#cong19 Topics and Speakers

Cong | Mayo

The theme for CongRegation 2019 is Community.  Full submissions will be uploaded over the course of 2019 but see the range or speakers and topics already registered for #cong19 Nov 22-24 in Cong, Co Mayo.

Brendan Hughes
Communities Working Together for A Better Deal

Brendan, originally from Meath, lives in Dublin with three children. He has worked in a number of large Irish organisations such as VHI, FBD, BoyleSports and most recently INM. He has also lived in Gibraltar where he worked with a global affiliate marketing company. In his roles he focuses on creating consumer-focused digital product and marketing propositions.

Brendan Hughes
Communities Working Together for A Better Deal
Clare Dillon
The power of community

Clare is an independent Technical Evangelist helping organisations capitalise on emerging tech and related business trends. She also help organisations spread their ideas.

Clare Dillon
The power of community
Richard Millwood
Powerful Online Learning Community - the Ultraversity Project

The project was a new design for undergraduate, work-focussed, inquiry based learning for those students for whom university did not fit.
It ran from 2003, petering out after 2007 as the university it was hosted in ejected the foreign organism from its nest!

Nevertheless in November 2006, 144 graduates met each other face-to-face for the first time after three years of online learning as a community. A diminishing number continued to graduate over ten further years or so.

I would like to present some video snippets from that first graduation celebration, as students enjoyed their first live conversations with each other, adding a physicality to their already established deep online relationship, and discussing what they valued from the experience. I’d like to provoke participants with the idea that we can create the conditions for learning online and that a community of learners is the way forward, rather than the pre-packaged ‘content is king’ model. I would argue not that it is the solution to future learning, but is a way of addressing the diversity of student needs for education.

Richard Millwood
Powerful Online Learning Community - the Ultraversity Project
Padraig McKeon
Community - nature or nurture

Padraig McKeon has had a lifetime career… to date, in corporate and public communications working with two of Ireland’s largest public relations agencies and more recently as an independent consultant.

He also teaches – communications in DCU – and holds a number of directorships – both commercial and non profit.

A native of Sligo – of which he is very proud – he is insatiably curious and an inveterate sharer of thinking.

Padraig McKeon
Community - nature or nurture
Tracy Keogh
The Fundamentals of Community

Community Manager with BOI, worker at Grow Remote

Tracy Keogh
The Fundamentals of Community
Emer Flannery
It takes a community to raise a child

Studying Psychology for 5 years in Ireland and the UK, working in Care services in a few random countries and getting the deadly travel bug and building a team of fellow travellers in Ireland and abroad, building Cuchie Couture (soon to launch) and now focusing all my energy on building my passion based business at Kaloo Wellness I know that 2019 will be a big year and I can’t wait to enjoy it with all the people I meet along the way.

Emer Flannery
It takes a community to raise a child
Paddy Delaney
Community - A human's sole purpose

Paddy, (last year a father of 2, this year a father of 3!) has recently left a perfectly well-paid and enjoyable job of 13 years working for ‘the person’, in order to follow a passion; to change how financial planning and service is done in Ireland.
Through his new company he has built the tools to serve people who seek help in making properly informed decisions with regards their finances, to avoid mistakes, which in turn will help them live the life that they want.
He works with a small number of clients, and develops life-long, multi-generational relationships based on mutual respect and loyalty. And he loves it! Like may of us he has lots of ideas, and is keen to dispell the myth that ideas alone are a worthwhile thing!

Paddy Delaney
Community - A human's sole purpose
Stan Kuznetsov
Financial Freedom and Community

Entrepreneur and experienced sales and marketing professional in IT and FMCG. A loving husband and dad.

Stan Kuznetsov
Financial Freedom and Community
Alan Costello
A Community/Swarm of Crowd Learning and Mutual Supports

Alan is an innovative and strategic leader, working in early stage venture capital with tech startup companies @NDRC.

He is opinionated, but nice about it.

