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Our Survey Says…

Posted by on November 29, 2012

Our Survey Says…GAA Voted Biggest Force for Social Change

Our survey says….

GAA Beats Both St Vincent de Paul & Mary McAleese to be named Ireland’s Greatest Ever Force for Social Change

Public identify citizens and communities (55%) as being those most responsible for social change in Ireland ahead of politicians (24%)
• One in two members of public wants to help make social change happen
• Public identify local community, disability and education as the areas they are most likely to get involved in changing
• 70% of public identify Government / politicians as area of society most in need of change
• Ireland’s cultural identity and sense of community seen as the greatest sources of national pride

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has been voted Ireland’s greatest ever force for social change according to research commissioned by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. The survey of over 200 adults underlines a desire for real social change in the country and reveals a public willingness to get involved in making it happen. One in two (48%) of respondents said they would be willing to get involved in making change happen with education 26%, local community 20% and disability 12% the areas that appeal most to potential volunteers.

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12 months on

Posted by on November 22, 2012

12 months onSeán Love receiving the 2011 Impact Award

12 months on from Winning a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Award, Seán Love from Fighting Words reflects on his time so far as an Awardee. 

The SEI Awards process feels a bit like a graduation, and my experience last year was that the previous award winners came across as modest, confident, wise and generous. A bit like your slightly older friend/brother/sister, who’s been there already, trying to reassure you that “it’ll all be grand”. There is no training for the role. I was certain last year the Frances and Dara were operating from a script, but, if so, Annalisa has forgotten to forward it to me. This year, being cast in that role of “elder” myself, I hope I measure up for this year’s awardees.

12 months on…

Fighting Words has had a great 12 months since receiving an Impact Award from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI). We’ve hosted another 10,000 students over the past year in free creative writing workshops and courses; and, on the basis of the applications we receive, we know we could fill 4 centres around the country, every day, on an ongoing basis.

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A note to 2012 Award Winners

Posted by on November 12, 2012

A note to 2012 Award Winners

A short message to the new Award Winners from Michael Kelly of GIY Ireland, 2011 Impact Award Winner. 

It was very strange being at the awards on Oct 18th and being there as an alumni, rather than an awardee! At the same time, it was nice to be there and not to have a sick feeling in the stomach as I did the previous year! A huge congrats to all the awardees – all of your projects are simply awe-inspiring. Congrats also to the SEI team on pulling off another incredibly inspiring event – as is always the case with SEI gigs, I returned to the GIY trenches feeling reinvigorated and re-inspired.

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Posted by on November 5, 2012



Ireland is in a state of flux. This is an age of dislocation where the ground beneath our feet has rarely seemed less solid. Many of our traditional institutions and structures have lost credibility and significance. Fault lines have started to appear throughout Irish society, young vs. old, public vs. private, rural vs. urban. And the economic crisis has resulted in cut backs and unprecedented pressure being placed on the not-for-profit sector, the critical services they provide and the communities they serve. Yet in a state of flux come opportunities for great change. Opportunities to reimagine a country, rewrite a society, re-evaluate priorities and renew a shared vision for the future.

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