Designing Dublin 2.0 Love the City 100 Examples Vincent Harris 07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Fighting Words Dublin 2009 http:// www.fightingwords.ie/whats_the_story/index.php Fighting Words is a creative writing centre , established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. Inspired by 826 Valencia in San Francisco Fighting Words is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin 1, very close to Croke Park. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing. Each morning, Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 12.00, primary school students, to a maximum of 30 children per group, visit the Fighting Words Centre, to write a book. Helped on by Fighting Words tutors, they write a story which is projected onto a big screen. The children decide on the characters and plot, and write the story sentence by sentence. They edit, and make corrections as they go. Meanwhile, a volunteer artist draws an illustration or two, to go with the story. The group's element of the writing takes the story about three-quarters of the way through the plot. Then the pages are collated, printed, covered and bound with several blank pages at the end, so each child can write and illustrate his or her own ending, at school or at home. A photograph of each student the Author Photo - is incorporated on the back cover of each book. Each student leaves Fighting Words with his or her own book.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Candela Structures: Architecture as Storytelling New York 2009 How many times have you walked past an unusual building, structure, marking or sign and wondered what it was or how it got there? Cities are layered; traces of their histories hide in plain sight all around us. We might take passing notice of these mysterious clues, and some might even get around to a cursory Google search, but few seek answers with the dedication and enthusiasm of Kirsten Hively and Paul Lukas. What started as curiosity about two unusual waterfront shells snowballed into an extensive research project, exhibition, website and informal fan club . Here, Kirsten reminds us that our city’s forgotten structures and spaces have stories to tell and that “stories are what make a space into a place and connect all the disparate pieces of the metropolis.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Ballads All over the place 2009 A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music . Ballads were particularly characteristic of British and Irish popular poetry and song from the later medieval period until the 19th century and used extensively across Europe and later North America , Australia and North Africa . Many ballads were written and sold as single sheet broadsides . The form was often used by poets and composers from the 18th century onwards to produce lyrical ballads. In the later 19th century it took on the meaning of a slow form of popular love song and the term is now often used as synonymous with any love song, particularly the pop or rock power ballad.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City BMW Worldwide 1999 Using the medium of film BMW used fictional stories to break from the traditional form of advertising. Using star studded casts top directors made a series of short films to create a viral internet advertising campaign that broke from the norms of marketing.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Navigatour/Racontour Ireland, 2009 For tourists and locals alike, finding your away around Ireland is not always the easiest thing to do. Maps are frequently out of date and GPS devices rarely include details of interesting sights and attractions. Irish entrepreneur John Ward has tackled the problem head on with a new GPS service, that not only helps you find ‘local activities, attractions and accommodation’ in Donegal but also helps bring them to life. Navigatour works with most sat nav devices and includes information about attractions, accommodation, places of interests and quirky sites across Donegal – and will appeal as much to locals as tourists. Even more interesting is Racontour , an audio upgrade which also includes interesting local histories, anecdotes and tales, narrated by locals – “some hilarious, some bizarre but all very interesting”. The audio files are triggered as the driver passes key locations, making it a bit like having a tour guide in the car with you. In order to get some authentic audio material we recorded a radio series called Rambling House where we got some great stories. Storytelling is a vital part of Irish culture so it was great to be involved in this aspect… Culture works very well with technology – it may seem like an odd partnership but in getting across what is great and interesting about this island, we need to work with the technologies that are in people’s pockets. The downloads will be sold via the navigatour.ie website as well as through local tourist offices and there’s an iPhone application currently in Beta. Of course the hard work is in building up the stories and while the company hopes to replicate the model across Ireland, this could be a great one to partner with in your own locale.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Secret Millionaire London,UK 2006 The Secret Millionaire is a reality television show which originated in the UK , in which millionaires go incognito into impoverished communities and agree to give away tens of thousand of pounds (or hundreds of thousands of dollars in the U.S. version). Members of the community are told the cameras are present to film a documentary. The UK version is produced by the independent production company RDF Media and was created by Stephen Lambert . It first aired in 2006 on the UK's Channel 4 , with further seasons in subsequent years.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Dragons Den Worldwide 2007 Entrepreneurs pitch a dizzying array of ideas from Caribbean spice to Seaweed Liquor to five Dragons. In so doing enterprises are supported by the dragons.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Ghost tour Dublin Let us put you at your unease on Dublin's oldest and best Ghostbus Tour. We will introduce you to the dark romance of a city of gaslight ghosts and chilling legends. The bus itself is a unique attraction, it is a mobile theatre decorated in the gothic style and features a live storyteller who takes you on a spellbinding trip through Dublin. Once onboard, we take advantage of this atmospheric setting to spirit you away to a world of felons, fiends and phantoms and put you in the mood for being both charmed and spooked at the same time. En route you learn the real origins of Dracula and his Dublin born inventor, Bram Stoker. We stop at the College of Physicians to recreate the strange activities of Dr. Clossy, whose spirit is still seen walking the corridors carrying a bucket of human entrails. We visit the site where Walking Gallows, the notorious judge, jury and hangman dispatched his victims in a most gruesome fashion.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Creative Company Conference Haarlem, Netherlands. 2010 On September 14th some 400 professionals in the creative industry and creative entrepreneurs will gather to be part of the third Creative Company Conference. The event is all about creativity in business. This year's programme is excellent with a mixed line-up of International and Dutch speakers discussing topics that really matter: Design Thinking, Service Design, New Business Models for Creative Agencies and Transmedia Storytelling
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Multicultural Storytelling for Literacy Empowerment Harare, Zimbabwe, 2006 MUSTLE Africa uses storytelling and interactive workshops to encourage basic literacy among youth, and to raise awareness of other cultures and social issues. In April 2006, MUSTLE collaborated with Streets Ahead, a project working with street children in Harare, Zimbabwe, to dramatise a Ghanaian Anansi story as part of the Harare International Festival of the Arts. In August 2008, MUSTLE launched "Street Home", a free quarterly newsletter intended for those working in the community development, education, and youth arts fields, and specifically those working with vulnerable children and young people living on the streets. The newsletter will also be a medium through which streetchildren can share their experiences and stories.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Apprentice World wide 2004 The Apprentice is a reality television show that originated in the United States on NBC . Billed as "The Ultimate Job Interview," the show depicts a group of 15-18 businessmen and -women competing in an elimination-style competition for a one-year, $250,000 job of running one of real estate magnate Donald Trump 's companies. The position starts with an introductory one-year contract with a starting yearly salary of $250,000 USD.