The Wheel's 2013 Annual Conference: Renew | Rebuild | Restore: Dublin - 29 May 2013

08.30am - 9.00amREGISTRATION



09.05am - 09.10am

WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS: Chairperson: Alison O'Connor - Journalist

09.10am - 09.20am

OPENING ADDRESS: Geraldine Tallon, Secretary General, Department of  Environment, Heritage & Local Government


Session 1

Renewing Democracy

09.20am - 10.50am

Reforming our Democracy: Why? What? How?
- Brendan Halligan, Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs, retired economist and TD

Citizen Participation Through Deliberation
- Professor David Farrell, Chair of Politics at UCD
The Enabling State:  Is it time to Dedefine the Relationship Between Society and the State?
- Martyn Evans, Carnegie UK Trust
A Vision for a New Republic
- Dr. Mary P. Murphy, Lecturer in Irish Politics and Society, Department of Sociology, NUI Maynooth
Discussion and moderated Q&A: What’s Possible? 
Table Exercise: How Can We Best Deepen Democracy in the Years Ahead?

10.50am - 11.00am

SPONSOR'S ADDRESS: David Thomas, Ulster Bank

11.00am - 11.30amCOFFEE BREAK

Session 2

Restoring Trust

11.30am - 13.00pm

Current Situation and Statement of the Challenge - Ivan Cooper, Director of Advocacy, The Wheel
Where There is Trust, There is Power and the Potential for Abuse. Thoughts On Trust and Accountability - Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children
Where There is Trust, there is Great Potential for Positive, Creative Action. Thoughts On Trust and Partnership Working - Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
Where There is Trust, Truth Can Be Spoken to Power. Thoughts On Trust and Advocacy - Kieran Murphy, National Director SVP, Chair The Advocacy Initiative

Moderated panel discussion and Q&A from the floor

13.00pm  - 14.15pm



Session 3

Rebuilding Communities

14.15pm - 15.30pm

Revitalisation Exercise 
The US Vision of Thriving Communities and Active Citizens. What are the Debates in the US about the Sector’s Role? - Tim Delaney, CEO, National Council of Nonprofits (US)
The Norwegian Vision of Thriving Communities and Active Citizens - Stian Slotterøy Johnsen, Frivillighet Norge (Norwegian Association of Voluntary organisations)
What is Ireland’s Vision for Thriving Communities and Active Citizenship? What are We Doing? What Needs to be Done to Support Our Sector? What Can We Learn from the US and Norway? - Mary Cunningham, Director, NYCI
Moderated panel discussion and Q & A from the floor
15.30pm - 15.40pmCLOSING REMARKS:  Deirdre Garvey, CEO, The Wheel
15.40pm - 15.50pmPRIZE GIVING
15.50pm - 16.00pmCLOSING SPEECH: Chairperson


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