On The Social Entrepreneurs Podcast we meet with some of Ireland’s leading social entrepreneurs and share their stories of bringing about change in Ireland.
What led these ordinary people to do extraordinary things?
What has their journey been like as a social entrepreneur?
And what are their ambitions for the future?
In each episode, Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland tries to unpick the answers, to highlight the incredible impact that these people are having in Ireland and to inspire anybody out there with an idea to take action.
Ep. 12: Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself “Everything changes when you grow your own food”
This week, our CEO Darren Ryan speaks to Michael Kelly, founder of Grow It Yourself (GIY).
GIY is a not for profit social enterprise helping people to grow some of their own food at home, at work, at school and in the community. Michael and Darren chat about the ‘garlic’ bulb moment that started it all, imposter syndrome, and the call to adventure.
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Ep. 11 Joan Freeman of Pieta House ‘Feel the fear, and do it anyway’
This week, our CEO Darren Ryan chats with Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House.
Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. Joan and Darren discuss the changing understanding around mental health support, the emergence of ‘Darkness into Light’, and the power of serendipity.
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Ep. 10: David Neville & Pádraic Hogan of jumpAgrade “Making education accessible to everyone”
This week, our CEO Darren Ryan speaks to the co-founders of jumpAgrade, David Neville and Pádraic Hogan.
jumpAgrade is working to make education accessible to everyone. They speak to Darren about finding purpose, trusting your team and the potential for ‘personalised education and teaching’ in Ireland.
Ep. 9: Alex Cooney of CyberSafeIreland "We need to focus on empowering children online, not just protecting them from it"
Darren chats with Alex Cooney, CEO and Co-Founder of CyberSafeIreland.
CSI started five years ago, with the aim of working towards a world in which children are using technology in a smarter, stronger and safer manner.
Alex and Darren chat about the importance of a proactive response in the face of change, taking all the help you can get as a social entrepreneur, and how starting conversations about digital safety at home are critical for children’s relationship with the internet.
Ep. 8: John Kearney of Irish Community Rapid Response ‘You never know when you’ll need an emergency service’
This week, Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and John Kearney, founder of Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR), chat about resilience, the generosity and dedication of volunteer doctors across Ireland and the lives saved by the air ambulance service.
Together with his team, John has worked tirelessly to launch Ireland’s first dedicated and charity funded Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in July last year, all working alongside the fleet of Rapid Response vehicles.
Ep. 7: Alma Jordan of AgriKids ‘ ‘We are all writing the handbook on social entrepreneurship, and tomorrow’s pages are still blank’
This week, Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Alma Jordan founder of AgriKids chat about the impact of COVID19 on our farming families, her journey as a social entrepreneur and how children are the most impactful voices on farms.
AgriKids operated on the belief that by educating and empowering young children, they become farm safety ambassadors and bring the farm safety message home, having a positive impact on their parents, grandparents and extended family.