Night of Community Ashford Castle

Ashford Caste. Friday November 22rd 2019. 8-10pm.

Kicking off #cong19 five speakers will engage us on a journey of their personal stories and experiences in a lifetime of community.  Consisting of 20 minute presentations this evening of ideas will take place in the private cinema of Ashford Castle and kick off at 7.30pm.

Kevin McDermott
Belonging

Kevin Mc Dermott is a writer from Crumlin in Dublin City. From 2016-2018, he was writer-in-residence with the City of Dublin ETB and is involved in many school-based, writing initiatives. He is the author of five novels for young adults. Kevin has written plays, feature-length documentaries, essays, poetry and short stories for radio. He has a background in teacher-training and is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education at UCD. Kevin is one of the writers on Poetry Ireland’s Writers-in-Schools scheme. He is passionate about the importance of the arts in education and believes in the creative potential of every child.

Kevin McDermott
Belonging
Nadine McCarthy
Weaving the thread of Community – From I to We (…whilst still including me)

This talk will be a sharing of Nadine’s own learning journey, weaving threads of insight from a six-year period of her work and life. The thread follows her quest to build a sustainable community for transformational leaders and presence-based change-makers in Ireland. Using an awareness-based systems change methodology from MIT Boston, called Theory U, as the backbone for this, her path has been paved with many exciting but also challenging twists and turns. Some of the journey will be shared through the lens of insights, obstacles, milestones and learnings. Starting with the birth of an overwhelming dream through a story to current day, the intention in sharing is to help the audience connect with their own deeper longing for community – be that family, club, team, organisation, sector or country. In addition, Nadine hopes this will help support the building of other communities of practice and living systems capable of whole-island influence.
Working in business and across sport for the last 13 years through her performance consultancy, Be The Best You Can Be, Nadine is passionate about Performance Coaching, Systems Change and Leadership Development. Personally, Nadine is a purpose-filled Mum of two boys, a yoga and meditation fan and has a long-standing grá or love affair with Ireland.

Nadine McCarthy
Weaving the thread of Community – From I to We (…whilst still including me)
Pat Dolan
The Quiet Man - Empathy and Community

While the movie ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O Hara is seen by some as sentimental and silly, or stage Irish by others of an affectionate look back to Ireland of the 1950s it remains iconic in that it remains noticed more than most films of its era. This paper explores the movie from a different and fun perspective. Believe it or believe it not John Forde in directing the movie knowingly or unknowingly epitomised the theories of social empathy social capital and enhanced principles of community development in the execution of the plot of the love story between Mary Kate Danagher and Sean Thornton. Using clips from the movie to illustrate in a fun way how this happened coupled with anecdotal stories on the making of the movie in the environs of Cong gathered over time by the author and relying on the work of Stoneman and others who have written on the movie, the author will hopefully entertain and enthral on the evening … all with a slightly tongue in cheek approach!

Prof. Dolan is joint founder and Director of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and an Academic Director of the M.A. in Family Support Studies. He also contributes to the wider undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes of the School of Political Science and Sociology as well as supervising Ph.D. candidates and Masters Dissertations in Family Support, Social Work and Community Development.

Pat Dolan
The Quiet Man - Empathy and Community
Alastair Herbert
Why Listening Beats Talking

Alastair Herbert is the founder of market research consultants Linguabrand. Alastair talks too much. That's why he became obsessed with listening. He believes a lack of listening holds back community creation and cohesion, especially where business is involved. Because people are generally poor listeners, Linguabrand created their own word geek robot - Bob.
Bob surfaces the deeper psychological content locked inside all conversations. Put simply, it's not what people say that matters - it's how they say it. Linguabrand's humans work with these deeper insights to connect communications to peoples' emotional needs. This principle of language style matching should work in creating communities - but perhaps not...

Alastair Herbert
Why Listening Beats Talking
Tracy Keogh
Building a Community from Scratch

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Tracy Keogh
Building a Community from Scratch
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