Local communities in Northern Ireland are places of immense ingenuity and resourcefulness, and home to intricate support networks that have often developed below the radar. They are places of hope and inspiration, as well as stark inequalities and sometimes-fragile peace. Each brings a myriad of differing experiences and voices to the landscape, yet at the same time share many common values, aspirations for their children, and dreams for the future.
How do we recognise, build on, and connect the assets within a community to create new economic and social realities, alternative stories to the stereotypes, and empower us all to play a part in community-led systemic change.
This session will explore the work of four initiatives’ in Derry~Londonderry striving to do just this.
DiverseCity Community Partnership, the Derry Playhouse, the MPowered project of St. Columb’s Park House and the work of Creggan Enterprises. Each have utilised an asset-based approach to tackle social issues within their community, enabling community ownership and a shared future.
Come prepared to hear stories of the reality and challenges faced, and to engage in discussion and share your story.
About the Unusual Suspects Festival: After the success of two festivals in London and in Glasgow, we are hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Northern Ireland on October 12- 14, 2016. 3 days, 2 cities, 15+ events, 40+ organisations all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges. TheFestival brings together the 'unusual suspects' from across Northern Ireland and the world, people who wouldn't normally cross paths, to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change. To find out more and to sign up to more events.