A Hashtag Can

Hashtag Symbol   Have you entered the Twittersphere? A number of brave and creative people are jumping into Twitter and throwing a hashtag party for fun and more. So many hashtags bringing people together to share and support, and grow personally or professionally…to cite but a few examples:  #irishbizparty, #irishtechparty, #twiznight, #firstfortnight, #irishfictionfortnight…the list will continue to evolve, just as Twitter has and will.

People using the virtual space to make real-life communities that directly impact the personal and business lives of many. It’s an open invitation to throw your Twitter hat in the mix, and lend or receive some support. Get yourself a @handle, and maybe one day your hashtag can ripple through the Twittersphere and beyond.

Earth Hashtag

One little hashtag to change the world




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Are You a Perfect Marrow Match?

Nikkii Perfect Marrow Match

Nikki, married with two little kids, is desperately seeking a perfect marrow match. Her mother is Anglo-Burmese and her Dad is Irish. Nikki needs someone with a similar ethnic cocktail in their DNA for a drop of bone marrow to sort her out, and get her back on track and chasing her kids around the house. Anglo-Indian might also work, and maybe a sprinkling of Portuguese in your ancestors may also help.

If you think your blood stream has the relevant micro-spices, please consider registering as a bone marrow donor…who knows you could be someone’s perfect match?  http://perfecttenmatch.co.uk/my-story/

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Get Your APP Cap On

Apps4Gaps Logo Everyday more data than any one person can eat is produced all over Ireland (and the world), data that can be used to benefit us all…if only someone would come up with an app to analyse it, and grind out the gems and patterns that could help us make small and large decisions wisely…? Maybe you, and a friend or two? Oh and by the way, this BIG Data is just sitting there, freely available and accessible to all!

So Apps4Gaps is a clever competition to get people thinking and designing and building to wrestle some good from all this free data.

your idea+her idea+his idea+another idea=app

app+free data=social good

app+win Apps4Gaps=€5000  !!!

It’s a no brainer, just get your brain in gear and get thinking and creating. There are two categories, Student and Open. A few small terms and conditions, like you have to hook up with others (called a team), and design or build the app. Who knows, society could be so grateful, and you (and your team) could have €5000  to spend on something nice or your next BIG idea.


Apps4Gaps Competition


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Time to Write

WritingIElogo New Year, fresh impetus…time to start writing that novel, memoir, story, book to change the world? Maybe a story has been prodding at you to write it down, or there’s an unfinished work at the back of a drawer or hard drive…? Head over to www.writing.ie the supportive home for those drawn to put pen to paper or whatever your cyber flavour of writing instrument may be. You’ll find tips, encouragement, news of competitions of all sorts, interviews, and even somewhere to advertise your literary progeny. And of course, you can simply write for the wonderful sake of writing, the catharsis of poetic clarity…whatever floats your literary boat, www.writing.ie  makes the writer’s world a little less lonely, a sort of cyber Cafe des Artistes, open all hours.

Writing.ie logo

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Fading Sight – Indomitable Spirit

Seeing Disney Carol and Sara

Carol and Sara #SeeingDisney

What would you do if your sight was fading? What would you want to spend your last sight credits on? A sunset, your favourite mountain, the flowers you planted in your garden, a loved one’s smiley face? Carol wants to see things with her lovely seven year old daughter. Goal setting, target reaching, Carol decided that on each of her daughter’s birthdays they would see something special, before they could no longer see together. And this year’s target is to see Disney. As her Usher Syndrome progresses, Carol might be seeing smaller and smaller, but she continues to think big. Can you see yourself helping?

Available now via PayPal, seeingdisneycalendar@gmail.com, the 2015 #SeeingDisney fundraising calendar.

Carol Usher Syndrome Fashion Event

#SeeingDisney Fashion Event


http://www.gofundme.com/seeingdisney  Twitter @SeeingDisney

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Spare Some Bone Marrow?

Paul Giblin Oarsman Needs Bone Marrow

Paul Giblin Oarsman – Needs Your Bone Marrow

Stephen Fry recently tweeted about Paul Giblin, a brilliant oarsman, (they’re all brilliant going out training on those wet or frosty morns) who desperately needs a drop of bone marrow to keep him rowing along…could it be yours? Imagine while your turning over for another cosy sleep one morning, your marrow could be out there rowing across a windy Galway bay having replenished Paul’s body...http://marrowmatch.eu/ 

Happy Rowers - Paul Giblin and Friends Cheer

Happy Rowers – Paul Giblin and Friends Cheer

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The Bracelet of Hope – Andy Morgan Foundation

“I miss him, but it’s OK”, a ten year old picked up the pieces after her Dad died by suicide, and is now helping others who had similar experiences to pick up and go on. Alex Morgan together with family and friends have set up the Andy Morgan Foundation to raise awareness and funds to help prevent suicide, and support those left behind.

