Night of Ideas in Ashford Castle

The fact that there is only 32 seats in the private cinema in Ashford Castle is the biggest weaknesses and strengths of the beginning event of CongRegation.  The luxurious surroundings and the ‘pulmanesque’ seating allows for a level of intimacy that connects speakers and attendees closely but the night is always oversubscribed.

This year five speakers shared their unique stories of ideas in an evening which started with a prosecco reception in Ashford Castle’s Connaught Room.

Daphne McKinsey stared the evening with a presentation exploring fear and its impact on ideas noting that sometimes we need to completely step away from an idea before we can reassess and implement it.  Generating something new challenges us and Daphne’s story behind the Sean Edwards Foundation deeply resonated with all.  Daphne lost her son Sean in a tragic motor accident which inspired her to create a foundation that would improve driver safety in the motor racing sector.  Daphne also shared the plans for a new communications and collaboration platform that could revolutionise driver to spectator the safety with enhanced first responder and incident data.

Peppered with a lifetime of tips and stories of products he developed David Gluckman shared insights on what inspired new gins, vodkas and wines.  Contrary to a systems led world he suggested that ‘sometimes it helps to take something right to the wire.  The cold sweat of panic can concentrate the mind wonderfully.”  The search for ideas is a 168 hour a week undertaking he also noted.  “Wherever you look, you can find something. Just keep looking” said David describing how he has found inspiration from ordinary things like a crossword puzzle. He also told attendees to look at the information you already have rather than continually looking for new data. David also revealed that for him the process of ideation it was “never a team game’.   Acknowledging the role of buyers of ideas he advocated the need to learn how to buy as well as sell ideas.   David finished up with a final piece of advice for all to implement the morning after test on ideas – what seems like an inspired concept might not seem like such a good idea the next day.

Speaking without slides but based on a lifetime of stories from working in the media Valerie Cox shared how headline grabbing stories come about.  By pulling bags of rubbish out of ditches around the country, searching for clue of ownership she tracked down dumpers to interview them for ‘Ditch Watch’.  Over 5 years this caught nationwide appeal and radically changed behaviour.  Aligned to this she also narrated uncovering a series of illegal dumps based upon following up on rumours that led to high court actions.  She also spoke about gate crashing wedding for scoops to following numerous lines of query to gather enough information to make a story worth while.  Valerie also shared how the media worked to extremely tight deadlines that forces journalist to rapidly work contacts, gather information, turn them into a coherent narrative and make them readable.  The life of a journalist is not for everyone with its multiple rejections and sometime dangerous reactions.  One of Valerie’s final stories was on revealing the practices of Irish psychics that prayed upon people vulnerabilities after weeks of recording interviews.

Lee Tunney Ware in his presentation on ‘New Mindsets = New results’ used a series of audience participations that had everyone on their feet to demonstrate the connection between know and believing. ‘We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are’ he said acknowledging the role of belief over perception.  He brought the exercise home to attendees by asking them to see how many ‘F’s they saw in a sentence.  Most missed a couple of them demonstrating that the mind does not always see everything.  Lee maintains that beliefs are the barrier to truth and are only summary commands.  He finished up telling the audience that ‘your limits only exist in the mindset that created them’ and encouraged everyone to take a new and open view on what they could achieve.

The evening finished with Joan Mulvihill narrating her new journey as an artist. Joan was better know to the attendees as the CEO of the Irish Internet Association and more recently as centre director of IC4.  With only 24 hours to prepare for the presentation she also discussed the role of ‘fear’ and ‘acceptance’ of exposing new ideas.  Illustrating the progression of her paint from photo realistic to more emotion fueled impression she articulated the movement from ‘Someone who can but someone who doesn’t…..’ to  ‘Someone who can and someone who does…’  She also questioned who decides if someone is or isn’t something.  When is someone a Musician, author, Poet, Comedian, an Entrepreneur or in her situation an Artist?

Is it defined by the ‘effort’ or the ‘output’?  The reaction by the attendees to her work answered some of this but people willing to buy her work was perhaps a better indicator.

She also spoke about embracing how some people will hate her work and the honest feedback this provides.  She finished by talking about the difficultly of giving something away that she has created, although financial payment helps.

Following the evening in Ashford Castle the group retired to Danagher pub where Mags Almond, Richard Millwood, Chris Reina and Stephen Howell brought the group through making simple electrical circuits and explaining the role and function of diodes, conductors, semi-conductors.  By using the now infamous fluffy chicken Pieu Pieu showed how our bodies can act as conductors followed by hands on making of glowies.  In the course of 20 minutes the impact on sparking curiosity, understanding and questioning was clear to the attendees and even clear how this can be transformation for children.  Deep electronics concepts through fun and experience.


Ideas | Where do they come from ? #24 #cong18


How we define the human race creates the ceiling of our capabilities and possibilities and defines our future. Our archaic mindset governs the world we live in. We chip away, one idea at a time to create a better future, however with a mindset that dictates that a utopia is beyond the reach of us mere humans.
In many ways we are succeeding to fail, we are creating the modern world, with all its’ imperfections. How can we have a perfect world from an imperfect being? We need to raise our standards and establish true common values where all life has a value. Whereby our innovation creates a future that benefits all life!

