Creating Change Dr Kirsten Kearney  Chief Executive, ESC www.esc-film.com
 
The Journey  – Stages 1. 2. 3. <ul><li>1. Undergraduate (with 1 year out) – BA Hons in English </li></ul><ul><li>Studies a...
<ul><li>Years 1,2  – Stirling. (plus teaching assistant in both English Studies and German). </li></ul><ul><li>Years 3,4  ...
<ul><li>PhD in German Studies  </li></ul><ul><li>at the University of Stirling: </li></ul><ul><li>Constructing the Nation:...
So what happened next?
 
Watershed
How can you write your own job description? <ul><li>Very  sceptical at the idea that you could </li></ul><ul><li>‘ create’...
<ul><li>Lloyds TSB Foundation –  </li></ul><ul><li>6 year funding stream  £100,000  </li></ul>Through strategic partnering...
Project Co-ordinator  Fundraiser    Chief Executive <ul><li>Our Vision:  </li></ul><ul><li>To create a global initiative ...
Student    Postgrad       Doctor    Chief Executive
This makes you pretty unique  and very employable. Or capable of creating your own employment.
<ul><li>Ask yourself the questions. </li></ul><ul><li>What are you good at? </li></ul><ul><li>What motivates you? </li></u...
Paulo Freire <ul><li>“ Power comes from risking </li></ul><ul><li>ourselves in creation” </li></ul>
<ul><li>You are doing it already. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep going.   </li></ul>
Thank you Dr Kirsten Kearney  Chief Executive, ESC www.esc-film.com
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  • Screengrab of my page on our website? Where I have got to. Also what the public projection / presentation is. This summary lacks the story behind the scenes. ESC is a charity working with those marginalised by society; prisoners and ex-prisoners, homeless people and youth at risk. It was established in 1999 and moved into film-making in 2003. Kirsten has recently been appointed the Chief Executive of ESC.She has an extensive background in the arts sector having worked in arts development and arts marketing in Northern Ireland. She is a former lecturer in Cultural Studies at Glasgow University. She speaks fluent German and taught English Studies in Germany. Kirsten has an MPhil in Modern Poetry, with a thesis on Seamus Heaney, and a PhD in German and Scottish national and cultural identity.She is also a published poet who was selected to represent Northern Ireland in the European Poetry in Motion project in Washington. She was writer in residence in Anacostia, one of the most disadvantaged areas of DC. Her ambition is to help suicide survivors deal with their own experiences and rebuild their live
  • EDUCATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (ESC) - CHIEF EXECUTIVE ESC - PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR / FUNDRAISER ESC REDISCOVER NI PROGRAMME (DCAL)…WRITER IN RESIDENCE IN ANACOSTIA CULTURENORTHERNIRELAND…. PR &amp; MARKETING OFFICER / FUNDRAISER (STARTED PT  FULL TIME POST PHD) FESTIVAL OF FOOLS……. EVENT MANAGER &amp; ADMIN ASSISTANT CHANNEL 4 IDEASFACTORY……. FREELANCE FEATURE WRITER BELFAST CITY COUNCIL……….. FREELANCE EVENT ORGANISER AND COMPÈRE FOR CITY HALL CENTENARY POETRY EVENING BELFAST CITY COUNCIL…….. ARTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND, PRESS &amp; COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT…..ASSISTANT TO COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR / FREELANCE WRITER      
  • EDUCATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (ESC) - CHIEF EXECUTIVE ESC - PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR / FUNDRAISER ESC REDISCOVER NI PROGRAMME (DCAL)…WRITER IN RESIDENCE IN ANACOSTIA CULTURENORTHERNIRELAND…. PR &amp; MARKETING OFFICER / FUNDRAISER (STARTED PT  FULL TIME POST PHD) FESTIVAL OF FOOLS……. EVENT MANAGER &amp; ADMIN ASSISTANT CHANNEL 4 IDEASFACTORY……. FREELANCE FEATURE WRITER BELFAST CITY COUNCIL……….. FREELANCE EVENT ORGANISER AND COMPÈRE FOR CITY HALL CENTENARY POETRY EVENING BELFAST CITY COUNCIL…….. ARTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND, PRESS &amp; COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT…..ASSISTANT TO COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR / FREELANCE WRITER      
