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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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Transforming communities through innovative use of space

Sophie AUMAILLEYTransforming communities through innovative use of space
by Sophie AUMAILLEY for Northern Ireland Foundation
14 October 2016

As part of the Unusual Suspects Festival, Richard Good, a Streetcraft Scholar and Special Adviser to the previous Northern Ireland Minister of Justice, led a debate about “Public property: How can we transform communities through unused space?”

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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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“A better way of being governed”: What is the state of democracy in Northern Ireland?

MOONEY Martin“A better way of being governed”: What is the state of democracy in Northern Ireland?
by Martin MOONEY for Northern Ireland Foundation
14 March 2016

As part of the Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics, Involve and the Building Change Trust co-hosted an event that examined the state of Northern Ireland’s democracy and the role of civil society within it, and asked whether there could be a more deliberative democracy here.

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Biting the hand: Is the voluntary sector “Still in the business of doing good?”

MOONEY MartinBiting the hand: Is the voluntary sector “Still in the business of doing good?”
by Martin MOONEY for Northern Ireland Foundation
14 March 2016

A sunlit room in the new Ulster University building on Belfast’s York Street was the venue for a discussion of the role of the community and voluntary sector in contemporary Northern Ireland, as part of the Imagine! Festival of Ideas & Politics.