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Using art to fill in gaps of our reconciliation @DFATIrl

LEONARD Allan NIFUsing art to fill in gaps of our reconciliation: DFAT Reconciliation Networking Forum
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
14 December 2016

At the eleventh annual convening of a reconciliation network organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Ireland), an afternoon panel discussion explored the role of the arts in Northern Ireland’s reconciliation process.

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Without fear or favour: 30 years of Troubled Images

LEONARD Allan NIFWithout fear or favour: 30 years of Troubled Images
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
28 November 2016

The latest incarnation of the Troubled Images project — the launch of a free downloadable iBook  — was cause for a reunion of sorts at the Linen Hall Library for the original team that compiled and published its original CD-ROM 15 years ago.

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A Lagan College birthday: The story of integrated education in Northern Ireland

LEONARD Allan NIFA Lagan College birthday: The story of integrated education in Northern Ireland
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
11 November 2016

Just past the reception desk is a small, black-and-white photography of the simple and utilitarian building that housed the first enrolment of students at Lagan College in 1981; today, celebrating its 35th birthday, the impressive expanse is testimony to the successful development of not only this school, but of integrated education in Northern Ireland.

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OPINION: Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy @WFDemocracy Strasbourg 2016

LEONARD Allan NIFOPINION: Promote critical thinking skills for better democracy: World Forum for Democracy: Strasbourg 2016
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
7 November 2016

The 600 seats of the hemicycle of the Council of Europe soon filled with young activists and seasoned practitioners at the 2016 gathering of the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. I attended as part of a delegation from Northern Ireland, all beneficiaries of the Civic Activism Programme administered by Building Change Trust. Our objective was to learn and share experiences to improve democracy and equality through education.

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Confident. Ambitious. Prosperous. Distinctive. Launch of Successful Belfast.

LEONARD Allan NIF

Confident. Ambitious. Prosperous. Distinctive. Launch of Successful Belfast.
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
27 October 2016

Walking past the students at their tabletops, working on their assignments with mock constructions at the School of Architecture at the Ulster University Belfast campus, there was no mistaking that I found the venue for the launch event for Successful Belfast, described in an advance notice by founding director of Belfast Buildings Trust, Ms Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle, as “a city-focused think-tank”.

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Digitising the peace process

LEONARD Allan NIFDigitising the peace process
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
1 September 2016

“You have to go to the archives!” an academic supervisor once advised me. At the time, this meant physically traveling to where the precious documents were stored, with your official letter requesting access permission, and spending hours transcribing (sometimes with only a pencil allowed).

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Changing the conversation with e-petitions in Northern Ireland

LEONARD Allan NIFChanging the conversation with e-petitions in Northern Ireland
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
16 June 2016

As part of the Xchange Summer School, Mairaid McMahon announced the launch of e-petitions in Northern Ireland, which is scheduled to appear on the Northern Ireland Assembly website in September 2016.

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Transformation through collaboration: Foster

LEONARD Allan NIFTransformation through collaboration: Foster
The Harri Holkeri lecture: Women, leadership and peacebuilding
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
23 May 2016

First Minister for Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster MLA, was the guest speaker at the fourth annual Harri Holkeri lecture series, on this year’s topic of “Women, leadership and peacebuilding”.

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(St) Patrick deported by citizen jury

LEONARD Allan(St) Patrick deported by citizen jury
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
19 March 2016

A public jury of citizens of Ireland voted to deport (Saint) Patrick, after hearing testimony in a staged hearing of his immigration application for the right to remain, at a “provocation” event by Kabosh Theatre Company at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, sponsored by the Northern Ireland Foundation as part of the Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics.

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Brining our own lens: Visualising conflict in Palestine

LEONARD AllanBringing our own lens: Visualising conflict in Palestine
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
15 March 2016

The rear room at Common Grounds Cafe was the venue for a display of three types of imagery — participatory, documentary, and expository — for the Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics event, Visualising Conflict in Palestine, which was attended by a mixture of the artistically intrigued and politically motivated.

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#MyAngle

LEONARD Allan#MyAngle
Be the Change: A creative workshop
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation
21 January 2016

At a creative workshop entitled “Be the Change”, hosted by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (CDPB), in partnership with Twitter, over 50 participants spent the afternoon developing and pitching proposed campaigns for social change in Northern Ireland.