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What Kind of Northern Ireland (NI) do we want?

CO3 is delighted to partner with the Carnegie UK Trust to lead on a series of virtual fireside conversations leading up to a conference on 8 December 2021 themed under:-

“What Kind of Northern Ireland (NI) do we want”? 

The Carnegie UK Trust (CUKT) was set up to improve the wellbeing of the people of the UK and Ireland. Over the past five years we have been working with partners in Northern Ireland on embedding a wellbeing approach in government.

We know that COVID-19 will have major long-term impacts for Northern Ireland communities, economy, and the delivery of essential public services.  We are therefore hosting this event to explore key questions for improving wellbeing in Northern Ireland and share practical ideas for tackling the challenges ahead through a series of online discussions. Attendees will include civil society, government, business and academic leaders and practitioners. The discussions will be designed to be as inclusive as possible to support a range of experiences and views to be heard. 

Using online workshops and roundtable discussions the project will identify and explore key questions, test assumptions and expectations about the post-COVID-19 future and start developing ideas and sharing practical plans for the challenges ahead.

The conversation themes have been shaped by a Steering Group of leaders working across the public, private and third sectors.  

Steering Group Members

-    Jennifer Wallace, Carnegie UK Trust

-    Kerry Anthony, Inspire 

-    Maeve Monaghan, Now Group

-    Neil Gibson,  EY

-    Jennifer Neff,  Elemental

-    David Sterling, Chief Executives Forum

-    Suzanne Wylie,  Belfast City Council


The format of the conversations will include international speakers offering us the benefit of their expertise and experiences, followed by a panel conversation with a wide range of local leaders. The first conversation will focus on early year education and childcare.  We would welcome your contribution as part of the conversation. 

We are delighted to announce the details of the first fireside conversation.

What does a better early years education and childcare infrastructure look like in NI?