  • RETURN TO BELFAST… tell about dad? Channel 4 party in belfast – met the artistic director of ESC – who then invited me to Maghaberry max security prison to watch the filming of Mickey B.
  • Women into Enterprise Business Course Certificate at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. – first step into thinking differently about what you could achieve?? Was going to set up a Fairtrade trading business. (on a break from the phd) Very limited jobs available Very frustrated in my job
  • You are doing it already. – wave phd in the air.
  • You are doing it already. – wave phd in the air.
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    1. 1. Creating Change Dr Kirsten Kearney Chief Executive, ESC www.esc-film.com
    2. 3. The Journey – Stages 1. 2. 3. <ul><li>1. Undergraduate (with 1 year out) – BA Hons in English </li></ul><ul><li>Studies and German (1st Class Honours, with distinction </li></ul><ul><li>in spoken German). </li></ul><ul><li>2. Masters - MPhil in Modern Poetry in English (University </li></ul><ul><li>of Stirling) completed dissertation and viva on the Six </li></ul><ul><li>Senses of Seamus Heaney </li></ul><ul><li>3. PhD scholarship to research ballads in Scotland and Germany </li></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>Years 1,2 – Stirling. (plus teaching assistant in both English Studies and German). </li></ul><ul><li>Years 3,4 – Cultural Studies Lektorin at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Germany (plus PhD research) </li></ul><ul><li>Years 5,6 – Stirling, including a sabbatical lectureship for Glasgow University at Dumfries </li></ul><ul><li>Years 6,7 – back in Belfast - Break of 1½ years </li></ul><ul><li>Year 8 - Worked part-time and finished thesis </li></ul><ul><li>- Viva late spring, graduated in summer 2007 </li></ul>1999 – 2007 (yes, that’s 8 years!)
    4. 5. <ul><li>PhD in German Studies </li></ul><ul><li>at the University of Stirling: </li></ul><ul><li>Constructing the Nation: The Role of the Ballad </li></ul><ul><li>in 20 th Century German National Identity with special </li></ul><ul><li>Reference to Scotland </li></ul>June 2007, Stirling, Scotland
    5. 6. So what happened next?
    6. 8. Watershed
    7. 9. How can you write your own job description? <ul><li>Very sceptical at the idea that you could </li></ul><ul><li>‘ create’ a job </li></ul><ul><li>How to transfer skills from PhD to </li></ul><ul><li>‘ the non-academic world’? </li></ul>
    8. 10. <ul><li>Lloyds TSB Foundation – </li></ul><ul><li>6 year funding stream £100,000 </li></ul>Through strategic partnering with grass-roots organizations with an annual income of less than £250,000, the Foundation will achieve positive and sustainable change, making a lasting difference in specific areas of clearly evidenced social need for the benefit of disadvantaged people and communities in Northern Ireland.
    9. 11. Project Co-ordinator Fundraiser  Chief Executive <ul><li>Our Vision: </li></ul><ul><li>To create a global initiative using drama and film to tackle grassroots issues within local communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Mission: </li></ul><ul><li>To use drama and film to: challenge perceptions, change lives, tackle social exclusion and encourage civic engagement through providing accredited training. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Values: </li></ul><ul><li>Courage </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance </li></ul>
    10. 12. Student  Postgrad  Doctor  Chief Executive
    11. 13. This makes you pretty unique and very employable. Or capable of creating your own employment.
    12. 14. <ul><li>Ask yourself the questions. </li></ul><ul><li>What are you good at? </li></ul><ul><li>What motivates you? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your passion? </li></ul>
    13. 15. Paulo Freire <ul><li>“ Power comes from risking </li></ul><ul><li>ourselves in creation” </li></ul>
    14. 16. <ul><li>You are doing it already. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep going. </li></ul>
    15. 17. Thank you Dr Kirsten Kearney Chief Executive, ESC www.esc-film.com

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