THE IDEAS COLLECTIVE
Climate change, forced migration, gender inequality, poverty – these are some of the greatest challenges of this generation, and we can’t wait around for someone else to tackle them. Now is the time to act!
Are you eager to make a difference but not sure where to start? Have you already started taking action and need a boost? We’re as passionate about creating change as you are, and have the experience and expertise to help you make a real difference!
HOW IT WORKS
The Ideas Collective is a collaborative and creative space for you to come up with great ideas that could change the world! Over the course of three weekends this summer, 30 students and young people aged 18-25 will join our expert trainers to explore how together we can address global injustice and inequality.
You will learn about important global issues, brainstorm ideas for change, and develop the skills and strengths you need to create a project that could make a real difference in the world. You will create your own individual or group action project that contributes to making a positive social or environmental change. It could be almost anything – an event, a website, a product or service, a campaign, a business.
Interested in taking part in 2020? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved.
AT THE TRAINING...
- We use interactive learning methods to explore the issues and identify the problem you want to solve.
- We use creative and innovative approaches to help you develop your idea for action.
- We create a dynamic collective who support each other to bring ideas to life.
Between the training weekends you’ll also spend four hours each week on your project and have the support of a dedicated coach.
BY THE END OF THE SUMMER...
You will have:
- Taken a major step in creating a project that makes a difference to the lives of others.
- Developed a project that you can grow to become your own business, and/or a great experience to put on your CV.
- Gained valuable skills that set you apart, including design thinking, networking, communication and creativity.
- Be part of a supportive group of like-minded people and have a network help to develop your project into the future.
- The chance pitch your idea at The Ideas Collective Showcase in November 2019.
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PARTICIPANT STORIES 2019
The Nu Wardrobe
In 2015 Aisling and Ali came to us with their idea for Nu. – now an award-winning, innovative fashion community that seeks a sustainable, ethical alternative to the fast fashion industry. After spending the summer of 2013 in India with the Suas Volunteer Programme, Ali and Aisling were appalled by the poor working conditions of many garment workers there. They set up Nu. to create a community of people who believe there is a better way, a way of dressing that doesn’t harm our planet and doesn’t exploit millions of workers.
All Ireland Student Activist Network
Nils, Aine, Jessie and Deirdre knew that young people wanted to get involved with campaigning but lacked opportunities to share resources and experience. So they created a national network of young people, offering training and support to activists involved in environmental and social justice campaigns.
Caoimhe and Mary wanted to tackle the reproductive rights issues surrounding the 8th Amendment. During the 8th Amendment campaigning in Ireland, Everyday Stories became a story and illustration project with regular events around Ireland and received national and international press coverage.
Just Cook Galway
Siri wanted to set up a project at the crossroads of environmental sustainability, community development, and health and nutrition. She set up Just Cook to change the way students think about food through her website, cooking meetups and events.
Gaby was frustrated by the amount of single-use plastic we consume and thrown away. She spotted an international project called Precious Plastic and decided to bring it to Ireland. The project aims to recycle plastic locally using open source machines and offers educational workshops for children and young people.
Welcome Refugees: Education for All
Deirdre came to The Ideas Collective to challenge the issue that third-level education is totally out of reach for young asylum seekers living in Direct Provision in Ireland. In 2017 she set up the STAR Society in DIT to advocate for scholarships for young people in DP and to raise money to support their other costs.