Alan Costello
A Community/Swarm of Crowd Learning and Mutual Supports
Chris Reina
Communication and Unity = Community

Chris Reina has been involved in education for the last 16 years, technology for the last 37 and making for the last 45 years. From showing 16mm film at 10 years old to his role on the startup committee of Tralee Educate Together NS to his current business – TeachTech Support and MakerMeetIE he has participated in many diverse aspects of education.

As Ireland’s only Apple Certified T3 Trainer he supports educational institutions nationwide by providing services such as: workshops and training to teachers and students; implementing and deploying technology; web and graphic design as well as servicing and repairs. Amongst his skills he lists fire, magic, circus skills and modesty.

His latest venture – one-third of MakerMeetIE – who are dedicated educators with a passion in Maker-led, S.T.E.A.M.-based education for teachers, students, parents and anyone with an interest in making and learning. He has recently returned from Rome where they have exhibited the Ginormous Geodesic Rome Dome – an 18 foot geodesic dome.

Chris Reina
Communication and Unity = Community
Eileen Forrestal
Faoi scath le chéile a mhaireann na daoine

Having recently retired from the position of Consultant Anaesthetist, after a 32 year career as a Medical Doctor, Eileen is now engaged full time in the business at Get Up and Go Publications Ltd, producing a range of inspirational and motivational diaries, journals and events, for adults and teens. The diaries embody a philosophy and wisdom – Forgive the past – Live the present – Create the future, with an intention to empower educate, inspire and encourage people to be aware of their choices, and to be responsible for their own health, self expression, wellbeing, and happiness.

Eileen believes the accelerating rate of change in the world today is overwhelming the capacity of many people to ‘keep up’. “Mental heath and wellbeing issues of stress and burnout are becoming increasingly prevalent. Our Get Up and Go diaries use words and ideas to positively impact the lives of many people, providing a source of timeless wisdom from a ‘pre-information age’ to guide us through the challenges of modern life and help shine a light in the darkness of despair”.

Eileen suffered with a ‘stammer’ for most of her young life and ‘gave up’ on her voice at 13, frustrated by her inability to ‘be understood’ and decided to retire from ‘public communication’ preferring the safety of silence and having ‘nothing important to say’. She chose the specialty of Anaesthesia for 20 years, remaining hidden and silent. That changed in 2001 when she discovered the negative impact this decision had on her life and wellbeing. Since then she has been a strong advocate of courageous self expression, travel, education, self-discovery through personal development and stepping beyond your comfort zone. “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”. In 2014, Eileen retired from her medical career believing she could serve her purpose better by using her voice and words than her hands and drugs. After a career spent ‘putting people to sleep’ she is now in the business of ‘waking people up’ to all the possibilities of being alive, right here, right now! Having overcome he fear of public speaking she has since spoken on Radio, TV, schools and stages around the world and has not looked back.

The Get Up and Go Events bring together ordinary people living extraordinary lives, courageous individuals from many walks of life, who have stepped outside their own ‘comfort zone’ to share their experience of living life ‘with passion and purpose’ and are now inspiring their audience to do the same.

Eileen lives in Sligo.

Eileen Forrestal
Faoi scath le chéile a mhaireann na daoine
Celia Keenaghan
Building Community Resilience

I’m a sociologist committed to inspiring people to work better together so that together we develop resilient children, adults and communities who can create a society that is fun fair and fantastic!

In 2011 I set up Keenaghan Collaborative providing services in Facilitation, Mentoring, Training and Guidance.

I have worked in business, public health, community development, education and social innovation. I have been a driver of many local and national initiatives including the pioneering youth charity SpunOut.ie. I write, sing, dance, play the accordion and the early Irish harp and enjoy bringing creativity to enterprise.

Celia Keenaghan
Building Community Resilience
Zanya Dahl
Online Connections vs Offline Connections

Zanya is founder/ director of @artizancreative, a creative digital agency that helps companies with similar values discover new ways to see and be seen. She signs up for pretty much any experience that will expose her to something she hasn’t seen or heard or done before. She loses track of time when she’s painting, eating good food, comedy improvising or cuddling her children.

