with food. At the same time, the wellbeing of our employees is hugely important to us, and we had a brilliant day there this year with 40 of our site managers,” said Jo Coffey, Marketing Manager at Applegreen.

If you are interested in joining the GROW Circle and being part of the next exciting stage of the GROW HQ story, please contact Karen O’Donohoe or Mick Kelly on 051 584 411 or email karen@giy.ie

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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 Moira: mmalone@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 - Spring 2018

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

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

Please see below for our updates since the Autumn AIQ.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: OUR PUBLICATION IN THE SUNDAY TIMES

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

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

Lynn Ruane, Senator

Ruairí McKiernan, Love and Courage

Sinead Burke, academic, blogger and advocate for equal rights

Ellie Kisyombe, founder of Our Table

Fr Peter McVerry, founder of the Peter McVerry Trust

Tanya Ward, CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance

Anna Cosgrave, founder of the Repeal Project

Mick Kelly, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Grow It Yourself

Iseult Ward, co-founder of Food Cloud

Aoibhean O'Brien, co-founder of Food Cloud

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THE CHANGEMAKER STUDY: INSIGHTS INTO THE CHANGEMAKER EXPERIENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Krystian Fikert, MyMind

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHANGE LEADERS GATHER IN LYON

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

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

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SPREAD THE WORD - STAY IN TOUCH

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

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