4 Key Takeaways:

  1. We have the power to make the changes we want if we would only change our mindset!
  2. What we believe is possible is the barrier to our possibilities. Our beliefs should not confine us as our beliefs are a consequence of us not knowing the truth.
  3. We have to redifine our intellect and how we define ourselves as a human race.
  4. Our perception of reality makes our reality, our past present and future.

About Lee Tunney Ware:

Lee Tunney-Ware is a unique speaker for transformational change. Lee is a multi award-winning business owner and social entrepreneur with an ambitious vision to change the way society thinks about itself and each other. He has spent decades helping people strip back beliefs, judgments and opinions of themselves and the world around them, freeing them of the shackles that are a heavy weight on their minds and hearts and revealing the simple yet powerful truths that help them find their purpose and change their lives.

Lee is an experienced entrepreneur, psychotherapist, stress management counsellor, hypnoesitherapist and hypnotherapist with a demonstrated track record for successful business management and growth, problem solving, sales and marketing. Specialist expertise in corporate team building programs and personal development designed to help people achieve their full potential. Internationally published author and respected community leader committed to growing regional tourism and strong, healthy communities. Effective transformational coach and speaker with a proven ability to change the default mindset.


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By Lee Tunney Ware.

Do they just “pop” in to our consciousness as moments of inspiration? Or are they by design?
Are they freely thought by an individual?
Some would say they are like seeds that grow and develop over time. Some compare them to the acorn that grows in to the mighty oak.
Are they a form of inspiration, of innovation or necessity?

If we look back through history at the landscape of human development over the last 150 years, the steam engine, the automobile, the space craft, radio and TV, Computers etc. you could perceive that the human race took a giant quantum leap in a very short period of time!

Why so many thousands of years and then all of a sudden within a very short period of time did our human capabilities develop so quickly? What changed? Was it our thinking? If so, What is thought? Logically without thought it would be perceived that we could not have ideas…Just imagine that thought was only there to communicate, not to innovate.

If we evolved then thought is a by-product of biology, behind the thought is a biological consciousness, not of ideas but of chemical changes that give life to our innovation and passion. Einstein implied that imagination was the mother of all invention. There are many ways to describe an idea, there are many examples in our history to define our development, but the question still remains –  What is an idea in its purest form?…. Can you summon it on command? If not, why not?

If it’s your idea, then logically, you are in control of it….What stops you from commanding the idea? If you have the necessity, the motivation and the passion, why can you not just create it, instantly, on command? Do the planets have to align? Does there have to be a comet in our solar system?

What has to happen for us to have ideas on command?  Just to clarify, I don’t mean ideas like brainstorming, where we can just shout them out-any idea’s a good idea! I mean ideas that change the world for the better….Not just in the present timeline, not ideas that are driven by financial gain, but ideas that are pure and enhance humankind. For example, a categorical cure for cancer or better still a cure for an “incurable illness”, what does “incurable” mean? Does it mean our intellect is governed to the point that we don’t even summon the energy to create the thought? Is it the Goliath that stands in our way of innovation? How we define things, “the big C” is also how we restrict our mind-set, our creativity. How big we perceive the problem to be also defines the timeline, the creation. The development of the acorn to the oak and how big the oak will be. How we define the problem automatically defines our mind-set, our mind-set governs our self-value individually and as a human race and it defines our inferiority compared to the challenge/problem.

Just imagine a survey was done of 100 people in every city of the western world and they were asked to answer one question….”In how many years would they expect a categorical cure for all types of cancer?” Some might say “never”, you might say “never is not an answer, we just need a timeline”, they might say 200 years, some would say 15 years, some 30, some 50 and so on. We would take their answers and average them out, let’s say the average timeline was 75 years, this would be the average time expectancy of when society would expect a categorical cure for cancer. The individuals going in to work to create the cure for cancer are part of society, so are governed by “normal” parameters of though, what some might call “the box”! They cannot find that scientific breakthrough as they are governed intellectually by a consistent average, from this example, it is possible to realise that ideas are governed by the collective consciousness and are time encapsulated within our mind-set.

They are drip fed over time to be congruent with the average expectation, even though we are not privileged to the “average timeline” information, we are still affected by what others think. With media, news, education etc. , our consciousness/mind-set is calibrated, some would call it thinking “inside the box”. Not only does the box govern what we think, it will also govern the timeline in which it will be thought. Our individual value and our value of what it is to be human, restricts our capabilities in line with the calibration. For one thing to be perceived true, everything above, below and parallel is also true. So, do we truly think as individuals or are we governed by the consistent average of what individuals think?

Our biology is governed by the consistent patterns within the mind-set. The chemicals that created thought are now controlled by those patterns. To think outside the box is to be free from the calibration and values that govern. To be a free thinker is to be separate from the collective. To have an idea that is not governed by the restrictions within the default mind-set, an idea that is not governed within a growth mind-set is very unique and to reach the plateaux we have to let go of how we define our intellect and how we define ourselves as a human race. None of us are perfect, so it is said, and our imperfections should not define our creativity. Our past and present understandings should not create our future of tomorrow. We are a capable race that is shackled by inferior data, a default algorithm or consciousness, a human update is long overdue and we should move and raise our ceiling of expectation to allow the next Quantum leap of humankind!