Andy Morgan Foundation Logo

Give Life a Chance

Yes life can go on, and no one is asking you to take more than one day at a time. The foundation organizes bracelet making in schools to raise awareness and funds, a small token around the wrist but a large reminder that life is about coming together and community. Yes, we can go on.

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Accessible Affordable Mental Health Care – MyMind

MyMind Krystian Fikert Logo

Originally from Poland, Krystian Fikert came to Ireland in 2004 with a degree in Clinical Psychology. On seeing the difficulties faced by people seeking mental health services, Krystian set up an affordable and accessible psychotherapeutic service. By drastically reducing admin costs, and giving clients rapid access to counsellors and psychotherapists, MyMind allowed people to quickly talk to a mental health professional, and so avoid the prohibitive costs of private services or the long waiting lists of the public sector.

Key Moment

A key moment in the development of MyMind came in 2009 when Krystian was recognised by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland as an emerging social entrepreneur. This recognition gave Krystian access to a wide network of business supports that helped develop MyMind. In 2010, MyMind was awarded funding by ESB Electric Aid and The One Foundation, and became a recipient of the David Manley Award for social enterprise. In the same year, MyMind first received support from the HSE, through the National Office for Suicide Prevention.

With the help of all of these partners, MyMind grew each year, supporting more and more clients. From impacting 398 lives in 2009, by 2011 it was reaching 2,032 people.

Elevator Award

The support from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland continued in 2011, when Krystian became an awardee of the Elevator Award which provides social entrepreneurs in the early stages of a project with funding, support and training to enable them to develop and scale their idea and maximise their impact. This helped MyMind reach even more clients. A new centre opened in Dublin’s Northside to accommodate demand, while the centre on Dublin’s Southside saw an ever increasing number of appointments.

Grants from the Arthur Guinness Fund and collaboration with BoehringerIngelheim propelled MyMind’s growth in 2012 as its social enterprise approach to the provision of mental health services became increasingly well known.

Online Services

MyMind Online Services

The addition of web-based mental health support through the innovative MyMind Online platform vastly increased its ability to reach more and more clients. People can access individual counselling services via video conference, and free of charge online consultations.

Beyond Dublin

MyMind expanded outside Dublin when Minister Kathleen Lynch opened the Cork centre in 2013. Crucial to the most recent expansion of MyMind has been Krystian winning the SEI Impact Award in 2013, which helps entrepreneurs already delivering an effective solution to some of Ireland’s greatest social and environmental challenges to scale their organisations. Since the Impact Award, MyMind has opened a new centre in Limerick and the number of appointments has grown to 1,200 a month in October 2014.

Future Goals

MyMind’s goals for the next two years involve maximising the potential of existing services, expanding its network of services and reaching financial breakeven by 2016. To date, MyMind has been able to generate 73% of its own finances, and with the growth of its services is on track to meet the goal of self-sustainability in two years time.

Mental Health in the Workplace

MyMind at Work

The most recent addition to MyMind’s services is MyMind at Work, which seeks to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace through talks, seminars and workshops. In 2014, over 15 companies used MyMind at Work to help employees develop emotional resilience, a number that is sure to grow in 2015.

From its origins in a community centre in North Dublin, MyMind has grown to four locations across Ireland, with a thriving online support service and a workplace program impacting over 14,000 lives to date.

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Mind Your Mind

So many great groups now offering support services to ensure we all take good care of our mentals. Here are just a few: mymind.org, spunout.ieheadstrong.ie, and great counsellors available to match the fact that so many are now prepared to engage and work at clearing the mental clutter to living a better, healthier life. Check out a great film by Jigsaw Meath: http://youtu.be/p5qAhBlcMB0

Plan To Protect Your Mental Health

Path to Your Happy Mentals

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Electrons, Neurons, and a Lotta Grey Matter

Yes we can…host tourists, events, and every kind of digital…


Host in Ireland, a marketing initiative created to drive interest in hosting digital assets in Ireland, will host From Electrons to Neurons, Why Hosting Matters to Ireland. The half-day event, co-located with DataCentres Ireland and Cloud & IT Security Ireland, will be held November 11, 2014 from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM @ the RDS.  http://hostinireland.com/ …Ireland: your data HQ, when it comes to your data, we mean business

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