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Inspiring local leadership to embrace innovation: Presentations from An Cosán VCC Community Partner Forum

An Cosán Virtual Community College (An Cosán VCC) with the support of EPALE Ireland held its third annual "Community Partner Forum" on Wednesday 29th of May in NDRC, Dublin 8.

These presentations are from this Forum and address the theme of "Inspiring local leadership to embrace innovation" and include three presentations from organisers of inovative community and social entreprenueship projects from throughout Ireland. 

Dr. Senan Cooke of Dunhill Rural Enterprises was awarded a PhD from DCU in 2006 through his research on the challenge of educational disadvantage in a knowledge economy. Since then, he has served on numerous task forces related to social enterprise and rural development, and he has been involved in setting up seven social enterprises. Senan co-founded Communities Creating Jobs (CCJ), a national voluntary shared learning network that helps communities tap into the resources available to them, so they can generate their own jobs. His work with CCJ formed the basis for his second book, The Enterprising Community, published in 2018. This book will give readers a bottom up perspective on the capacity of both urban and rural communities to regenerate themselves. 

Tracy Keogh is the co-founder of Grow Remote, a community project bridging the gap between remote work and local impact in rural areas. She is a global facilitator with Techstars Startup Weekend tapping into startup ecosystems across Europe.

Máirín Ó Cuireáin is Executive Director of Robert Emmet Community Development Project (CDP) since 2008 working in Dublin’s South West Inner City.  Máirín and her team work at the grass roots in the community delivering after school programmes, programmes with migrant women, environmental programmes and programmes with other community groups. The team at Robert Emmet CDP also work to build capacity with individuals and groups in the community to respond to issues and problems which may prevent the local community from thriving.  The project also founded a social enterprise in 2018 “In Our Shoes Walking Tours” and are key members of a local community network CORN (Community Organisations and Residents Associations Network). The Network is currently developing of a 'Community Stakeholder Mapping Project’ to include all members of the Network in Dublin 8 which is embrace technology, to show local impact and interconnections and contribute to the sustainability of this strong inner-city community.  

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Dr. Senan Cooke, Tracy Keogh, Máirín Ó Cuireáin
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