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City IDP Voices Colombia/Georgia 2006 IDP Voices used personal, participatory dialogue, ICT, and printed material (a book) to provide a "window" on the actual experiences of a group that may not otherwise have had the capacity to share their stories. The core strategy involved enabling people in both Colombia and the Republic of Georgia to see the phenomenon of displacement within a personal context. The idea is that, by looking not only at the displacement, but at the entire cycle of someone's life, a deeper understanding may arise of the impact of displacement.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Invisible Children Uganda and United States 2003 Motivated to raise awareness of "the unseen war" in Northern Uganda, 3 young filmmakers from the United States (US) are using storytelling in an effort to promote international advocacy to sustain the peace process and garner support for programming for those living through the conflict. Invisible Children revolves around a documentary film, an action campaign, and the provision of educational scholarships, mentorship, and the rebuilding of secondary academic institutions. The action campaign includes events held in the US; for example, April 2007's Displace Me used storytelling to personalise the situation of those in northern Uganda. More than 68,000 people in 15 US cities gathered to experience for one night what it was like to be displaced; their voices were heard and actions were seen by national media, members of Congress, the White House, and - hopefully - the international community.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Katha India 1988 Katha has been working since 1988 to help children understand life through stories that link schools back to their communities. It enables 108,000 children living in urban poverty to tell/write/enact/enjoy stories, and through this process access relevant education for all-around development and social inclusion. Katha has found that stories initiate student activism, hone young readers' leadership in ways that spawn community resurgence, and help lift them out of poverty. Stories can inspire appreciation of other cultures and perspectives - which Katha calls vital for a heterogeneous India. "We see translation as a counter-divisive tool. Our quality schools and publishing programmes bring stories to culture-link classrooms, inform our teachers' work and training, and facilitate work with women and communities
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Storybank India 2006 Launched in June 2006 and completed in February 2008, Storybank was an exploration of the power of stories to engage, stimulate, and challenge. The research endeavour, which centred around ethnography work carried out at VOICES and their community radio site in Budikote village, produced a repository of content that captures the essence of local community life, gives insights into their needs, and relates their prior experiences of technology. Cameraphones and digital library software were used to create a short audiovisual story - one that can give voice to people who cannot read and write or use the internet to record and access textual information. A large touch-screen display in the village's community resource centre features the villagers' short stories (up to 6 images and a 2-minute audio track, made on mobile phones donated by Nokia). The stories appear as a dynamic visual collage: groups may watch them together and download them to phones for later viewing.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Mrs. Bush’s Story Time Former First Lady Barbara Bush will host the popular radio series "Mrs. Bush's Story Time" on ABC Radio Networks nationwide for the fifth consecutive year. The one-hour weekly programs feature Mrs. Bush with stage, screen and sports celebrities as well as special cartoon guests reading their favorite children's stories and will be broadcast, beginning Thanksgiving week, on ABC network- affiliated stations. Mel Gibson, Peter Jennings, Kermit, Reba McEntire, Bill Cosby, Cal Ripken, Garfield, Kathie Lee and Regis, Mickey and Minnie, and Oprah Winfrey are some of the stars that have joined the programs in past seasons, and will return again this year. New celebrities include Danny DeVito, Rosie O'Donnell, Lily Tomlin, Kenny Rogers, Dave Barry, Melissa Etheridge, Warren Moon and David Hasselhoff, among others.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Scottish Storytelling Centre Edinburgh, Scotland 2006 The Scottish Storytelling Centre was formally opened on 1 June 2006 by Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Culture in the Scottish Executive . It is the world's first purpose built modern centre for live storytelling. The new building is located on the High Street in Edinburgh 's Royal Mile . The new building replaced the former Netherbow Arts Centre. The Centre also encompasses the adjacent John Knox House . The new building was designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects . The facilities include a 99 seat Storytelling Theatre, an open exhibition on ' Scotland 's Stories', a 'Storytelling Café' and the George Mackay Brown Storytelling Library. It is owned by the Church of Scotland and also incorporates the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office .
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Moth New York 1997- The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon's Island, Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda's porch. After moving to New York, George missed the sense of connection he had felt sharing stories with his friends back home, and he decided to invite a few friends over to his New York apartment to tell and hear stories. Thus the first "Moth" evening took place in his living room. Word of these captivating story nights quickly spread, and The Moth moved to bigger venues in New York. Today, The Moth conducts eight ongoing programs and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to over 100,000 audience members.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Tell a Story in 5 frames Flickr Flickr group that encourages people to take just five photos that can tell some kind of story.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop Roddick opened the first Body Shop with the aim of making an income for herself and her two daughters, Sam and Justine, while her husband was away in South America, with the idea of providing quality skin care products in refillable containers and sample sizes, all marketed with truth rather than hype.(Body and Soul, 1991) She opened her second shop six months later. On her husband's return, he joined the business. By 1991, the Body Shop had 700 branches, and Roddick was awarded the 1991 World Vision Award for Development Initiative
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City John W. Nordstrom, Founder Nordstrom He was born Johan Nordström (later anglicizing it to "John") in the "twin-villages" of Alvik-Ale, near Luleå , Sweden , and 60 miles from the Arctic Circle . Nordstrom's father, a blacksmith , wainwright , and part-time farmer, died when Nordstrom was eight. Three years later, Nordstrom's mother took him out of school to work on the family farm. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 16. Arriving in America with $5 to his name, he worked his way across the continent taking jobs on railways and in mines, lumber camps and shipyards, eventually arriving in Seattle, Washington in 1896. While working at a sawmill he read a newspaper account of the discovery of gold in the Klondike and headed to Alaska to make his fortune. He invested in a claim on Gold Run, but his right to the claim was challenged and a lawsuit was filed. Nordstrom was delighted when another party offered him $30,000 for the claim. He sold it, split the money with his two partners, and returned with his share ($13,000) to the warmer climate of Seattle. n Seattle, Nordstrom attended business school, spent $2,500 building two rental houses on Capitol Hill and decided to join his friend, Carl Wallin, in the shoe business. He and Carl opened Wallin & Nordstrom , a shoe store, at Fourth Avenue and Pike Street in 1901. From that first shoe store grew the Nordstrom retail empire. John Nordstorm retired in 1928 selling his stake to his sons Everett Nordstrom and Elmer Nordstrom . Everett and Elmer also acquired Carl Wallin's share of the company. John's third son Lloyd Nordstrom joined the company as a part owner in 1933. Members of the Nordstrom family still own 20% of Nordstrom Inc and closely supervise the chain.  Ironically John Nordstrom never had a passion for the shoe business, although he continued to show up at the shoe store almost daily into his mid 80s to chat with customers.  His initials (JWN) are used as Nordstroms' ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange .
