Inspired conversation with ordinary people.
The Internet of Good Manners
Attila was born in Transylvania, Romania (previously Hungary). A self-proclaimed nerd, he’s a software engineer who specialises in accessibility.
In the last few years he moved to Dublin and became close friends with our producer (and this episode’s host) Andrew.
Spending many years time working creating websites and apps, he’s seen how attitudes and behaviours on the internet have changed throughout the years. He takes us through his thoughts on how we create a culture of decency and care on the World Wide Web from the point of view of content creators and social media users.
Behind the Scenes of Power
Journalism and politics with Peter Cardwell Peter grew up in Richhill then got into Oxford which resulted in a career in journalism with the Times, Newsnight and more, alongside Jeremy Paxman, Piers Morgan and David Dimbleby.
Journalism opened him up to the world of politics and in the last few years, he got the opportunity to work in the Northern Ireland Office and as a special advisor (SPAD) to the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire – who oversaw the opening of Stormont at the beginning of 2020.
He takes us behind the scenes of Stormont and the experiences of working alongside politicians. Surrounded by opinions, he says it’s important to not just know what you believe, but why you believe it.
Outside the Building
Richhill man Michael moved to Dublin in the early 2000s to work with Christian Aid. During this time he travelled around the globe to places such as Kenya and India, where he was struck by the effects of divisive structures on society.
While in Dublin he began to work with the small church-planting initiative Ignite Network and Urban Junction — a youth and community project.
The diverse backgrounds their work has attracted has caused them to re-examine what’s important and find real joy in the “grey” areas.
Impairment and Humanity
Church and Mission Co-ordinator at Evangelical Alliance, Donna Jennings’s life changed with the arrival of her son, Micah. Diagnosed with ASD, he forced her to challenge how we approach “normal”.
As we endeavour to do better in light of culture’s lens what needs to change, in terms of community, relationships, to adjust what we see as normal?
Throughout the years, attitude towards disability has been cruel or ignorant. Maybe there’s good intentions, but what if we just need better conversations and openness?
Donna’s story has impacted many people. She works with Tio Associates: an organisation that shines a light on intellectual disability.
Life is for Learning
Education and nature chat with Stephen Blevins.
Stephen’s has been involved in the education world for many years, having been a teacher, principal and now a school inspector.
Recorded on the day when lockdown was extended, including a bit more uncertainty around the schools, he reflects on the impact of COVID on kids and parents and offers a few thoughts of encouragement to use this time wisely.
In recent times, Stephen has become a bit of an amateur nature photographer.
Past Memories, Future Dreams
Village stories with Dr Alan Turtle.
A stalwart of the village, and doctor in the Richhill Health Centre for 30 years, he hadn’t always lived there. Now the chairman of the Richhill Village Improvement Committee, he brings us down memory lane but lends his wisdom and experience to the where we’re at today and what his hopes are for the future.