JOHN KEARNEY | Irish Community Rapid Response

John is the founder of Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) a network of first responders providing emergency medical care to patients in remote areas.

Acting as a 'mobile intensive care unit,' ICRR is a network of highly trained volunteer emergency medical personnel who can provide treatment in life threatening circumstances.

ICRR's team has deployed more than 100 doctors to assist nearly 500 patients with an estimated 2 lives saved each month. Working in conjunction with the Department of Emergency Medicine at University College Dublin (UCD), ICRR has enlisted 115 volunteer GP's to date, and aims to have 500 GP's signed up for voluntary service by 2020. In 2017, ICRR plans to raise €1m to fund a fleet of air ambulances.

Find out more: www.icrr.ie

Follow ICRR on Twitter: @ICRR_Official


Read the Irish Times article about ICRR's campaign to raise €1m in 2017, 'Munster service to fly doctors to incidents'

Read the Irish Times article about ICRR's campaign to raise €1m in 2017, 'Munster service to fly doctors to incidents'

Hear Ashoka Fellow John Kearney, CEO of Irish Community Rapid Response, discuss how a new national campaign to train half the country in CPR could save hundreds of lives a year on Morning Ireland

Hear Ashoka Fellow John Kearney, CEO of Irish Community Rapid Response, discuss how a new national campaign to train half the country in CPR could save hundreds of lives a year on Morning Ireland

MAIREAD HEALY | Future Voices

Mairead is the founder of Future Voices, a programme empowering disadvantaged and marginalised young people to pursue third level education.

Working in the lowest performing DEIS schools in Dublin, Future Voices builds self esteem. Students learn about their rights and receive coaching on public speaking, policy research and community projects.

Future Voices now has enrolled over 100 young people in a 3-year Transformation Programme. 2015 saw the launch of their Youth:Elect campaign, which empowers people under the age of 30 from marginalised backgrounds to run for political office. 

Find out more on the Future Voices Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/FutureVoicesIreland

Follow Mairead on Twitter: @MissyMairead 


Find out more about Future Voices in their YouTube video

NEIL MCCABE | The Green Plan

Fireman Neil is the founder of The Green Plan, an accredited model helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint & save on energy costs.

The Green Plan has made Neil’s home firehouse of Kilbarrack the first carbon-neutral firehouse in the world. By spreading its best practices, Neil wants to encourage communities to go green.

Since 2010, 8 out of 14 Dublin fire stations have implemented The Green Plan, accruing over €11 million in savings and reducing energy demand by 44%. The savings are ring-fenced and reinvested in the next fire station's energy, water and waste reduction projects. The methodology has been written into the Dublin Fire Brigade Business Plan, the Dublin City Council Business Plan, and is being applied to policy at the EU level. It has been recognised as a best practice by INTEREG on behalf of the EU Commission, in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The GreenPlan is now available as a free online learning course with ALISON, training over 500 students globally in only its first four weeks. Each student receives The GreenPlan toolkit and procedures, and is empowered to lower their communities carbon footprint by 20%, reinvesting the energy savings in social good projects.

Find out more: www.thegreenplan.ie

Follow Neil on Twitter: @nemodfb 


Check out The GreenPlan's online course on ALISON, 'The GreenPlan Champion for Communities'

Check out The GreenPlan's online course on ALISON, 'The GreenPlan Champion for Communities'

Read Neil McCabe's blogpost, 'Radical Mitigation for Climate Change - An Introduction,' on The Green Plan website. 

Read Neil McCabe's blogpost, 'Radical Mitigation for Climate Change - An Introduction,' on The Green Plan website

JAMES WHELTON | CoderDojo

James Whelton is the co-founder of CoderDojo, a global network of volunteer-led, community-based computer programming clubs for young people.

Dojos teach a variety of programming skills and computer languages including Scratch, HTML, JavaScript, and others. Young people learn to make their own websites, games, and apps.

The CoderDojo movement is spread and supported by the CoderDojo Foundation. In the past year, CoderDojo has grown from 534 clubs in 54 countries to over 1,000 clubs in 63 countries. In 2016, local volunteers put in over 400,000 hours worldwide to help run the dojos.

