Supporting the digital lives of Limerick communities

My poor blog looks really abandoned! I guess I should talk about what’s keeping me so busy these days.

The Connected Limerick initiative started back in 2010 with an event organised as part of the tweak festival. Another event followed last year, and Connected Limerick developed into a real project, focusing on the interplay between the way both locals and visitors are navigating the city and the digital overlay that informs and influences these journeys. And of course, there’s an associated Facebook page.

I’m one of the founding members of miLKlabs, the Limerick hackerspace. I post there and on the miLKlabs Facebook page every now and again.

In November last year, I joined the Limerick Local Heroes initiative group and helped organising the townhall meeting and the Ideas Summit. I set up their first website, later transferred to an own domain. Taking care of the Facebook page and Twitter account together with other people was a very interesting experience. Collaborative work felt a bit like magic: posts simply appeared one after the other without any need for formal coordination. I am still marginally involved in the Community Pillar, which is preparing its Action Summit at the moment.

I was really drawn to Helen O’Donnell’s idea of entering Limerick in the Tidy Towns competition, and I offered to give a hand.

I also joined Transition Limerick last year, a group encouraging reflection on sustainable development.

Together with Miriam Lohan, we started an action group called  “We love Plassey Riverbank”, in order to reach out to people interested in the conservation of the canal and river Shannon banks. We had two successful clean-ups and we are in the process of planning further actions.

I am still running the IxDA local chapter – that’s a group I would really need help with! We had a couple of excellent meet-ups this year, and there’s a Design Jam in the make– the first of its kind in Ireland!

I am also involved in the Limerick OpenCoffee Club, and from time to time I manage to go to the Limerick Open Source Meetup. I don’t manage to write about that, except for the odd picture or tweet every now and again.

And there’s 3Dcamp as well. But that’s a story for another post!


March 15 2012 11:52 am | Research and Uncategorized

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