Trust hosts Digital Lunches

Trust hosts Digital Lunches

26 October 2012

This week saw the first two in a series of Digital Lunches with the Building Change Trust, working in partnership with Slugger O’Toole.

Participants and viewers engaged in informed and lively debate around social innovation in Northern Ireland’s Voluntary and Community Sector, what it is and how the sector can work towards a more efficient and effective future.

These events, online video conferences hosted on Google’s social media platform Google +, are part of the Building Change Trust’s ongoing work into social innovation which will also see a number of workshops and seminars hosted in November.

The first digital lunch looked at what we mean by Social Innovation and heard from representatives of organisations from across Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland and the UK.

There were interesting insights from Dougald Hine, a former BBC Journalist and part of the Euroaxacan Initiative of European Cultures, the Transitions Network’s Rob Hopkins, Michael Kelly from Grow It Yourself Ireland and the Oh Yeah Music Centre’s Stuart Bailie.

The Trust will be producing a series of edited versions of the Digital Lunches called ‘Small Portions’, to view the first of these please click here.

To view the full lunch, please click here.

The second digital lunch further looked at what social innovation actually is and we hear from contributors such as YouthBank’s Vernon Ringland and Community Restorative Justice Ireland’s Harry Maguire on how their organisations has tried to be innovative in dealing with some of the issues they have come up against.

Lauren Currie from Snook talked about how she and the organisation she co-founded are trying to bring innovative design principles to the design of public services.

John McMullan from Bryson House in Belfast also spoke about how his organisation has developed throughout its years in operation and how they are seeking to be more and more innovative to help to achieve social change.

Simon Gordon from Facewatch told the panel about how he set up an online crime reporting service, streamlining the minor crime reporting process and attempting to standardise this process.

There is also a promotional video from a group called The Amazings, an online community showcasing the talents of the Over 50s. The group are currently working solely in London, but have plans to roll the programme out across the UK in the future.

To view the ‘Small Portions’ version, please click here. To view to full video please click here.