Zanya Dahl
Online Connections vs Offline Connections
Geoffrey Gibbon
Daisy Weeps

Outline
Daisy weeps.
Empty nest, all alone. no one home.
Educated and trained all grown. Mega City bound, nothing here. Eager they fly away, adventures await new places new countries, new lives.
Daisy weeps now old, now alone.
Children weep, no jobs to bring them home.
Reverse the Mega City trend. Reverse the translocation of the youth away from rural communities and their family’s. Create a better economic future in a Mega Culture.
Daisy is happy. Growing old with dignity, growing old with her family and community all around.
About Geoff
My name is Geoff Gibbons currently residing in Louisburgh, co Mayo Ireland.
I worked for over 20 years around the world as a IT/ Telecom solution Architect and Technical trainer.
I was too safe to truly dream until now.

Geoffrey Gibbon
Daisy Weeps
Derval Dunford
Community & Connection

Derval Dunford is co-founder of Suí Mindfulness. She is a qualified MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and Yoga Nidra (relaxation) teacher and has also studied Stress Management, Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy, Counselling Skills. She is co-founder of Mindfulness Matters Ltd, and in this role has trained thousands of Irish primary school teachers and children in mindfulness, relaxation, and well-being.
Derval has been facilitating Mindfulness and Relaxation workshops and courses for many years, has worked with a variety of organisations including regular workshops and courses with the HSE, INTO, and Mayo Education Centre, she speaks regularly at related conferences.
Derval’s interest in mindfulness and yoga nidra was inspired by her life challenges. She suffered from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in early adulthood, chronic fatigue and MCS (multiple Chemical Sensitivity) in her thirties.
Being someone who has a busy mind, is creative, likes to be productive and dislikes wasting time, Derval, not naturally a ‘zen’ type, has come to realise, that the only way she can be her ‘busy’ self, follow her heart and flourish, is to balance the busyness with a smattering of stillness and calm, balancing the ‘doing’ with a little ‘non-doing’. While she is not a fluent Irish speaker Derval created the world’s first Yoga Nidra practice in Irish and bilingually, and co-created the world’s first children’s mindfulness CD in Irish. www.sui.ie

Derval Dunford
Community & Connection
Mick Hogan
Nature & Community

Mick’s passion is for nature and wildlife. He has travelled extensively, and experienced a wide variety of environments. Mick is a GMIT qualified Marine and Countryside Guide, and Climate Control Ambassador in Mayo. Mick’s work includes nature workshops, walks and talks with adults and children. Mick’s irrepressible enthusiasm for the wonder of nature is infectious.
Mick’s other passion is working with his hands, and being creative, he particularly loves working with fine quality wood. He loves connecting, or re-connecting people with nature in whatever way possible, drawing them out of the virtual world and into the here and now. This is the essence of the beautiful Irish hardwood Suí meditation stools that Mick makes.

Mick Hogan
Nature & Community
Sabine McKenna
Online Communities and Children

Outline: Experiences from 6 years on the online coding platform Scratch.
Sabine McKenna is a digital educator and off-and-on blogger. She teaches various digital skills to mainly young people in Skerries, Co. Dublin as creative computing courses Skerries (aka cccSkerries) and also runs workshops for children and adults in libraries. This is her fifth CongRegation.

Sabine McKenna
Online Communities and Children
Joe Jan
Fixing Broken Communities

Rytis Joseph Jan is the Chief Technology Officer of Jan Digital Studios and leads its technology teams in the day-to-day operations, providing key expertise, supervising the development and deployment of our software and technology led projects. Rytis Joseph Jan also has a strong understanding of the Marketing, Communications, Digital Transformation & Customer Service fields, where he in his past roles has worked with both startups and multi-national companies, consulting with their technology deployment, marketing and communications campaigns. Jan has also lectured in Digital Marketing for The Irish Times Training, in their professional diploma and certification programmes. He is also a member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Joe Jan
Fixing Broken Communities
Mary Carty
You Can't Take Community.

