September 20, 2009 – 10:11 pm
Early in the year, I wrote a post about the 3R’s, talking about the words “recession”, “redundancy” and “receivership”, and the fact that we were constantly hearing them from all sections of the media. Unfortunately, they are still words that are relevant today, but now there is a new “R” word on people’s lips: “Recovery”.
I have always thought that, as a nation, we have the people who have the ideas, passion, energy and talent to get us to a better place. Now, I know for sure. I was one of 300 people who attended Bizcamp on the Saturday of the All-Ireland Football final weekend.
The free event was held at the fabulous Guinness Storehouse, and was aimed at people from all sectors of the business community, as well as people who had lost their jobs. They came together to share their experiences and information, and to explore new opportunities with each other. The speakers delivered a wide variety of informative presentations throughout the day, with intervals to allow people to share their thoughts and make new contacts. The talks given on the social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin proved to be particularly interesting and very popular.
It was encouraging to see enthusiasm, belief and confidence, not just in the speakers but also in other people at the event, proving that we do have the drive to succeed.
At the Global Irish Economic Forum, held at Farmleigh Estate, the attendees were exploring how the Irish, at home and abroad, and those with a strong interest in Ireland, can work together and contribute to a speedy economic recovery.
The topics of discussion may have been different to those at Bizcamp, but it would seem that some participants were reaching similar conclusions: that we do have the people to make things happen on both a local, and global scale, and that we should make the most of this asset. This interview with Liam Casey would seem to reinforce the view. (via Pat Phelan)
Now that these events are over, we hope that all the parties in government can react quickly to the suggestions made at the forum. We need them to support the entrepreneurs and innovators who attended Bizcamp, who have the ability to become winners, not unlike the Kerry football team.