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert Adams worked closely with telecommunications engineers at Crocker National Bank in San Francisco between 1979 and 1986. Upon joining the organization he quickly entered a management training program after being held at gunpoint twice in four months as a teller .  Over the years his positions included: management trainee, computer programmer , budget analyst, commercial lender, product manager, and supervisor. During presentations to upper management he often turned to his comic creations to add humour.  He studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley . Adams created Dilbert the character during this period; the name came from ex-boss Mike Goodwin.  Dogbert, originally named Dildog, was loosely based on his family's deceased pet beagle Lucy.  Periodic attempts to win publication with Dilbert and non-Dilbert comic panels alike failed, including with The New Yorker and Playboy (not necessarily with the same comics).  However an inspirational letter from Jack Cassady persuaded Adams to keep trying.  He worked at Pacific Bell between 1986 and June 1995, and the personalities he encountered became the inspiration for many of his Dilbert characters. Adams first published Dilbert with United Media in 1989, while still employed at Pacific Bell. He had to draw his cartoons at 4am in order to work a full day at the company. His first pay-check for Dilbert was a monthly royalty check of $368.62.  Gradually Dilbert became more popular, and was published by 100 newspapers in 1991, and 400 by 1994. Adams attributes his success to his idea of including his e-mail address in the panels, thus facilitating feedback from readers.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Bill Gates, Founder of MicroSoft Inc William Henry " Bill " Gates III (born October 28, 1955)  is an American business magnate , philanthropist , author and chairman  of Microsoft , the software company he founded with Paul Allen . He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people  and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third.  During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect , and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock .  He has also authored or co-authored several books.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Jack Welch Ceo of General Electric Jack Welch was born in Salem, Massachusetts to John, a Boston & Maine Railroad conductor, and Grace, a homemaker. Welch attended Salem High School and later the University of Massachusetts Amherst , graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering . While at UMass he was a member of the Alpha chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Welch went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1960. Welch joined General Electric in 1960. He worked as a junior engineer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts , at a salary of $10,500 annually. While at GE, he blew off the roof of the factory, and was almost fired for doing so.  Welch was displeased with the $1,000 raise he was offered after his first year, as well as the strict bureaucracy within GE. He planned to leave the company to work with International Minerals & Chemicals in Skokie, Illinois . Reuben Gutoff, a young executive two levels higher than Welch, decided that the man was too valuable a resource for the company to lose. He took Welch and his first wife Carolyn out to dinner at the Yellow Aster in Pittsfield, and spent four hours trying to convince Welch to stay. Gutoff vowed to work to change the bureaucracy to create a small-company environment. Welch was named a vice president of GE in 1972. He moved up the ranks to become senior vice president in 1977 and vice chairman in 1979. Welch became GE's youngest chairman and CEO in 1981, succeeding Reginald H. Jones . By 1982, Welch had disassembled much of the earlier management put together by Jones.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Ben Cohen, Co-Founder Of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Raised in the town of Merrick on Long Island by his parents Frances and Irving, Cohen first met and befriended his future business partner, Jerry Greenfield , in a junior high school gym class in 1963.  In his senior year, Cohen found work as an ice cream man before heading off to attend Colgate University upstate.  Over the next decade, Cohen pursued his interest in pottery as he mixed further education - Skidmore , the University Without Walls program, the New School , and NYU - with a vast variety of menial labor - gigs as a McDonald's cashier, a Pinkerton guard, a deliverer of pottery wheels, a mop-boy at Jamesway and Friendly's , an assistant superintendent, an ER clerk, and a taxi driver - before eventually settling on work as a craft teacher at a private school for emotionally disturbed adolescents. It was during his three years at the Highland Community School that he began experimenting with making his own ice cream By 1977, Ben had decided to go into the food business with his old friend Jerry Greenfield, and in May of the next year, the two men opened Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream Parlor in Burlington, Vermont . They had initially intended to start a bagel business, but found the equipment costs prohibitive and switched to ice cream instead, choosing Burlington as a location because it was a prominent college town which lacked an ice cream shop.  In part, their distinctive style of ice cream was developed to compensate for Ben's anosmia - his loss of smell and near-loss of taste - as Ben kept adding larger and larger chunks to the ice cream to satisfy his need for texture in food.  Ben & Jerry's became an instant hit in Burlington, drawing crowds with ice creams that mixed fresh local cream and milk with wild new flavors and "large portions of whatever ingredients they felt tasted good on the day of making."  Ben resigned as Chief Executive Officer in 1995.  Ben has not been actively involved with the company since the Unilever acquisition in 2000, apart from his membership on the advisory board.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Ceol Carmel Dunne Carmel is the Founder and Director of Ceol and believes passionately in the provision of early music education for all children, regardless of socio-economic background or learning ability. Ceol began in 1999 to provide music programmes for the children of Ballyfermot, addressing the problem of inadequate music education in schools. Ceol developed its own unique methodology enabling teachers to deliver the music curriculum in a way that reaches every child. It was hugely successful, not only nurturing valuable music skills, it also had huge benefits both in attendance rates and academic achievement amongst the children in this disadvantaged area. This is supported by international research which shows evidence of the links between early music education and academic competencies. Ceol is now rolling out its model to schools throughout the country and has expanded its programmes to include pre-schools. Ceol is working with over 340 educators who teach over 12,000 children, across Ireland, providing teacher training DVDs, lesson plans and resource materials, an on-line Forum and personal training, for primary school teachers. It has been shown to work on many levels, building confidence for teachers who were nervous about teaching many parts of the music curriculum. It is expected that their children will thrive not only in music, but in languages, maths and science also. Ceol aims to target all children, at all pre-primary and primary levels in Ireland enabling a critical mass of Irish children to be musically literate and opening new avenues of opportunity for them. "Ceol aims to complete the education of every child through music"
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City An Cosan 1996 The basic philosophy of the Shanty Education and Training Centre, is underpinned by one belief – that Adult Community Education is an individual and community transformative act, that the social exclusion and poverty experienced by the women and men of our community can be challenged and transformed through education. Women suffer most from poverty and it is here that our educational programmes begin. Our focus is primarily on women and we operate out of feminist pedagogy. This means that we teach in a way that is women-centred and responds to a woman’s specific needs. It has also been proven by research and is reflected in our experience that a woman’s own education is a key factor in motivating her children to stay with their education. Therefore, investment in women’s education is central if we wish to transform poverty in areas of disadvantage. This focus on women does not exclude men. Men are welcome to enrol in most of our classes and do. There are men on our staff, our working groups and on our board.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Lucy’s Coffee and Tea Lucy Bonds admits she was nervous when her quaint little coffee shop on Birmingham’s Southside got a Goliath of a neighbor – Starbuck’s Coffee. Eighteen months later, Lucy’s Coffee & Tea is still going strong, supported by many of the loyal fans who have enabled the shop to celebrate 12 years in business this year. Bonds first gained her love of coffee in 1989 after moving to Seattle, Starbuck’s hometown. The Greensboro native moved back to her home state of Alabama in 1992 and says, “I knew Birmingham was the best place to start a coffee business.” She first started selling coffee from a cart near Tracy’s Cafeteria at University Boulevard and 20th Street South and within three years set up a shop across the street. Bonds credits the “hometown feel” and close presence to UAB for much of her success, along with Birmingham’s reputation as home of several independent coffee shops and two major coffee roasters – Royal Cup and Red Diamond Coffee & Tea. Most small coffee shops would get nervous with a Starbuck’s next door. How have you done it? It was a big challenge having the biggest of the big open next door. But it really has been fine. There has been so much support from the community. I really do believe that people enjoy that small-town, mom and pop approach. The essence of Lucy’s is a feeling of home.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City GIY (Grow It Yourself) Ireland Michael Kelly GIY is on a mission to encourage people from all walks of life and of all ages to grow their own food and to provide them with the practical skills they need to do so successfully. At a local level the organisation establishes GIY groups that get growers together on a regular basis to learn from each other and exchange tips, produce and war-stories. Launched in September 2009, already there are over 70 GIY groups around the country with close to 5000 members. GIY Ireland aims to set up a group in every town in Ireland. Activities include monthly meetings, talks and demos; garden visits, seed and seedling swaps; produce bartering, mentor panels and grower’s meitheals . The word meitheal describes the old Irish tradition of people in rural communities gathering on a neighbour’s farm to help save the hay or some other crop. In the grower’s meitheals, small groups help with a growing-related task in a member’s garden. Membership and meetings are free, and open to people interested in food growing at all levels, for example from growing a few herbs on a balcony to complete self-sufficiency. Founder Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, author and ‘good-lifer’ based in Dunmore East, Co Waterford. “GIY Ireland is about more than growing vegetables – it’s about growing communities.”
