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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 →

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 →

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 →

Knitting together: CRC annual conference

Knitting together: CRC annual conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 28 September 2015 As Chair of the Community Relations Council, Peter Osborne, welcomed delegates to their annual policy and practice conference at Stormont Hotel, Belfast, he explained the event... Continue Reading →

Art opens up community imagination

Art opens up community imagination Peace Building and the Arts: An Imagine Belfast Festival discussion by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 11 March 2015 As part of the Imagine Belfast Festival, the Northern Ireland Foundation and Forum for Cities... Continue Reading →

A festival photobook

As part of the Ulster Festival of Art & Design at Ulster University, I dropped in on a 30-minute photobook lab. Inside a pop-up style workspace on the ground floor of the Belfast campus were a few tables strewn with... Continue Reading →

“Don’t see migrant community as ‘them and us'”: High Sheriff of Belfast

“Don’t see migrant community as ‘them and us'”: High Sheriff of Belfast by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 6 March 2015 "Don't see migrant community as 'them and us'": High Sheriff of Belfast At a launch event for a... Continue Reading →

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