Welsh actor/activist Michael Sheen on Basque Culture

Welsh actor and social activist Michael Sheen has recently visited the Basque Country thanks to Agirre Lehendakaria Center. Apart from being a Hollywood star, he has become a leading figure in the fight against inequality in the UK. Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, Wales, a town that is best known as the home of Port Talbot Steelworks, one og the biggest steelworks in the world, which employs over 10% of the town’s population. The factory has been under threat of closure during the last few years, with everything that it entails for the town and its citizens. The Michael Sheen Foundation aims to help his hometown, not only reinventing itself through innovation, but also creating a social and economic transformation process. This has resulted on a visit to the Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, due to the actor’s great interest in the cooperative movement of Mondragon and the spectacular transformation of Bilbao, a port and steel town just like Port Talbot. More info: agirrecenter.eus/en/michael-sheen/

Welsh actor/activist Michael Sheen on Mondragon

Welsh actor and social activist Michael Sheen has recently visited the Basque Country thanks to Agirre Lehendakaria Center. Apart from being a Hollywood star, he has become a leading figure in the fight against inequality in the UK. Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, Wales, a town that is best known as the home of Port Talbot Steelworks, one og the biggest steelworks in the world, which employs over 10% of the town’s population. The factory has been under threat of closure during the last few years, with everything that it entails for the town and its citizens. The Michael Sheen Foundation aims to help his hometown, not only reinventing itself through innovation, but also creating a social and economic transformation process. This has resulted on a visit to the Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, due to the actor’s great interest in the cooperative movement of Mondragon and the spectacular transformation of Bilbao, a port and steel town just like Port Talbot. More info: http://agirrecenter.eus/en/michael-sheen/

American actor William Petersen (CSI) speaks Basque

CSI star William Petersen spent some time in Mondragon during the 70's. Her daughter Maite Nerea was born here and he holds a special fondness towards the Basque Country. In this video he reflects on the Basque transformation and the recovery of "euskera" in the last few decades. Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0av6MrQyFD0

International conflict expert Borislava Manojlovic on the Basque peace process

Borislava Manojlovic holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Analysis from George Mason University and a MA in coexistence from Brandeis University. She has worked with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Croatia and Kosovo. Her academic interests include historical narratives and conflict; peacemaking; human security; education in post-conflict contexts; reconciliation. She currently collaborates with Agirre Center in BPPS research project and a Study Abroad program in the Basque Country.

Xabier Irujo on "The Basque Experience" book, by Juan Jose Ibarretxe

Xabier Irujo (Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada) on the ALC Director's new book 'The Basque Experience: constructing Sustainable Human Development' and what makes it specially interesting. This book will be presented at the Basque culture festival Jaialdia 2015 in Boise, Idaho. More info: http://bit.ly/1SwJrUO

Borislava Manojlovic on what makes BPPS a unique project

Borislava Manojlovic holds a PhD in Conflict Resolution and Analysis from George Mason University and a MA in coexistence from Brandeis University. She has worked with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Croatia and Kosovo. Her academic interests include historical narratives and conflict; peacemaking; human security; education in post-conflict contexts; reconciliation. She currently collaborates with Agirre Center in BPPS research project and a Study Abroad program in the Basque Country,

SolasAlean Juan Jose Ibarretxerekin

ITURRIA: http://alea.eus/araba/1454668500074 (Arabako Alea) SolasALEAn Oihanederrek eta ALEA aldizkariak elkarlanean egindako ekimena da, hilero arlo anitzetako pertsonak modu hurbil eta atseginean ezagutzeko aukera ematen duena. Pasa den urtarilaren 29an Agirre Lehendakaria Centerreko zuzendaria den Juan Jose Ibarretxe Lehendakari ohiak izan zen SolasALEAko azken edizioaren protagonista.

Basque President meeting with Croatian Minister of Economy and ALC Director Juan Jose Ibarretxe

Last July 6 a delegation of the Ministry of Economy in Croatia, led by Ivan Vrdoljak, visited the Basque Country. The main goal was to sign a collaboration agreement with Agirre Lehendakaria Center and the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU, in order to advice the Mediterranean country in regards to the Basque model of successful Economic transformation. During the visit, the delegation met the Basque President Iñigo Urkullu and visited the facilities of Tekniker, Mondragon Corporation and Basque Culinary Center, among others. VIDEO: www.irekia.euskadi.eus

Paul-Hoyt O'Connor (George Washington University) on the Basque transformation experience

Paul Hoyt-O’Connor PhD is the director of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at the George Washington University. His research interest include social and political Philosophy of Economics,, the thought of Bernard Lonergan and ethics. During this video he talks about the Basque Case, shares his view as an outsider and reflects on its most important elements.

Conferencia "Sociedad Global, Respuesta Local" en CLAEH

Conferencia del director de Agirre Lehendakaria Center Juan José Ibarretxe en CLAEH (Centro Lationamericano de Economía Humana), bajo el título "Sociedad Global, Respuesta Local", ofrecida el pasado mes de noviembre en el marco de la visita del centro a diferentes países sudamericanos. Créditos del vídeo: CLAEH (Centro Lationamericano de Economía Humana) www.claeh.org.uy

Irish social innovators on Mondragon cooperative model

- Paul Braithwaite is Development & Implementation Officer with the Building Change Trust, leading their work on the Social Innovation and Creative Space for Civic Thinking themes. - Paul Roberts is Chief Executive of Ashton Community Trust, a community based charity working on regeneration through social enterprise. - Michael Liggett is the chairperson of Ashton Community Trust management board where he provides governance and business analysis.

