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Digitising the peace process

Digitising the peace process by Allan LEONARD for Northern Ireland Foundation 1 September 2016 “You have to go to the archives!” an academic supervisor once advised me. At the time, this meant physically traveling to where the precious documents were... Continue Reading →

The primacy of dialogue: Michael Doherty

The primacy of dialogue: Michael Doherty by Allan LEONARD for Forum for Cities in Transition 2 September 2016 The refurbished premise of the Holywell Trust was the venue for a lunchtime conversation about the Maiden City’s involvement with the Forum... Continue Reading →

Changing the conversation with e-petitions in Northern Ireland

As part of the Xchange Summer School, Mairaid McMahon announced the launch of e-petitions in Northern Ireland, which is scheduled to appear on the Northern Ireland Assembly website in September 2016. She described the shortcomings of the current system of... Continue Reading →

Transformation through collaboration: Foster

Transformation through collaboration: Foster The Harri Holkeri lecture: Women, leadership and peacebuilding by Allan LEONARD 23 May 2016 First Minister for Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster MLA, was the guest speaker at the fourth annual Harri Holkeri lecture series, on this... Continue Reading →

Living the stroke experience: NIMAST 2016

I was part of a five-member panel of stroke survivors and carers who presented short stories of our perspectives, to an audience of delegates at the fifth Northern Ireland conference organised between the Northern Ireland Multidisciplinary Association for Stroke Teams... Continue Reading →

Review: Une Visit chez Magritte (Duane Michals)

René Magritte was the first artist that I identified with -- particularly his sense of humour yet thought provoking presentations of surrealism. One of my favourites paintings of his -- and one of his more famous ones -- is Ceci... Continue Reading →

Surrendering one’s identity to the internet: Home Instruction Manual

What happens when you ask an online chat room how to make a home? In an interview-style format with about 50 people attending, Belfast Exposed Curator Ciara Hickey asked artist Jan McCullough to share her journey. Home Instruction Manual is... Continue Reading →

Bringing our own lens: Visualising conflict in Palestine

Bringing our own lens: Visualising conflict in Palestine by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 15 March 2016 The rear room at Common Grounds Cafe was the venue for a display of three types of imagery -- participatory, documentary, and... Continue Reading →

Listening to the pschogeography of Belfast

One of the final events of the Four Corners Festival was a discussion on what was described as the psychogeography of the city of Belfast. A panel of four -- with one connected via a video call -- ruminated on... Continue Reading →

#MyAngle

#MyAngle Be the Change: A creative workshop by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 21 January 2016 At a creative workshop entitled “Be the Change”, hosted by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (CDPB), in partnership with Twitter, over... Continue Reading →

John Hume: Irish peacemaker. Discuss.

John Hume: Irish peacemaker. Discuss. by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 15 December 2015 Sean Farren and Denis Haughey have edited a new book, John Hume: Irish Peacemaker, published by Four Courts Press. As part of this book launch,... Continue Reading →

Hope must lie with the children of Israel/Palestine

Hope must lie with the children of Israel/Palestine: Professor Padraig O’Malley talk at Queen’s University Belfast by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 21 October 2015 Professor Padraig O’Malley gave a bleak prognosis of the Israel/Palestine peace negotiations, calling the... Continue Reading →

Launch of #CivilSocietyNetwork

Launch of #CivilSocietyNetwork by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 2 October 2015 Just a few days before the event, an email was sent to people across the voluntary, community and business sectors, inviting all to the launch of the... Continue Reading →

A lexicon of conflict: Paul Seawright exhibition “Things Left Unsaid”

A lexicon of conflict: Paul Seawright exhibition “Things Left Unsaid” by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 1 October 2015 On the surface, the images shown in Paul Seawright’s work, “Things Left Unsaid”, are just a series of American television... Continue Reading →

Freeing up peace impasse with WD-40

Freeing up peace impasse with WD-40: The David Stevens Memorial Lecture by Rev. Harold Good by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 1 October 2015 At the third annual David Stevens Memorial Lecture, the Rev. Harold Good used a physical... Continue Reading →

Forgive for the sake of the future?

Forgive for the sake of the future? A lecture by Duncan Morrow by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 29 September 2015 As part of the Community Relations Week programme, a former Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council, Dr... Continue Reading →

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