Denis Stewart has not received any gifts yet
Today is the shortest day of 2011. With that in mind - and the imminence of pervasive Christmas frivolities and feasting - here are some of my mid-winter reflections. I leave it to you to reflect on possible relevance to the RSA's work in thought leadership linked to social innovation ...
Our contemporary world, with all its measurist preoccupation with 'the mechanical', continues to need poetry. How wise may the people of the Irish Republic turn…Continue
Posted on December 21, 2011 at 12:30
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sitting in on the 'Explore presentations' by participants the Spirit of Enniskillen Trust's 2011 international leadership programme [ http://www.soetrust.org/p/explore/ ]. Each year, 'Explore' involves 40 young people, aged 16-19, from across Northern Ireland, in a sequence of learning experiences that includes two weeks in one of a number of other countries/regions - this year in Cyprus, Sweden, Berlin and the…Continue
Posted on October 3, 2011 at 10:30
Yesterday evening I returned home from holiday to be greeted by mixed news in the local media of current happenings, both happy and horrific. And, not for the first time, there are causes for both gladness and sadness about being from 'our wee country' - a place that expresses, with more or less ease, a unique political/cultural mix of Irishness and Britishness.
The front page of the Belfast Telegraph, 'Northern Ireland's Daily Newspaper' [though not the only one!] celebrated…
Posted on June 22, 2011 at 16:00 — 2 Comments
TheFriday 18th March issue of the Belfast Telegraph carried articles and comment pieces assessing the performance of the Northern Ireland Assembly's Education Minister as the May elections loom. And it's not a high grade that Caitriona Ruane has achieved! 'It's top marks for smugness, but she fails on realism' is one commentator's summative assessment. Certainly, it's clear enough to those of us who have lived, and often cringed, through the last 4 years that the outgoing…Continue
Posted on April 6, 2011 at 19:41