Paul Braithwaite (Building Change Trust) on innovation in the Basque Country

Paul Braithwaite is Development & Implementation Officer with the Building Change Trust, leading their work on the Social Innovation and Creative Space for Civic Thinking themes. Since joining the Trust in September 2013 Paul has developed a number of new initiatives for the Trust through a mixture of consultation with the local VCSE sector and other stakeholders, as well as making connections in GB, Ireland and internationally to identify innovative approaches with potential for local application.

Michael Liggett (Ashton Community Trust) on Urbegi, Mondragon and the Basque Case

Michael is the chairperson of Ashton Community Trust management board where he provides governance and business analysis. He has a well established background in community development in North and West Belfast where he has been responsible for negotiating and influencing community sector change, enabling resident participation in housing redevelopment, establishing joint working committees at interfaces and implementing communication plans. Since 2005 he has been employed full time with Big Lottery Fund where he provides policy advice on strategic direction and investment. Michael has a Masters Degree in Voluntary Sector management and is a PhD candidate at Queens University Belfast. He is interested in social innovation and collaboration opportunities to network and enhance community assets.

John Peto (Nerve Centre) on the Basque Case

John is the Director of Education at the Nerve Centre in Derry, responsible for a range of projects that support Digital Creativity and skills in Schools and Communities across Northern Ireland. From a background in film and television production John has overseen the establishment of Ireland’s first FabLabs, in partnership with Belfast’s Ashton Centre, as well as operating the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centres and pioneering the use of Digital Creative Media in Conflict and Civic Education through the Teaching Divided Histories Project. In his spare time, John co-ordinates the Moville Coderdojo in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

Paul Roberts (Ashton Centre) on the Basque Case and the cooperative model of Mondragon

Paul is Chief Executive of Ashton Community Trust, a community based charity working on regeneration through social enterprise. Ashton was set up in 1988 through a share drive by local people. The original centre is owned by 450 shareholders from the local community and the organisation now owns five other Centres. Ashton currently employs over 160 people in some of the most deprived wards in Northern Ireland. The group delivers a wide range of services including: childcare, health, education, training, Fablab and economic development and is recognised as one of the leading social enterprises in Northern Ireland. Paul has a Masters in Voluntary sector management and is a member of NICVA’s executive. He is very interested in the potential for social innovation and the Basque experience to be used in the northern Irish context. Paul has been CEO of Ashton for over 20 years.

Maeve Monaghan (NOW Project) on the Basque Case

Maeve was appointed to NOW in 2001 and has been responsible for the development of the organisation over the past 13 years. Maeve has been instrumental in growing NOW with a mission to make an impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities. The organisation employs 50 people and is a limited company with charitable status which delivers award winning training and supported employment services for over 350 people per year. NOW was awarded NI Social Enterprise of The Year 2014 and was highly commend for its work on Social Impact at UK Social Enterprise Awards, 2013. It also operates two social businesses Loaf Catering (which incorporates 4 Cafes including a prestigious new contract at Belfast City Hall and a Corporate Catering Business) and Gauge which helps organisations understand, measure and communicate their impact.

Brendan Murtaugh on the regeneration of Bilbao and the Basque Case

Brendan Murtagh is a Reader in Urban Regeneration and Planning at SPACE in the Queen’s University Belfast. He has researched and written widely on urban regeneration, social economics and community based development. His particular interest is in the potential of the social economy to offer a more balanced, stable and include framework for urban growth. In particular, the capacity to learn from the Basque Country and how social innovation can be scaled and replicated in Northern Ireland is his main interest in the visit. Brendan has carried out research on the social economy for the ESRC; Community Asset Transfer for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; and alternative economics and social inclusion for the Northern Ireland government. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oregon and was appointed Associate Professor of the East China Institute of Technology in 2008. He has also published recent books on: Understanding the Social Economy and the Third Sector; The Politics of Territory; Violence, Segregation and the City; and Authentic Dialogue. Brendan is currently involved in: a project for the Leverhulme Trust examining the role of culture and the city; a study of age and place for CARDI; and sustainable age communities for the Atlantic Philanthropies.

John Peto (Nerve Centre) on the Peace Tech Lab project

John is the Director of Education at the Nerve Centre in Derry, responsible for a range of projects that support Digital Creativity and skills in Schools and Communities across Northern Ireland. From a background in film and television production John has overseen the establishment of Ireland’s first FabLabs, in partnership with Belfast’s Ashton Centre, as well as operating the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centres and pioneering the use of Digital Creative Media in Conflict and Civic Education through the Teaching Divided Histories Project. In his spare time, John co-ordinates the Moville Coderdojo in Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

Gorka Espiau sobre el proyecto PeaceTechLab en ETB Hoy

El pasado 19 de septiembre INCORE (The International Conflict Research Institute – Universidad de Ulster, Irlanda del Norte) en colaboración con Agirre Lehendakaria Center, THE NERVE CENTRE (Derry), THE YOUNG FOUNDATION (Londres), CULTURE SHOCK (Nueva York) y SCENSEI (Washington) presentaron THE PEACETECHLAB (Peacebuilding and Technology Laboratory). El principal objetivo de este laboratorio es explorar cómo la tecnología puede utilizarse para la construcción de la paz.