Here’s to the Crazy Ones

I had the honour recently to speak to the closing celebration for the “LEAD the Change” United Youth pilot.  This was the combined group that formed out of the closure of Public Achievement and Achieve Enterprises, and was part of the Northern Ireland Executive’s United Youth pilot as part of its Together Building a United … Continue reading Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Keep Them Up or Knock Them Down are Not The Only Options

It is 25 years - a full generation - since the Berlin Wall came down.  It was an incredible moment in the history of Europe and I remember hoping that it wouldn’t be long before our walls came down as well. As we wait to see whether the Northern Ireland political parties can deliver a … Continue reading Keep Them Up or Knock Them Down are Not The Only Options

Well Alex, You Might Be Missing the Point!

Alex Kane is a well respected and thoughtful commentator.  I enjoy his articles, blogs and tweets (@alexkane221b).  However I was very disappointed by his recent Newsletter article on votes at 16.  He has challenged young people in our WIMPS (Where Is My Public Servant?) project to a debate on the issue, and personally - I … Continue reading Well Alex, You Might Be Missing the Point!

You Could Take the Blacker View, But I am With Cheer

Two very different articles about young people caught my eye today.  One was from an author of Children’s books - Terence Blacker writing in the Independent.  The other was a commentary from a chief constable, covered in a story in the Guardian by Alan Travis. You might be intrigued to know this, but I was … Continue reading You Could Take the Blacker View, But I am With Cheer