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Suas Suas is an ambitious, education-focused social change organisation that supports programmes in Ireland, India & Kenya. Founded in 2002, Suas has grown quickly to become a leading mid-size organisation in development within Ireland. We now employ twelve full-time staff, with an annual budget over €1M. We promote quality education for all by providing short-term volunteers, financial and technical support to our Partner schools in India & Kenya. In Ireland we support young adults to engage with social change through service-learning programmes, thereby developing their team and leadership skills. We are also developing a mentoring programme and a new educational model for Transition Year students to provide project and team-based approach to learning. We view education as key to social transformation – change education and you change the world. Key issues are not just about access but also quality – helping children and young people to go beyond the 3Rs (reading, writing, arithmetic) to realising their full potential to enable them to positively shape their futures and that of their communities and countries. We believe that we need an education system that also develops the 3 Cs: Character, full Capability and Commitment to others. This requires many changes: including a shift from a more instructive based approach to experiential learning within a values-based ethos. We view change and development as a process and see ourselves as a catalyst for change and growth within individuals and organisations. We view leadership as essential and espouse a servant-leader approach, serving the cause and our partners.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Jobcare When Paul Mooney established Jobcare in 1994 the unemployment rate in Ireland was 14.7%, and higher in some areas of inner city Dublin. Paul sought to bring a new type of response to the problem of how unemployment can hit at the heart of an individual. Through skills development, work experience, on-the-job training, and practical support within a caring and encouraging environment the Jobcare team has assisted many people towards not only meaningful employment but also towards changing how they and their communities see themselves. During the years of economic growth in Ireland Paul perceived that one group was being left behind. Ex-offenders were finding little opportunity to re-establish themselves within society. So Paul extended Jobcare’s services to ex-offenders and those preparing to leave prison. Recidivism is a serious problem in Ireland, and studies show that meaningful employment after release from prison can significantly reduce the odds of an individual re-offending. Trasna, a programme of individualized coaching, training and education, along with paid work, provides an opportunity for participants to forge a new path for themselves and their families within their communities. Looking at the participants who have already gone through the programme, Trasna has not only made significant savings for the State in terms of prison costs, it has also cut the re-offending rate for this group of individuals down to less than 10% when the national average is 50%. At a personal level, the lives of these men and women have been transformed and hopes and dreams are becoming a reality - many are now in paid employment, enrolled on college courses, and involved in youth or community work.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Rise Foundation Singer Frances Black set up The RISE Foundation in 2006 to assist families of addicts to understand the nature of the disease of addiction and the profound effects it has on relationships. The idea came to her after she spoke out about her own recovery from addiction, which generated a huge reaction around the country. She was inundated with people looking for help for family members and Frances realised that families in this situation were finding it difficult to find out where to go to access help. This subject being so close to her heart, Frances went back to college to study to be an addiction counsellor and now works with people who are trying to step into recovery from this disease, as well as their families. Through her work, Frances discovered that there was very little awareness about the effects of addiction on families and decided to set up The RISE foundation which now has a working group in Dublin and Belfast. It aims to break the cycle of addiction, to free families from the heartache of a loved one in addiction and to rediscover relationships in families 'lost' to addiction. “I want to change the way people view addiction and to reduce the shame and stigma associated with addiction.”