Mary Carty is an entrepreneur with a background in the arts, education and technology. Over the past decade she founded two startups and was a BAFTA Interactive finalist. Mary is the cofounder of Outbox Incubator, the first ever incubator for young women in STEM aged 11 to 22. As Executive Director at Blackstone Launchpad NUI Galway, she oversaw the establishment of an entrepreneurship programme open to students, staff and alumni. Recently, Mary represented Ireland on the International Visitors Leadership Program with the U.S. Department of State, focusing on small business and entrepreneurship policy.

Mary Carty
You Can't Take Community.
John Horkan
A year's experience of building our community

Co-owner and CEO of Horkan’s Group. John has over 30 years’ experience in business. His main responsibility is the strategic direction of Horkans Group and leading the eCommerce development across the businesses. He is pass Chairman of Retail Excellence Ireland’s e-Commerce Committee and he has participated in the Google Incubation Program for Irish Retailers. John is a founder member of DMiMayo Digital Marketing in Mayo network group. He represented Ireland at the Global E-commerce Summit in Barcelona in 2013.

Horkan’s Group is a family business that operates 4 Horkan’s Garden & Lifestyle Centre’s and 8 Petworld stores in locations across Ireland along with two eCommerce sites Horkans.ie and Petworlddirect.ie

John Horkan
A year's experience of building our community
Pat Kennedy
Smart Communities

Backed by an engineering degree, Pat has broad professional experience which contributes to his systematic approach to solution identification. He relishes the opportunity to develop practical, and often, innovative solutions as the project demands.

Currently, he is owner and Head of Web Strategy at E-Concepts and has developed a number of solutions in the past 2 years, including a Facebook E-School system, a Franchise Application, a combined Calendar/Events system and E-Town projects in addition to one-off projects for SME’s and brands such as Cadbury’s, Boots and Londis.

An entrepreneur at heart, Pat has lived and worked in US, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Australia. This, in addition to his extensive travels in Europe, Asia and South America allows him to bring a broader and more global perspective to his work.

Pat Kennedy
Smart Communities
Eoin Kennedy
Online, Offline, Rural, Urban, Work, Personal - A Lifetime of Communities

Eoin Kennedy is the founder of Congregation.ie, startup entrepreneur and a freelance communications consultant living in the west of Ireland.

Eoin Kennedy
Online, Offline, Rural, Urban, Work, Personal - A Lifetime of Communities
Joan Mulvihill
People Talk A lot about Community But Don't Actually Live It

Joan was the centre director of IC4 – the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce. Previously she was the CEO of the Irish Internet Association.

Joan Mulvihill
People Talk A lot about Community But Don't Actually Live It
Pamela O'Brien
Communities in the 21st Century

Pam O’Brien is a Maths and Computer Science lecturer in Limerick Institute of Technology. The integration of techology in education is a key driving force and is an area to which she devotes a significant effort. She organises the ICT in Education conference (http://lit.ie/ictedu), an annual event which provides an opportunity for educators to share ideas for the integration of technology in teaching and learning. She is an advocate for the student voice and the maker education movement and has been been involved in CoderDojo for more than seven years.

Pamela O'Brien
Communities in the 21st Century
Mags Amond
A Thought to Hold in Preparation for the 2019 CongRegation Gathering

Synopsis: “Community can be the warmly persuasive word to describe an existing sets of relationships, or the warmly persuasive word to describe an alternative set of relationships. What is most important, perhaps, is that unlike all other terms of social organisation (state, nation, society, etc.) it never seems to be used unfavourably, and never to be given any positive opposing or distinguishing term”
(Williams, R. 1976. Keywords: A vocabulary of culture and society.)
About Mags Amond: Retired from a first lifetime as a second level teacher, currently pursuing PhD (part time and from afar) at Trinity College Dublin. Researching TeachMeet, an evolving unconference during which teachers share ideas in a convivial atmosphere.

