How can we create an open and active society? What's the role of technology? How can people make places?
This session will answer these questions and more with a range of perspectives from around the world including Derry, Cape Town, Nairobi, and Glasgow.
Holywell Trust and their new NW Civic Activism Project, funded by Building Change Trust, focuses on four key issues crucial to the future of the city of Derry/Londonderry - innovation and investment; a shared and thriving city centre; youth aspirations and employment; and breaking the cycle of debt and poverty. The Project uses a number of engagement tools including citizen reporting through the Fingerpost website (a community magazine), study groups, pop-up democracy and a citizen jury.
Ushahidi, which translates to “testimony” in Swahili, is a technology leader in Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, that partners with organisations across the world to increase access to information, empower citizens and protect marginalised communities. Their crowdsourcing tool was developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election violence in 2008.
Snook is an award winning service design agency based in Scotland and London, that’s on a mission to create great public services and supporting the organisations that deliver these services.
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. The Festival 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 see and sign up to all of the Festival events- please go to our website.