Find out more: www.coderdojo.com

Follow James on Twitter: @Whelton 


Read about how CoderDojo is empowering young people all over the world in our Silicon Republic spotlight, 'Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised' (May 2016)

Read about how CoderDojo is empowering young people all over the world in our Silicon Republic spotlight, 'Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised' (May 2016)

KRYSTIAN FIKERT | MyMind

Krystian Fikert is the founder of MyMind, a network of affordable and accessible community-based mental health services across Ireland.

With fees up to 50% lower than private services, MyMind offers an online counselling platform, including Skype and phone counselling sessions; a workplace wellbeing programme; and one-to-one, in-person services at their four clinics based in Limerick City, Cork City, South Dublin and North Dublin.

MyMind now registers over 1,500 appointments per month, with a team of over 80 mental health professionals delivering services in 10 languages. In 2016, they provided 12,483 appointments, representing an 18% growth when compared to 2015. 

Find out more: www.mymind.org

Follow MyMind on Twitter: @MyMindCentre 


MyMind first opened its doors in 2006 - Watch their 10th Birthday Celebration video to hear their story:

Read our Forbes profile on Krystian Fikert and MyMind (May 2015) here.

DR. BRENDAN DUNFORD | BurrenLife

Dr. Brendan Dunford is the founder of Burren LIFE, a multidimensional resource supporting the sustainable management and use of unique landscapes in Ireland.

Burren LIFE’s Farming for Conservation Programme allows farmers to lead in the development and delivery of critical conservation actions on their farms, creating financial incentives for the delivery of public goods.

There are currently 320 farmers participating in the Burren LIFE scheme covering 60,000 acres of land in the region, with plans to expand to other regions in Ireland in the next few years, beginning with areas where hen harriers and pearl mussels are found. Burren Life have also joined a new 13-partners consortium, the High Nature Valley-Link, whose aim is to collect and disseminate innovative solutions for supporting European farmland.

Find out more: www.burrenbeo.com

Follow Burrenbeo Trust on Twitter: @BurrenbeoTrust 


'A local approach to agri-environmental payments' - read the latest article on Burren LIFE's influence in the Irish Farmer's Journal (May 2016)

'A local approach to agri-environmental payments' - read the latest article on Burren LIFE's influence in the Irish Farmer's Journal (May 2016)

MICHAEL KELLY | Grow It Yourself (GIY)

Michael Kelly is the founder of GIY, an international movement to increase the number of people growing their own food as a lever to greater wellbeing.

GIY offers a wide variety of supports to help people grow food. In addition to local groups, the network includes a primary school campaign and a workplace growing programme, with plans for a national teaching headquarters set to open in Waterford in 2016.

GIY works with over 150,000 people and 6,000 community food projects each year. After many years of planning and fundraising, GIY opened their global headquarters, Grow HQ, in Waterford city, in 2016.

Find out more: www.giyinternational.org

Follow Michael on Twitter: @mickkellygrows 


Read our Innovation Profile on our sustainability-focused Fellows in The Irish Times (February 2016) here.

Read our Innovation Profile on our sustainability-focused Fellows in The Irish Times (February 2016) here.

MADELEINE CLARKE | Genio

Madeleine Clarke is the founder of Genio, a funding platform working with government funders and foundations to redistribute funding more effectively.

Genio uses grassroots best practices to redefine the field of disability. By uniting a fragmented sector, Genio activates implementation funds to move from wasteful, ineffective programmes to national best practice adoption.

Genio has been awarded €23.6 million in innovation funding. The organisation has enabled 5,500 people to receive personalised services in the community, impacting over 14,500 lives. 

Find out more: www.genio.ie

Follow Genio on Twitter: @GenioNews

MIKE FEERICK | ALISON

Mike Feerick is the founder of ALISON, an pioneering online provider of free certified learning for vocational education and workplace skills.

Pioneering the concept of free massive open online course (MOOC) platforms, ALISON provides over 750 courses in a range of categories, including languages, finance, health and personal development.

ALISON now counts over 9 million registered learners worldwide. In 2016, they reached a milestone threshold of one million graduates worldwide, as well as significant developments in India and across Africa. The platform now employs 40 staff with 14 nationalities represented in their Galway HQ. Plans for 2017 include a new brand identity, a mobile-focused website to be launched in early spring, and for the first time, free online publishing. 

