Let's work together to make our communities thrive!
On this podcast we talk to change makers in government, business, academia and non-profits who share their perspectives, insights, and best practices on building resilient, sustainable and equitable communities locally and globally.
If you are looking to maximise the impact of your work in social innovation, community innovation, social enterprise, economic development, sustainable development or corporate social responsibility/innovation, this podcast is for you!
EPISODE 1 - Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute
In this episode Fiona Descoteaux, CEO of Innovate Communities talks with Paul Born the co-CEO and co-founder of Tamarack Institute for community engagement. Paul speaks in detail about how collaborative strategies that engage citizens, institutions, business and government work successfully together to tackle major community issues across Canada and beyond.
- Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute - Collaborating to solve major community issues across Canada and beyond
EPISODE 2 - Dr Donagh Horgan
In this episode Dr Donagh Horgan speaks with CEO of Innovate Communities, Fiona Descoteaux about his awareness at a young age of societal inequalities that existed, the resulting career path and how we can develop our economic systems to succeed in building resilient, sustainable and equitable communities by collaborating with each other and ultimately working together.
- Dr Donagh Horgan is an architect-academic and development consultant specialising in social innovation, community resilience and placemaking.
EPISODE 3 - John Hannigan
In this episode John Hannigan, CEO of Circle Voluntary Housing Association speaks with CEO of Innovate Communities, Fiona Descoteaux about company growth, his talented and committed team and board, and together with others how they are working to alleviate the systemic housing crisis in Ireland
- John Hannigan, CEO of Circle Voluntary Housing Association - working to alleviate the systemic housing crisis in Ireland.
EPISODE 4 - Roger Warnock
In this episode Fiona Descoteaux, CEO of Innovate Communities talks to Roger Warnock, Founder and CEO of Zano Collective. Roger speaks about the importance of the collective in systems change, and outlines how there is still a considerable challenge facing us to form and facilitate the multisector partnerships required to solve our wicked problems. Enjoy the show!
- Roger Warnock of Zano Collective - Multisector partnerships are required to solve our wicked problems
EPIDODE 5 - Pauline Gannon
In this episode our CEO Fiona Descoteaux talks with Pauline Gannon, Pauline is the Co-founder and Director of Impact of Social Impact Ireland. She talks about her journey to create a more equal and balanced world, a world that brings a sense of fairness, equality, justice and finally, positive impact to those people and their communities.
- Pauline Gannon, Pauline is the Co-founder and Director of Impact of Social Impact Ireland. Now is our time to create a more equal and balanced world...and we are doing it!
EPISODE 6 - Dr Andrew Forde
In this episode Fiona Descoteaux, CEO of Innovate Communities, talks with the fascinating Dr Andrew Forde. Andrew talks passionately about the formative moment in his career which set him on a journey to study human rights, taking him across Europe before arriving back in Ireland to commence a prominent position in the Department of Rural and Community Development. He discusses the great privilege he has to help and implement national policy, particularly in the context of rural and social enterprise development. He notes the special duty he and his colleagues in the public sector have to build in systems and processes that draw in different voices across community to co-create policy and stipulates the critical importance of working together across society to achieve this. Fundamentally Andrew believes we need to be working together, we need to be working for a society based on equality, on non-discrimination, on cohesion not inclusion, and sincerely believes that they are building blocks for thriving societies, for societies that just do better.
Enjoy the show
- Dr. Andrew Forde, Department of Rural and Community Development - All voices must be heard to create effective policy
EPISODE 7 -Dr Lucas Olmedo
In this episode Fiona Descoteaux, CEO of Innovate Communities, talks Dr Lucas Olmedo a Sociologist/Researcher at University College Cork. Lucas shares his work in three critical policy areas being developed in Ireland; rural development, social enterprise and social innovation. He begins by detailing his journey to becoming a sociologist, he talks about his research in rural social enterprise which informs policy recommendations for the National Social Enterprise Policy 2019 – 2022 and he outlines his work mapping national stakeholder approaches to supporting social innovation (as part of the FUSE project led by Genio and Rethink Ireland) for the implementation of a National Social Innovation Competency Centre.
- Dr Lucas Olmedo on rural social enterprise and the National Social Enterprise Policy 2019 – 2022
EPISODE 8 - Dr. Tom Doyle
In the final episode of our first series, Fiona Descoteaux, CEO of Innovate Communities chats with Dr. Tom Doyle, the Social Innovation Manager of the organisation. They reflect on the different conversations with guests during the series and the big question which is about making real and necessary sustainable change within communities, solving the biggest problems.
It starts with people sharing their lived experiences through their stories and then having the system in place to bring all of the stakeholders together with open minds. An open mind, with an open heart and open will can make real change happen.
We hope you enjoyed the series!
- Dr. Tom Doyle of Innovate Communities : Community Change through storytelling and systems