Mags Amond
A Thought to Hold in Preparation for the 2019 CongRegation Gathering
Conor O'Brien
Communities Can Tolerate Great Diversity, but not Great Inequality

I come from a tradition of cooperative and local involvement and has always been involved in community and farming organisations. I am now a director of Mitchelstown Credit Union; involved with a local group using walks on the Knockmealdowns and the Galtees to build the community, and develop it; and with a friend who wants to develop a food-growing low cost of living system so that a person with a project is not weighed with unsustainable living costs.

Conor O'Brien
Communities Can Tolerate Great Diversity, but not Great Inequality
Russell Buckley
Why Dunbar’s Number is Most Important Algorithm

Russell Buckley is a Partner with Kindred Capital, the early stage venture investor, based in London. He is a previous Global Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association and was an active Angel Investor in over 40 companies (via Ballpark Ventures).

Russell’s previous role was with mobile advertising startup, AdMob. He learned about AdMob soon after its launch, joining as its first employee in 2006. His remit was to launch AdMob into the EMEA market and four years later, AdMob was sold to Google for $750m.

Russell Buckley
Why Dunbar’s Number is Most Important Algorithm
Bernard Joyce
Tools for Transformation

Bernard is a founder of New Paradigms Consulting, co-founder of Geodesign Ireland and MSc Student in Management for Sustainable Development

Bernard Joyce
Tools for Transformation
Rose Barrett
Psychology of Communities

Rose here, I like to paddle boats and peddle digital consultancy to small businesses. I also end up volunteering for all sorts, particularly when it’s related to improving rural communities or using digital resources to help spread ideas.

Rose Barrett
Psychology of Communities
Thérèse Kinahan
A Diverse Rural Community in the Heart of Ireland

A Toastmaster, currently Area Director of Midland Area (4 counties), former President of Athlone Club.
BA (Hons) NUI Galway in Training and Education with interest and experience in Equality Studies. Worked in Africa and with Special Olympics. Mother of two adults. Aspiring writer.

Thérèse Kinahan
A Diverse Rural Community in the Heart of Ireland
Carol Passemard
Community

I am in the business of transforming people’s lives. My goal is to empower you to be Mindful and Encourage you to be the successful person you deserve to be. Imagine discovering the key that unlocks your full potential and in just 2 days!

Carol Passemard
Community
Mary Rodgers
The ethos of a community - palpable energy porus boundaries

Innovation Community Manager at PorterShed - Galway City

Mary Rodgers
The ethos of a community - palpable energy porus boundaries
Colum Joyce
Communities at the Crossroads: Flight or Fight?

Firm believer that a good idea needs 5 years of patience for the rest of the world to catch up with you. Moved back to Connemara because I got tired of being a stranger in strange lands and it provides head space to think without the clutter and mutter of urban life and bureaucracy.

Colum Joyce
Communities at the Crossroads: Flight or Fight?
Paul Passemard
Community

I am an engineer by background with 25 years experience in the oil industry in operations and major project and programme delivery. At the height of the UK’s North Sea Oil development I managed an oil industry consortium aimed at improving the performance of suppliers to the offshore industry
In 1989 I formed a management consultancy focussing on quality assurance and high performance team working. Through assignments with the UK’s HM Treasury I played a key role in developing the Gateway Process and rolling it out across central government departments and local authorities.
I am an experienced Gateway Reviewer and have led major project and programme reviews across the UK.

Paul Passemard
Community
Daphne McKinley
Online Community

Daphne McKinley has a broad commercial background with decades of property development experience in the UK and Monaco. She has developed validated financial analytics and a successful planning process for creating value, complimenting her perspective on award winning design through her design and construction management team.

Daphne McKinley
Online Community
Jeffrey Gormly
Distributed Leadership

Artist, Author, Thinker, Collaborator
Current research topics:
Creative organisation – how we can unlock creativity in our collective life
Creativity for health – strategies for normalising creative self-expression
Creativity for freedom – making room for creative diversity in society

Jeffrey Gormly
Distributed Leadership
Michelle Gallen
Healing Communities

I’m wreck-dwelling novelist who guzzles coffee, sips whiskey and inhales chocolate. Also known to get all geeky about edtech and medtech.

Michelle Gallen
Healing Communities
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