Find out more: www.alison.com

Follow Mike on Twitter: @MikeFeerick 


Read about how ALISON is empowering people all over the world in our Silicon Republic spotlight, 'Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised' (May 2016)

Read about how ALISON is empowering people all over the world in our Silicon Republic spotlight, 'Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised' (May 2016)

MARY NALLY | Third Age

Mary Nally is the founder of Third Age Ireland, a national voluntary organisation that promotes the value and contribution of older people to their communities.

Third Age offers three programmes to tap into the power of older people, including the Senior Helpline, a national listening helpline; SAGE: advocacy services for senior residents; and Fáilte Isteach, which provides conversational English classes to new immigrants.

Third Age has over 1,400 volunteers countrywide, working as tutors, listeners, advocates and befrienders. Thousands of people of all ages benefit each week by volunteering on projects, and participating in programmes, which include lifelong learning, health and social initiatives. In 2016, the Fáilte Isteach model of providing English classes to new migrants was exported to Germany, Greece and Italy with the help of Ashoka. 

Find out more: www.thirdageireland.ie

Follow Third Age on Twitter: @ThirdAgeIreland 


Read about how Third Age is empowering elderly people across Ireland in our Silicon Republic spotlight, 'Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised' (May 2016)

Read about how Third Age is empowering elderly people across Ireland in our Silicon Republic spotlight, 'Bringing digital skills to the young, the old and the marginalised' (May 2016)

Read about the Hello Festival in Refugee Integration, at which Mary Nally pitched Fáilte Isteach to an audience of over 400 influencers, funders and social entrepreneurs, in Berlin (March 2016)

Read about the Hello Festival in Refugee Integration, at which Mary Nally pitched Fáilte Isteach to an audience of over 400 influencers, funders and social entrepreneurs, in Berlin (March 2016)

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DR. STEVE COLLINS | Valid Nutrition

Steve Collins is the founder of Valid Nutrition, a food production enterprise bringing therapeutic food to countries facing severe malnutrition in children.

Valid Nutrition has revolutionised the community-based therapeutic care of Severe Acute Malnutrition through the ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) treatment model. Valid now operates in 26 countries facing famine or other causes of malnutrition.

Since 2007, Valid Nutrition has produced close to 35 million life-saving sachets in Malawi, treating over 300,000 children suffering from malnutrition. This creates an economic multiplier effect, while also increasing competition and generating far greater value in terms of social and developmental impact.

Find out more: www.validnutrition.org

Follow Steve on Twitter: @Steve_Collins_V


Read our Forbes profile on Dr. Steve Collins and Valid Nutrition (June 2016) here.

CAROLINE CASEY | BINC

Caroline Casey is the founder of the Ability Awards and Binc, engaging business leadership to create an inclusive world for the 1 billion people affected by disability.

A persuasive, uplifting and energetic communicator, Caroline speaks at prestigious forums including the Global Competitiveness Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, Davos and TED.

Launching in 2017, Binc’s mission is to create a movement in the global business community to recognise, embrace and cater for the 1.3 billion people - currently classified as disabled - as valuable employees, customers and members of the community.

Find out more: www.binc.global

Follow Caroline on Twitter: @carolinekanchi 


Hear Caroline's personal story of overcoming boundaries in her inspiring TED Talk!

JACQUELINE WILLIAMSON | KINSHIP CARE

Kinship care is care for a child by relatives or family friends in the case that a parent cannot look after them. It provides an alternative to traditional residential or foster care for children separated from their parents.

It helps children remain in their families and communities, which can have a number of benefits which range from better mental health to improved educational outcomes.

Currently, there are thousands of children living in both formal and informal kinship care arrangements in the Republic of Ireland. Jacqueline intends on expanding the work of KCNI into the Republic of Ireland, but her work will not stop there. Ineffective care systems impact destitute children all over the world; supporting care by family members can create important positive change for children, families, and governments.

Find out more: http://www.kinshipcareni.com/

Follow Kinship Care on Twitter: @KinshipNI

TARA CUNNINGHAM | SpeechBud

Recognising that with guidance, ordinary citizens can do much of the work of professional speech therapists, Tara Cunningham revolutionised the field of speech therapy by putting parents and teachers in charge of children’s learning. 

Follow Tara on Twitter: @tarajcunningham 

DAVID EGAN | RedBranch

In building the capacity of young people and parents alike and pushing for changes in school programs, David successfully introduced healthy food suppliers, fruit micro-businesses, and alternative sports providers to schools across Ireland.