Future Waves II - Digital Trends for Nonprofits

Future Waves II - Digital Trends for Nonprofits

Following on from the success of Future Waves in October 2018, the event is returning, this time to Limerick. Future Waves is focused on highlighting how Irish community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises are harnessing digital tools to grow their impact and support, and illuminating the emerging trends and technologies that have allowed them to do so. 

This is the time and place to think about your nonprofit's future... about what's coming next in digital and how that digital transformation will affect the work you do.

The ultimate purpose of this very special one-day event is help organisations like yours to grow your audience and impact by using the digital tools already available or which are already on the horizon.


9.15 – 9.45         Registration & Networking

9.45– 9.50          Welcome: Brian Walsh

9.50 – 11.00       Opening Plenary: “How can we harness digital strategies for our cause?

A panel discussion focusing on what works in digital for non-profits today and what they can do using the resources they already have.

Speakers: Jean O’Brien (Digital Charity Lab); Eamon Stack (Enclude), Lochlann Scott (Helplink) Suzanne Cole Nowers (Nexus Direct)

Chair: Ruairi McKiernan

11.00 – 11.30    Coffee & Networking

11.30 – 1.00      Case Studies:What digital innovations are working for non-profits today?”

1.00 – 2.00         Lunch

2.00 – 2.45         Keynote: Jill O’Herlihy: How we can use social media to generate awareness and funds

2.45 – 4.00         Closing Plenary: “What is digital transformation, and how can we transform digitally?

As more and more innovations come down the line, we ask how non-profits can keep up and embrace the digital agenda.

Speakers: Ian Bowell (Microsoft), Jill O’Herlihy (Mental Health Ireland), plus more tbc

Chair: Ruairi McKiernan

Case study presenters

Craig Dwyer, For a Change

Craig Dwyer is a digital campaigns and communications consultant. He works with campaigns and organisations to harness digital and social media as a driver of communication, mobilisation and engagement. He was the Social Media Director for Yes Equality during the marriage equality referendum in Ireland and travelled to Australia in 2017 to work on their marriage equality campaign.

Craig developed ForaChange as part of his fellowship with The Social Change Initiative. He is a true believer in the power of digital and social media to achieve social change and wants to help others to learn and grow in an online world.

Pete Ellard, Nexus Direct

As Director of Digital Services, Pete loves to use analytics and data to determine client strategies and forecasting. With over 10 years of experience in the digital channel, Pete has seen and detailed all the changes and innovations that have been made to digital marketing as a whole. Believing that there is never really one magic digital marketing bullet that can deliver results, Pete likes to take a holistic approach so that the appropriate channels can work together to achieve success.

Naomi Murphy, Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots started in 2014 when Marisa Denker & Naomi Murphy met during their MA in Design Practice. It was through attending events aimed at connecting people around a common cause or topic that they noticed a one-size-fits-all approach being used over and over. Event organisers were pushing out events without considering what people actually wanted from them or how to really facilitate networking and connections. All this resulted in the development of a new platform that harnesses data to make a social impact.

There will also be ample time for you to network with your peers as well as our speakers an panellists, including:

  • Jean O’Brien – Digital Charity Lab

  • Eamon Stack - Enclude

  • Ian Bowell – Microsoft

  • Naomi Murphy - Connect the Dots

  • Jill O’Herlihy - Mental Health Ireland

  • Craig Dwyer - For a Change

  • Lochlann Scott  - Helplink

  • Suzanne Cole Nowers - NexusDirect

Our Chair for the day is Ruairí McKiernan, recently named by Ashoka as one of the top 10 people leading social change in Ireland. He is the host of the chart-topping Love and Courage podcast, which features inspirational voices for change from across the world.

More speakers to be added soon!

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Do you have an interesting case study, or have expertise in this space? Please let us know

Contact: Brian brian@wheel.ie

How to register

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Who should attend

This special seminar is ideal for anyone working in fundraising, marketing, communications, social media, database management and IT.