Slugger O'Toole

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#DigitalLunch: Imaging creative solutions for Belfast’s future needs?

Thu 24 January 2013, 10:27am

Tweet However smart we get, it is impossible to absolutely tell what the future will bring. And no, I’m NOT talking about a border poll, but the future of Belfast in just seven years time. But we can be sure of several things. One of them is that Stormont cannot turn the tide of austerity […] more »

#Belfast2020: How can Belfast meet the new demands of the future?

Wed 23 January 2013, 1:56pm

Tweet Now, this is an online ‘event’ that was originally scheduled to take place in December. In fact when I look back at the first one we did on the subject of #Belfast2020, it looks somewhat quaint given what was to follow under the flags dispute. We already have some concrete themes for tomorrow’s debate. […] more »

#Belfast2020: Welcome to today’s #DigitalLunch…

Fri 23 November 2012, 11:14am

Tweet I had a phone call earlier asking me what a digilunch was… Before I could answer the reply was, a colleague asked me and I told her it sounded like a bunch of people sitting at their computers banging on and eating sandwiches… To which my response was, yep that’s pretty much it!! Going […] more »

#Belfast2020: What horses should Belfast hitch its future to?

Thu 22 November 2012, 2:50pm

Tweet Katheryn Torney’s excellent interviews in the Irish Times today asks some searching questions about the past. Daniel Jewesbury’s remarks are particularly revealing where he notes that over the last ten years “we have spent a lot of time hitching ourselves to the wrong horses.” In part, I suspect this is an inevitable downside to […] more »

What do you want from Belfast in 2020?

Wed 21 November 2012, 10:47am

Tweet On Friday we’re holding the first of two #DigitalLunch sessions in partnership with the social enterprise, Artemis, in advance of an event they are holding in Stormont next week, which in part will show case some of the work they’ve been doing in Belfast schools. The purpose of Friday’s #DigitalLunch is not to have […] more »

#AssetTransfer: Investing in schools in order to help meet community demands…

Fri 2 March 2012, 1:02pm

Tweet One of the issues in Belfast is the crumbling leisure infrastructure. The (relatively speaking) cvast number of centres were built in thick of the troubles in the late seventies and early eighties as a large scale capital investment programme. They were located in specific areas in order to take account of the physical separation […] more »

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