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Dia Art Foundation The Dia Art Foundation is a non-profit organization that initiates, supports, presents, and preserves art projects. It was established in 1974 by Philippa de Menil, the daughter of Houston arts patron Dominique de Menil  and an heiress to the Schlumberger oil exploration fortune, and art dealer Heiner Friedrich, Philippa's husband; the couple wanted to support projects "whose nature or scale would preclude other funding sources."  The name “Dia,” taken from the Greek word meaning “through,” was chosen to suggest the institution’s role in enabling artistic projects that might not otherwise be realized. Dia holds a major collection of work by artists of the 1960s and 1970s, on view at Dia:Beacon , which opened in the Hudson Valley in 2003. Dia additionally maintains long-term site-specific projects in the western United States , New York City, and on Long Island . Dia’s permanent holdings include artworks by artists who came to prominence during the 1960s and 1970s, including Joseph Beuys , Dan Flavin , Donald Judd , Agnes Martin , and Andy Warhol . The art of this period represented a radical departure in artistic practice and is often large in scale; it is occasionally ephemeral or site-specific. Today, Dia commissions, supports, and presents site-specific installations and long-term exhibitions of work by these artists, as well as those of younger generations.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Artangel Based in London but working across Britain and beyond, Artangel commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists. Over the past two decades, the projects have materialised in a range of different sites and situations and in countless forms of media. Each new project evolves from a singular commissioning process, born from an open-ended conversation with an artist offered the opportunity to imagine something extraordinary. Artangel’s work is powered by the belief that artists are capable of creating visionary works which impact upon the way we view our world, our times and ourselves in unusual and enduring ways. Many Artangel projects are given shape by a particular place and time. They can involve journeys to unfamiliar locations, from underground hangars to abandoned libraries. Or sometimes they can offer unfamiliar experiences in more familiar environments – a terraced house, a department store or daytime television. This open-ended approach to the artistic process has seen Artangel generate some of the most talked-about, contentious and acclaimed art of recent times, including work by Francis Alÿs, Matthew Barney, Jeremy Deller, Douglas Gordon, Roni Horn, Steve McQueen, Michael Landy, Brian Eno, Gregor Schneider, Robert Wilson and Rachel Whiteread.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Car Sharing Douglas McIntosh and Graeme Condie In three years Douglas and Graeme have changed how people travel within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. They have introduced car sharing, the most successful cycle to work scheme in Scotland, annual, monthly and weekly travel tickets and improved facilities to encourage use of sustainable and active travel. Setting a personal example by car-sharing themselves they have made staff and patients think about the sustainability of their travel habits and inspired similar schemes in other NHS boards. Their work has proved that you do not need a big budget to make big changes.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City ‘ Adopt a Street' litter clearance scheme George Niblock has established and manages a community based 'adopt a street' litter clearance scheme which has enlisted over 400 individuals and community group volunteers across Aberdeenshire. His experience is now being sought from community groups and councils across the UK. He has encouraged the local authorities to up their standards in the most effective and economical way by forming volunteer groups throughout Aberdeenshire. He gives freely of his time to assist local community groups apply for and obtain Landfill Tax funding.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Invisible Heating System Henk Verweijmeren Henk is turning roads into giant solar panels to heat buildings through his company Invisible heating System in Ullapool. The technique uses the solar energy generated under black road surfaces to warm water in pipes underneath the road. The project demonstrates how zero carbon heat can be delivered at low cost with the added bonus of reduced need for salt to de-ice the roads in the winter.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Howard Hughes Hughes was one of the weirdest but one of the most innovation entrepreneurs in history. At a young age he acquired his father’s tool company and quickly turned it into the top aviation company on the planet. Without a formal education in engineering, Hughes was able to dream up and help develop some of the most sophisticated aircrafts at the time. His company, Hughes Aircraft provided the government with countless aircrafts and vessels that helped shape the course of combat and travel in America. However reclusive he was, Hughes was simply one of a kind!
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Maxine Clark Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Maxine Clark served as the President and Chief Merchandising Officer at Payless Shoesource, Inc. prior to starting Build-A-Bear Workshop . The company has over 340 stores all over the world and has annual revenues of over $120 million.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City International Cellar Drink @ Fallon & Byrne A group of strangers meet up on occasions to discuss wine over a few drinks of said wine and finger food.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Healing Circle with Aine McGill This circle is for all those interested in healing, come along if you are interested in giving and receiving healing also Anne would like to get together on Friday nights with other healers to send healing to people and places who need it, and share healing among the group. All ideas for healing are welcome by Anne.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The International Sunday Night From the people who brought you The International Comedy Club, a Sunday night where established comics let their hair down and try something new.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City MAKE THE WORLD BETTER A website dedicated to publishing one good news story per day. No story is too big or too small to be put up.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Transition Culture - site Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. He has many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and set up the first 2 year full-time permaculture course in the world , at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission .
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Aspen Institute The Aspen Institute is an internationally acclaimed nonpartisan and nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1950, the Institute has built a strong reputation as an influential space where statesmen, corporate leaders, civic leaders, artists, scientists and scholars come together to discuss the issues and values underlying the most important challenges the world is facing. The Aspen Institute Global Initiative on Culture and Society was created in August 2007. It seeks to build a neutral platform for reflection, network building, policy formulation, leadership development, and resource mobilization in the fields of media, arts, humanities, heritage, and socioeconomic development. The Initiative values and promotes the increasing recognition of the power of artistic and cultural expression to enrich human lives by provoking reflection, stimulating creative solutions to societal challenges, sustaining livelihoods, and illuminating the conditions necessary for social change.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health MLI seeks to strengthen the leadership capacity of Ministries of Health in Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative Realizing Rights was founded in October 2002 by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (1990 - 1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997 - 2002). Our supporters include Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Musimbi Kanyoro
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City World Day of Social Justice 20 February is World Day of Social Justice. The observance of the day should contribute to the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and justice for all.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education The Vancouver-based Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is an embodiment of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama’s life-long commitment to compassion and inner well-being. Founded in 2005 by the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan, the Center is envisioned as a world-class institution, firmly grounded in Vancouver yet present and influential on the global stage. The Center has no religious or political affiliations. It promotes peace through education, personal transformation, and dialogue. The Dalai Lama believes that vital, sustainable communities depend upon many small, individual acts of compassion and helpfulness. By thinking less about ourselves and more about the well-being of others, we enhance our growth and happiness. By helping others, we contribute to the greater good. Along the way, our lives and the lives of others are transformed.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Project Happiness Project Happiness is a nonprofit organization founded on the principle that happiness is a birthright. Their mission is to inspire and empower people to create greater happiness within themselves and in the world. They have produced a documentary and a Happiness Handbook.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Global Oneness Project Since 2006, we've been traveling the globe gathering stories from creative and courageous people who base their lives and work on the understanding that we bear great responsibility for each other and our shared world. Our living library of films is available for free from our website, through select broadcast outlets, and on DVD. Through events and educational materials we offer opportunities for people to deepen their experience with the different facets of oneness we are exploring.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Peace Innovation Peace Innovation believe new technology can give people the power to invent peace in ways never before possible. For example, can you imagine a new way to use Google Maps to promote greater harmony? How about Flickr? or Twitter? or perhaps a combination of these? Led by Dr. BJ Fogg, the Persuasive Technology Lab creates insight into how computing products - from websites to mobile phone software - can be designed to change what people believe and what they do.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Better World Books Buy your books from us and make a difference with your purchase. A portion of the money from each book you buy goes to our nonprofit literacy partners! We've raised over $7 million for over 80 literacy and education nonprofit organizations and libraries, including our 5 major partners, Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, the NCFL, and Invisible Children.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Room to Read: World Change Starts with Educated Children Room to Read believes that World Change Starts with Educated Children. We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world through a focus on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Greenpeace International Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. It comprises 28 independent national/regional offices in over 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, as well as a co-ordinating body, Greenpeace International. Greenpeace exists because this fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City SOUL REBELLION JAMAICA Music and Culture combine to create the Soul Rebellion, the concert series with a cause. Soul Rebellion is the only annual event series of it's kind, presenting two segments, one anchored by the Buy-A-Brick Program at Traveler's Beach Resort, which allows visitors to purchase a block for 100J, you can paint your name or school or slogan on the block, then the block and money are donated to a local school in need of some kind of infrastructural improvement, and presents visitors with the various aspects of Jamaica's rich cultural legacy through food, dance, spoken word performances, and interactions with local school children and cultural ambassadors such as Miss Sonia, Maroons, and Rastafarian groups. At night the event shifts into concert mode, presenting some of Jamaica's hottest reggae and dancehall acts. If you don't know, now you know!
