Reimagining the future of Northern Ireland
Social innovation has the potential to thrive in post conflict communities. We saw this first hand during the Unusual Suspects Festival in Northern Ireland, through a variety of approaches that were being used as a means to build trust, openness and dialogue across communities. From using art and sport to connect young people, helping them to realise that they are not that different after all, in spite of their preconceptions, to the use of technology and mapping platforms to build safer and closer communities, willing to help and look out for each other.
Transparency, trust and openness are often talked about as conditions that are vital for social innovation to embedded and flourish in a society or community. But how does this play out in places of recovering from tension and conflict? How does a legacy of division and confrontation influence the social innovation process?