Organise, Activate,

Social Activism Online in Ireland



Contact Information

Contact Philippe Carr, European Commission Representation in Ireland

Programme of Events Saturday 4th October 2008
European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Please note that the schedule may change - check back for updates.

10.15Pre-conference seminar "What makes a good blog?"

  • Cian O Flaherty and Damien Mulley

  • For those who want to learn how to start. All bloggers will be welcome to share their opinion. Please bring your own laptop

    10.35Arrival & Signup

    10.45Rundown of the days programme

    10.50Video Address European Commission Vice President Margot Wallström - Introduction to the event, brief welcome to the space.

    11.00Session 1: Blogging and Social Media in an institutional setting

  • Donnacha DeLong - Amnesty International: Human Rights in the Blogosphere
  • Joe Zefran - RTE head of internet development and Senior Editor
    How are major media and institutional players using social media? What is the impact?

    12.00Session 2: Guerrilla Media - Social activism and the social media - using blogs and the internet to organise and influence

  • Damian O Broin, NGO Technology Consultant, Ask Direct

  • Damian will discuss 50 greatonlineadvocacy, fundraising and relationship building ideas and why Irish nonprofits aren't getting them.

    Presentation on the experiences and potential for technology - including some of the most effective - followed by questions.

    13.00Questions and break for lunch and Digital Soapbox
    A light lunch will be provided on the day. During this period delegates are invited to make a presentation on their organisation/ blog/website/project. This is open to all.

    Contributors include:

  • Local radio station which uses information technology to allow local people develop their communications skills and achieve their communications needs.
  •, Global Voices aggregates, curates, and amplifies the global conversation online shining light on places and people other media often ignore.
  • European Parliament TV: A showcase of the new online TV station that tracks the debates, votes and decisions of the European Parliament.

    If you would like to present your blog, website or organisation on the digital Soap Box. Please email the conference organiser. This should be no more then 3-4 mins long and can be a youtube video!

    13.50Optional afternoon workshops (please select on the day)

     Workshop 1: Law & Blogging

  • Simon McGarr, Solicitor, Digital Rights Ireland
  • Fergal Crehan, Barrister at Law

  •  Workshop 2: Journalism and Blogging

  • Harry McGee, Political Commentator, Irish Times
  • Damien Mulley, Technology journalist and blogger

  •  Workshop 3: Sources of information on the European Union

  • Ruth Deasy, Press Officer, European Commission Representation
  • Christiane Kirketerp, Blogger for Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel
  • Lars Stephan, European Parliament Offices Dublin

  • 14.50Post-workshop Brief Discussion (all particpants together)

    15.00Keynote speaker: Zack Exley

  • Zack Exley

  • Zack directed the online campaign for the British Labor Party's 2005 re-election, and was Director of Online Organising and Communications at Kerry-Edwards 2004. Before that, he served as Organizing Director at, and was an adviser to the early Dean campaign.

    He is going to speak about the US experience and the rapid development of social movements and social media there having watched the development in the UK and paid attention to Ireland too he will be looking at where there are gaps and engaging with the audience afterwards.

    16.30Roundtable to finish Discussion and reaction to the issues raised

  • Zack Exley & some previous guests
  • Senator Dominic Hannigan, Labour Party
  • Tom Duke, Director Digital Revolutionaries
  • Suzie Byrne, Moderator Maman Poulet

  • Suzy Byrne, is one of Irelands foremost political and commentary blogs. Suzy is going to chair a final roundtable with some of the day's participants where we give some critical responses to what was discussed.

    Dominic was with us for the first conference and will be interested to give his feeling on the change in politics, politicians and blogging over the past year and a half.

    17.30Closing Reception
    A short reception will be held. Delegates are invited to stay, enjoy a glass of wine and continue the debate

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