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement- California The Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement is dedicated to increasing awareness, dialogue, and activism around the issues of social and environmental justice. Through collaboration and partnership, the Center provides leadership and opportunities for NDNU and the larger community to develop an enhanced understanding of critical social issues, a deepened sense of civic commitment, and positive social change.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Slow Food Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. To do that, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable. Today, we have over 100,000 members in 132 countries. Good: The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity. Clean: When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity. Fair: We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City myEARTH360.com Founded by environmental advocate Lynn Hasselberger, myEARTH360.com offers eco-friendly products and tips. We support environmental education and a portion of all sales to the National Environmental Education Foundation. http://neefusa.org/ Mission:To inspire others to live an earth-friendlier lifestyle and take action for our children's future and our planet. Check out our I Count for myEARTH blog at http://icountformyearth.wordpress.com/ Products:eco-friendly products. The list is endless, but runs the gamut from the practical to the eco-chic. Just no kitchen sink (although we do have water filtration systems that you can hook up to your kitchen sink).
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Khosla Ventures 2004 Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems where he would serve as CEO & Chairman in the early 1980s and then became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner , Perkins, Caufield & Byers in 1986 where he would remain through the early 2000s. In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures focused on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean In 2004 Khosla formed his own venture capital firm, Khosla Ventures. The firm is based in Menlo Park, California  and manages approximately $1 billion of investor capital as well as investments funded by Khosla himself. In September 2009, Khosla completed fundraising for two new funds, to invest in cleantech and information technology start-ups. Khosla Ventures III secured $750 million of investor commitments to invest in traditional early stage and growth stage companies. Khosla also raised $250 million for Khosla Seed, which will invest in higher-risk opportunities. In May 2010 it was announced that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was to join Khosla Ventures to provide strategic advice regarding investments in environmentally friendly or helpful techno
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Love letters to the Future Produced by the Emmy® Award winning production company Xenophile Media in Toronto, Love Letters to the Future is a project designed to raise awareness about climate change. Imagine what generations in the future will think of us if we don't do anything about climate change. And then try to imagine that future differently. What would you say to a generation 100 years from now? The project is collecting video love letters to the future from the public, and is also collecting filmed statements from those in remote locations, such as Raratonga, and the Soloman and Cook Islands, who are most effected by climate change. A time capsule being built in Toronto will preserve the 100 best messages uploaded to www.loveletterstothefuture.com , as voted on by the public. It will be sealed in December, to be re-opened on December 13, 2109. To ensure our love letters are still around 100 years from today, they will be stored using Monolith™ cards, a technology incorporating analog and digital data pioneered by the Imaging and Media Lab at the University of Basel. The project's goal is to collect a critical mass of love letters and present them to the world at a live event during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in mid-December. A selection of the best time-capsule messages will be projected at the live event and read out by a (soon-to-be-revealed!) celebrity. Anyone can be a part of this project! Create your love letter to the future – as a video, image or 140 character text – and upload it to: www.loveletterstothefuture.com
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Hunch Hunch is a website, designed as a collective intelligence decision-making system that uses decision trees to make decisions based on users' interest. Hunch is building the 'taste graph' for the internet, mapping every person to every entity — and their affinity for that entity. The system asks users a series of questions about a topic to help weigh the options. Upon completion of the questions, the user is presented with results, where he or she can agree or disagree with the results to help "train" the system. Users can also add pros and cons about results. Hunch was launched publicly on June 15, 2009, and since then has been fully open and available to the public.  The website has reached a total worldwide site traffic of 1.2 million unique visitors in February 2010. Hunch was co-founded by Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake  with an 11-person team of MIT graduates.  The company is located in New York City.  On December 7, 2009, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales announced that he will be joining Hunch.com as Board Member and advisor.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Third Age Foundation Meath, Ireland To provide a medium through which the abilities, skills and experience of our meminterface with the statutory and commercial sectors and develop a more holistic bers can find expression To response to the needs of older people. To integrate and harmonise all elements across the social spectrum and increase the vibrancy and quality of life in our village To harness, stimulate and continue to revitalise the resource that older people represent
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City World Community Grid World Community Grid's mission is to create the world's largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity. Our work has developed the technical infrastructure that serves as the grid's foundation for scientific research. Our success depends upon individuals collectively contributing their unused computer time to change the world for the better. World Community Grid is making technology available only to public and not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required in the absence of a public grid. As part of our commitment to advancing human welfare, all results will be in the public domain and made public to the global research community.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Exploratorium San Francisco The Exploratorium isn’t just a museum, it’s an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception—a vast collection of online interactives , web features, activities , programs and events that feed your curiosity.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Hunger Site At The Hunger Site, we turn simple clicks into food for the hungry! By giving 100% of our sponsor advertising monies to America's Second Harvest and Mercy Corps, we're able to turn a viewer's click into 1.1 cups of staple food. Visit our site every day and click the button ... ITS FREE! And don't forget to tell your friends.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Ecology Fund EcologyFund is owned and operated by The Hunger Site Network as a way to get new funds for critical habitat and wilderness preservation using the power of the internet. When you "click to give" our sponsors pay the project you selected to preserve the number of square feet shown by each project. You pay nothing. To maximize the contribution, click on each project every day . If you register , The Hunger Site Networkwill donate 500 square feet of wilderness in your name, and will keep a running tally for you of all the land you have preserved. Other sites owned and operated by The Hunger Site Network are The Hunger Site , The Breast Cancer Site , The Rainforest Site , The Animal Rescue Site , and GreaterGood.com .
