Collaboration for Change
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Collaboration for Change brings together citizen-led movements for social, economic, political, environmental and cultural transformation

by Collaboration for Change in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Collaboration for Change links our small but powerful actions, creating a movement that shifts our culture towards what is good for people and planet 

The idea for Collaboration for Change arose from a conversation in a Derry café in December 2017. We recognised that whole systems change was needed to help solve the many challenges we face socially, economically, politically, environmentally and culturally. We also realised that real change could only be achieved by working together. This led to an invitation to others to explore ways to develop the much needed capability to collaborate and engage in peer support so that individual initiatives flourish and whole systems change is possible. We are now inviting you to help support our voluntary action through a donation that will go towards programme costs. 

Our first action after our initial conversation was to work together to host a day-long workshop in The Guildhall Derry in October 2018, the 50th anniversary of the start of the Civil Rights Movement in Derry. This was attended by over 50 people from throughout the island of Ireland, people already working on individual projects that contributed to transforming the way society works. 

Michael Albert, an American activist, economist, speaker and writer joined the gathering and spoke of his experiences of creating social change. He also gave some insights into the importance and potential of Collaboration for Change at this time.

As a result of the outcomes from that day our programme for 2019 consists of developing:

  • a Collaboration for Change online forum for contributing to the discussion
  • a fledgling website 
  • an online mapping tool which will showcase the initiatives already in place and allow them to connect with each other, learn and collaborate. 

and hosting

  • three further information-sharing and participative events in Derry and Belfast in 2019 to encourage people to support each other and collaborate in order to achieve greater impact.

Voluntary action is at the heart of this initiative with all the planning, coordinating, publicity and network development work being done by committed citizens. There are, of course, costs associated with events and activities. We are asking you to help us put in place enough finance to support the Collaboration for Change programme and greater change on the island of Ireland. All funds will be used for venue, catering, travel, facilitators and technical costs that are necessary to support the voluntary action of all the citizens involved.

Donations will be available once the project is live.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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NI Artists' Prints for 15 randomly selected donors

Northern Ireland artists Brian Ballard and Lisa Ballard have generously donated prints of some of their paintings. All the prints of Brian's paintings are signed and include images of blue irises, trees on Cyprus Ave and a portrait of one of the gardeners in Botanic Gardens Belfast. Lisa's prints are from their shared work Plants of the Tropical Ravine.

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