Stories can help connect people and communities and transform narratives locally and globally. They can help us to understand the challenges we face, the assets we have, and often drive our passion to innovate and implement change. Stories often catalyse us to develop new narratives and understandings of what is possible in the future. And they are excellent ways to communicate and widen our social impact.
This lunchtime storytelling session will hear from four local community projects/entrepreneurs from across Northern Ireland, some of whom have recently won the Nesta/Guardian New Radicals 2016 Award . The session will be hosted by Janene Ware from Amplify NI/ The Young Foundation with contributions from Clare CIC, Kinship Care NI, Gortilea Social Farm CIC (tbc) and Madlug (tbc).
About the organisers:
Amplify NI is a major five year Big Lottery funded initiative of The Young Foundation supporting people and communities in Northern Ireland to take action together, to create fairer communities where everyone can thrive. The core aspects of the local teams places-based approach across the region in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry & Enniskillen are ethnographic research, social innovation support and movement building.
CLARE CIC works closely with Belfast Health & Social Care Trust to enable adults and older people to maintain their independence.
Kinship Care NI are an award winning charity that helps and supports kinship carers and their children in Northern Ireland.
Madlug C.I.C is a ‘for purpose’ company that was founded in 2015 by social entrepreneur Dave Linton because no child in care should carry their life in bin bag.
Gortilea Social Farm CIC aims to provide a place where everyone can exercise choice, independence and improved wellbeing, irrespective of ability or disability, by recognising individual needs and providing inspirational and stimulating activities.
Cape Town Partnership is a non-profit organisation that brings people together around common goals for Cape Town’s transformation. We’re connectors, facilitators and translators, working to help people find a common language and a shared set of priorities specific to projects that can make a positive impact in people’s lives.
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