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Goodshop In September 2007, GoodSearch launched an online shopping mall called GoodShop. The company has affiliations with more than 1,300 online retailers including Amazon , Target , Staples , eBay , Best Buy and Apple . A percentage of each purchase, as indicated on the GoodShop site, is donated to the user's designated charity or school.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Tsunami Alarm System Everywhere in the world for coastal residents, tourists, business travelers and organizations. Your mobile phone becomes a reliable Tsunami Alert System . In case of Tsunami danger, all registered users will receive information about the region, risk level, affected areas, measures to be taken and all-clear signals. Subscribe to the Tsunami Alarm System and you will receive Tsunami alerts reliably and in time on your mobile phone wherever in the world you have GSM coverage.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Google PowerMeter Google PowerMeter is a free energy monitoring tool that allows you to view your home's energy consumption from anywhere online
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City GoodSearch GoodSearch is a Yahoo -powered search engine that donates 50% of its revenue, about a penny per search, to listed American charities and schools designated by its users. The money donated comes from the site's advertisers. Users can designate which of the selected charities their searches benefit and also see how much money and how many searches have been performed on behalf of each charity. As an example, as of April 2010 the ASPCA has earned $32,000, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has earned $13,000 and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has earned $12,000. Features of the site that change several times per week include the "Charity of the Day" which highlights a particular charity's logo with a click through to their website and "Success Stories" which highlight the amount of money donated to particular charities. In the Who's Doing Good section of the site, a number of celebrities including Jessica Biel , Montel Williams , Jeff Bridges and Emily Deschanel have created videos promoting GoodSearch and the cause they care about.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Guinness Enterprise Centre Dublin The Guinness Enterprise Centre is a dynamic community of high potential businesses. The centre is a hub of entrepreneurial enterprises and business and investment support services. The Guinness Enterprise Centre is located close to the Guinness Storehouse off Thomas Street, close to the Luas Line, Heuston Station and Motorway. Total floor area is 6,000 square metres with enterprise space for 70+ businesses, four conference rooms, café and reception. The centre is suitable to a wide range of businesses but in particular multi media, software development for mobile phone, computers, games, tourist and all international traded services. The centre offers a range of services these include high-spec telecommunications and internet connectivity, supported by wireless connection. The Guinness Enterprise Centre also offers a virtual office facility for companies that require an address without the expense of office space. Business support is available to all clients of the Guinness Enterprise Centre. In addition, clients are encouraged to participate in our extensive network of business and commercial events and contacts.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The PlayStation Hub The PlayStation Hub is open at 50 South William Street from Friday, 17 September, until Sunday, 14 November. It gives gamers the chance to experience the new PlayStation Move motion controller for the PlayStation 3, along with a range of other PS3 gaming releases for free. The premises has been kitted out with six demo areas dedicated to PlayStation Move and a separate gaming zone where gamers can preview some of the PS3’s new game releases.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Facebook Facebook is a social networking website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.,  with more than 500 million  active users in July 2010, which is about one person for every fourteen in the world.  [N 1] Users can add people as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by workplace, school, or college.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City vimeo Vimeo is a video-centric social networking site (owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp ) which launched in November 2004. The site supports embedding , sharing, video storage, and user-commenting on each video page. Users must register to upload content. Registered users may also create a profile and upload small user pictures as their avatars , comment and "like" videos. Vimeo does not allow commercial videos, gaming videos, pornography, or anything not created by the user to be hosted on the site.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Camelot Guardian Scheme Set up in Holland to combat the serious threat of squatting, Camelot installed a number of pre vetted, key workers known as Guardians to live in these properties under a license rather than a tenancy. This way the property was protected by virtue of being occupied preventing it from being squatted in; while the license ensured that neither the building owner nor the Guardian were tied to each other for longer than the initial three-month agreement.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Dublin Bus Community Support The Dublin Bus Community Support Programme was launched in December 2003 as a way of recognising the valuable work done by local charities and voluntary groups based across the Dublin Bus service network. Under the programme, Dublin Bus awards grants to groups in the amounts of €5,000, €2,000, and €1,000. The grants are funded from long-term unclaimed change receipts. Any group that is located within the Dublin Bus service network- including Greystones, Kilcock and Clonee can apply for funding. Successful applicants last year included; Dublin 17 School Completion Programme, CARI (Children At Risk in Ireland), Headstrong, C.R.Y (Cardiac Risk in Youth), Pieta House, Depaul Ireland, Choices Befriending the Elderly Service, Tallaght Deaf Club and Dyspraxia Association of Ireland.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Unseen Tours Homeless people in London are now finding employment as tour guides , giving visitors a unique perspective on the city's streets and monuments. The program was the brainchild of volunteers of Sock Mob , a local group that brings clean socks, food supplies and friendship to London's homeless. Group organizers received a small grant from an organization that funds social entrepreneurship to launch Unseen Tours . After three months of training, four homeless guides now take groups of tourists on regular excursions throughout the city. The guides get to keep most of the cash fees the participants pay to take the tour, helping them to secure an income for food, and eventually, housing.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Merrionstreet.ie MerrionStreet.ie is a brand new service. To give it its full title, MerrionStreet.ie the Irish Government News Service, is intended to give people a view of Government from the vantage point of Government Buildings itself. It will bring together on one website, a view of Government not seen before. We hope it will be of value to a citizen, to a journalist or to any interested party. In simple terms, MerrionStreet.ie will review the wide range of government activity and then report certain key events as news. All government press releases will be accessible from our website – either by way of RSS feed or by way of links to all government departments. But our central task will be to take a variety of events and report on them objectively, in the language of a news bulletin. We will also feature ‘Issues’ where useful thematic information, not tied to a particular date, is presented .
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Debategraph Debategraph is a web-based, collaborative idea visualization tool, focusing on complex public policy issues. It has been used by the White House , the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office ,the Amanpour series on CNN , and The Independent newspaper and was named as one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians in 2010. Debategraph is a social venture operating under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Information is Beautiful Book by David McCandless A visual guide to the way the world really works Every day, every hour, every minute we are bombarded by information - from television, from newspapers, from the internet, we're steeped in it, maybe even lost in it. We need a new way to relate to it, to discover the beauty and the fun of information for information's sake. No dry facts, theories or statistics. Instead, Information is Beautiful contains visually stunning displays of information that blend the facts with their connections, their context and their relationships - making information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful. This is information like you have never seen it before - keeping text to a minimum and using unique visuals that offer a blueprint of modern life - a map of beautiful colour illustrations that are tactile to hold and easy to flick through but intriguing and engaging enough to study for hours.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Saying 'Thanks' to bus drivers Considered by many to be uniquely Irish is the way we greet and thanks our bus drivers .
