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

February 4, 2018 1 Comment

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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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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