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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Pivotal or Peripheral?

July 22, 2015 0 Comments

Peripheral to two capitals that benefit from significant foreign direct investment, policies favouring support of 21st century technologies plus agencies committed to expanding markets, the NI/ROI border region is uniquely placed to focus on just three of these six key pillars. Human Capital, Supports and Culture Our task is to develop these to ensure we can fully participate. […]

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BizCamp is Back!

July 22, 2015 0 Comments

On behalf of Neo Ireland, I’m delighted to be coordinating #BizCampAND in Bangor on Friday, 11 September 2015! Initiated by Paula Ault at the Signal Centre of Business Excellence and supported by the Ards & North Down Council we’ll be gathering at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel Conference Centre all day. You can register to attend or pitch a talk here. Speakers will be determined […]

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Neo Ireland, What We Do

June 11, 2015 0 Comments

“Sowing the seeds of prosperity” is about preparing people to fully participate in the “new” economy. There may be few jobs in the traditional sense, but there is plenty of work. Up-skilling and re-skilling may be required, confidence building and support for that process cannot be underestimated. There are upwards of 20,000 tech jobs currently unfilled on […]

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Why Write? “…it is human nature to write”

April 5, 2015 0 Comments

So says Julia Cameron in her introduction to The Right to Write. We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes us directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and mediation, connecting us both […]

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Why Write? “…it is better to speak”

April 5, 2015 0 Comments

Per Audre Lorde It is summed up beautifully by the fact that in an African naming ceremony she took the name Gamba Adisa, which means “Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known“.  What I leave behind has a life of its own…I’ve said this about poetry; I’ve said it about children. Well, in a sense I’m saying […]

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#Tangible15 – Limerick

March 30, 2015 0 Comments

We had a great day in Limerick for “A Winning Culture“. The setting was the beautifully restored Bishops’s Palace and David Deighan, CEO of Limerick Civic Trust led with an overview of what they’ve accomplished and where they’re going! Limerick is coming off it’s year as Ireland’s first “City of Culture” and some wonder “What’s […]

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Ireland 2.0 – America, try ‘Ctrl, Alt, Delete’

March 17, 2015 1 Comment

Many of you post these images regularly – from the safety of your American homes. Please rethink them. I used to live there – now Ireland is my home. It has been since November 2008. It is not always safe here on the border. Our world is different than yours. I live and work between […]

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Global Ireland

March 13, 2015 0 Comments

Generations have left the island of Ireland to find opportunities around the world. We hear often of the “Global Irish“, estimated at near 70 million. That is just part of the story. Global Ireland is far bigger than that. America boasts 22 Presidents with “Irish Roots”, but on closer inspection we find 13 of them actually hailed […]

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Career Check-Up

March 6, 2015 0 Comments

What is a “Career Check-Up”? Careers are like relationships – the more you value them, the less you take them for granted. Whether you are in your “dream job” or working at something that covers expenses, pay attention! Ask yourself: Are you putting your best foot forward every day?  If not, what would that look […]

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The Irish Language

January 26, 2015 0 Comments

My relationship with the Irish language has evolved over the half dozen years I have been here. It’s doubtful I’ll learn to speak it, I’ve little facility with language, but what I’ve learned about it has certainly informed my understanding of the people of this island. Three people opened the door to that understanding. Carol […]

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