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Coddle Coddle (sometimes Dublin Coddle ) is an Irish dish consisting of layers of roughly sliced pork sausages and rashers (thinly sliced, somewhat fatty back bacon) with sliced potatoes , and onions . Traditionally, it can also include barley . Coddle is traditionally associated with Dublin , Ireland . It was reputedly a favourite dish of Seán O'Casey and Jonathan Swift , and it appears in several Dublin literary references including the works of James Joyce . The dish is semi- boiled , and semi- steamed in the stock produced by boiling the rashers and sausages. Some traditional recipes favour the addition of a small amount of Guinness to the pot, but this is very rare in modern versions of the recipe. The dish should be cooked in a pot with a well-fitting lid in order to steam the ingredients left uncovered by water. The only seasoning is usually salt , pepper , and occasionally parsley . It could be considered a comfort food in Ireland, and is inexpensive, easy to prepare and quick to cook. It is often eaten in the winter months. In the days when Catholics were not supposed to eat meat on Fridays, this was a meal often eaten on Thursdays as it allowed a family to use up any remaining sausages or rashers.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Dubliners The Dubliners are an Irish folk band founded in 1962.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The Liffey Swim The Liffey Swim is an annual race in Dublin 's main river, the Liffey and is one of Ireland's most famous traditional sporting events. Swim Ireland organises the event and it is managed by volunteers. The race is the penultimate event in a season of 26 open water races held during the summer months and is held on a Saturday in either late August or early September. Entrants to the Liffey Swim must complete five races of the season to qualify. Many levels and ages of swimmers compete in the race, but entrants must be a member of a swimming club and be able to swim a mile. International competitors are common. The race is handicapped with the slowest swimmers starting first and the fastest last.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City The 40 Foot The Forty Foot is a promontory on the southern tip of Dublin Bay at Sandycove , County Dublin , Ireland , where people have swum in the Irish Sea all year round for some 250 years In former times it was kept solely as a gentlemen's bathing place and the gentlemen's swimming club was established to help conserve the area. Due to its isolation and gender-specific nature it became a popular spot for nudists , but in the 1970s during the women's liberation movement, a group of female equal-rights activists plunged into the waters, now it is open to women and children as well. The gentlemen's swimming club still exists and is open to both genders, it expects voluntary contributions to the upkeep of the area. There is no definite explanation for the origin of the name. It has been speculated that it may have been called the Forty Foot after the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot (now known as the Black Watch ), a regiment of the British Army , which is said to have been stationed here. Other suggestions forwarded include the depth of the water (actually less than 40 feet) and the width of the road leading to the bathing place.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Croke Park Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic Games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City O’Donoghue’s O'Donoghue's has a rich heritage and stands on a very historical site in Dublin City. Yet it's more modern musical history is really the stuff of legends. Ask any Irish man to name the artists or bands that have shaped Irish traditional and contemporary music and The name of the Dubliners always comes up. Christy Moore and the Dubliners have spent many a memorable night entertaining Dublin's music lovers in our bar. It is this spirit that is kept alive by today's musicians who play amongst an array of drawings and photos of Irish musicians that adorn the walls of O'Donoghue's.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Grafton Street Dublin's most popular and upmarket shopping street.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Moore Street vendors Many Dubliners have a great affection for Moore Street, and especially its vendors. The market there is considered to be a famous landmark on the northside of the city. The most famous product for sale is fruit and the people who work at the stalls have a reputation for being witty and friendly. They and their stalls are considered to be a Dublin institution, and they speak in a strong Dublin accent, jokingly called 'Dublinese'.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City TALES OF MEDIEVAL DUBLIN The Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council are pleased to announce the launch of TALES OF MEDIEVAL DUBLIN, a new monthly lunchtime lecture series, exploring the lives of seven different and fascinating inhabitants of Medieval Dublin. The lectures are themed around the tales of individuals from Dublin's history including an early abbot, a Viking skeleton, an Dublin merchant, an outlaw, a heretic, a wife and a knight.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Fashion NA Fashions play an important role in shaping a cities perception to an outside observer.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Metro signs The Paris transport authority, the RATP, has finally recognised it has an extraordinary artistic heritage in its care. The remaining art nouveau entrances to Paris Metro stations are to be dismantled and lovingly restored, at a cost of pounds 1.4m, over two years and rebuilt on their original sites.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Paris Plage The summer transforms Paris. The cityscape dons greenery and the riverside thoroughfares become car-free resorts. The Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) operation kicks off on or around 20 July and lasts four weeks. It began in 2002.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Ikea in the Paris metro From 10 through 24 March 2010, IKEA is providing great installations at four metro stations in Paris. Last year the home products retailer organized a similar campaign in Lyon, and this time the company is surprising Parisians and guests of the capital by creating a warm spot just in the middle of the busy place. IKEA invites passengers to sit and rest on one of the sofas in a cozy environment. It’s simple to make yourself at home wherever you are with the help of IKEA.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Visit Britain Visit Britain, the tourism agency, has done some great work in building up a special and freely accessible photo library that captures the essence of personality and place.
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Horses in the city The horse market at Smithfield, Dublin takes place on the first Sunday of every month. People come from all over Ireland to trade horses and equipment. It's absolute chaos, with young kids galloping across the cobbles on distressed looking ponies, horses whinnying, gardai chasing jaunting cars on their bicycles. A big part of the horse scene involves the keeping of animals, by Dublin urban youth, in gardens or public areas. The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that the market facilitates the sale of horses to under-16s, who are then unable - or unwilling to look after them. Amongst the dozens of horses visible, I did see a couple of examples of cruelty - the most obvious one of all was by an elderly man, kicking his pony in the stomach for no apparent reason. There's talks by Dublin City Council of moving the market out of the city - as Smithfield becomes increasingly gentrified, the more urbane of the urban dwellers in the surrounding apartments are apparently unimpresssed with the smell of horse shit once a month!
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City Molly Malone The song tells the fictional tale of a beautiful fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of a fever. The name " Molly " originated as a familiar version of the names Mary and Margaret . While many such "Molly" Malones were born in Dublin over the centuries, no evidence connects any of them to the events in the song.   Nevertheless, in 1988 the Dublin Millennium Commission endorsed claims concerning a Molly Malone who died on 13 June 1699, and proclaimed 13 June to be "Molly Malone day".  In fact the song is not recorded earlier than 1883, when it was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts .  It was also published by Francis Brothers and Day in London 1884 as a work written and composed by James Yorkston, of Edinburgh, with music arranged by Edmund Forman. The London edition states that it was reprinted by permission of Kohler and Son of Edinburgh, implying that the first edition was in Scotland, though no copies of it have been located.  According to Siobhán Marie Kilfeather the song is from the music hall style of the period, and while one cannot wholly dismiss the possibility that it is "based on an older folk song", "neither melody nor words bear any relationship to the Irish tradition of street ballads." She describes the story of the historical Molly as "nonsense".
07/10/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City U2 U2 are a rock band from Dublin , Ireland. The group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). The band formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed to Island Records and released their debut album Boy . By the mid-1980s, they had become a top international act. They were more successful as a live act than they were at selling records, until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree ,which, according to Rolling Stone , elevated the band's stature "from heroes to superstars".
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