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Growing, Civically

On Social Change in Ireland, “We’ll get there…”

February 4, 2018 0 Comments

In 2012, I closed a TEDxBelfastWomen talk with “We’ll get there”. In 2018, I find we may actually be ‘there’. It referenced my call to throw off the adaptive behaviours common to many on this island – our silence, passivity, self deprecation and shaming ways, in order to take our place on a global stage. […]

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Nothing changes until we do!

January 30, 2018 0 Comments

In a recent LinkedIn article, Ready for a Change? – I made the case for choosing change. On one level it’s selfish – I work with people and small businesses when they’re ready for a change. On another level it’s in service to those clients, neighbours and friends who require change in their wider worlds. […]

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On Echoing Irish Voices Congruent with Irish Values…

November 29, 2017 0 Comments

My hope/wish/prayer for 2018 is that Ireland will be a safe place for a #Whistleblower and an increasingly unsafe place for politicians who take cover with “it’s what’s legal” vs. “it’s what is ethical, proactive and kind”. A government that is far more congruent with Irish values. To create that Ireland, we need to find […]

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On NI, flags & the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of leadership…

May 27, 2017 0 Comments

Thank you to Alan Carson for suggestion my attendance and to Stephen Gough for organising “The State of the Union; Beyond 2021” event in East Belfast this week. The impression I left with was that we are all aching for great leadership. This is the first of two posts I will offer on my insights from […]

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Mother’s Day, Martin & Me

March 26, 2017 0 Comments

“If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and listen carefully. Stories about food show a strong connection. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business. The more a daughter knows the details of her mother’s life – without flinching or whining – the stronger the daughter.” Anita Diamont Mothering, all parenting […]

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Do something! Complacency is failing us…

August 28, 2016 0 Comments

As the brilliant documentary “Older than the Ireland” so vividly illustrated, 100 years is not a long time. It does, however, highlight how action taken today can significantly impact the Ireland of 2116. I for one think we need to seriously adjust the trajectory. Heartened and inspired by the leadership evidenced in the stories shared at […]

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On Education, testing not required…

August 15, 2016 0 Comments

…or even relevant. The links provided will offer a view into what system changes are succeeding elsewhere. The video below says it all. Let’s get out of their way, stop lecturing and test less. Let’s motivate and challenge our young people to show us what they can do! In Ireland, both in the Republic and […]

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On…Continuing Education

August 4, 2016 0 Comments

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”  So goes the very powerful fundraising campaign launched by United Negro College Fund in 1972. It’s one of the most enduring tag-lines Madison Avenue has brought the world. It endures because the sentiment is universal. Dust off the cobwebs, turn off the talking heads and find out what real […]

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Forgiving and Moving on…

August 12, 2015 0 Comments

Not. Not now. For some, perhaps not ever. How much energy, creativity or progress is lost to us personally, professionally or civically, because we don’t choose to address  this? Post conflict is complicated, human nature is not. This wisdom is over 2500 years old. Clearly, our limitations haven’t eased in nearly 3 millennia.   Ironic that I was […]

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Culture Change and a “Prosperity Process”

August 11, 2015 0 Comments

Culture shock comes close to describing my experience as a second generation Irish-American in Ireland. I was frequently told that I needed to learn how to “act Irish”. Apparently this calls for a combination of politeness, passivity, not being direct, self-deprecation, an avoidance of self-promotion, and a tendency toward begrudgery. Any attempt to fall back on […]

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