A focus on business and government in Ireland

From August 11 till August 22, I had a fantastic time in Ireland, which was a combination of holdaiys and work. I had six extremely inspiring encounters, of which the first three where in Hook Head, a magnificant place in Ireland, and the last three in Dublin.

Ireland encounters

I started with an encounter with Michael Cruz Restrepo, the senior brand experience designer at Vlieger and Vandam (photo upper left), who approaches branding for a performance perspective. The day after I had an encounter with John Mulholland, who is the senior Innovation Director at Prophet in London, UK (photo middle top), and who shed his light on the possibilities and difficulties of companies to move towards the transformation economy. The visit to Hook Head was concluded with a encounter with Andrew Kiernan, who was until a few months ago the Global Director of United Nude. Our encounter explored the challenges of connecting business organisations, branding and the fashion world to the values, ethics and type of collaboration within the transformation economy.

On my Dublin trip I visited the City Council and I first had a meeting with Ali Grehan (photo bottom left), the City Architect at Dublin City Council who is working on the City’s innovative housing programme. Thereupon, I had an encouter with Councillor Andrew Montague (photo bottom middle), former Lord Mayor of Dublin, who proposed the Dublin Bike Scheme in 2004 which was launched in 2009 and credited as one of the most successful public bike schemes in Europe. And finally, I had an encounter with Peter Finnegan (photo bottom right), Director Office of Economy & International Relations at Dublin City Council, who is responsible for Economic Development, the Digital and Smart City Agenda, City Promotion and Branding, Innovation, International Relations, Research and Access Programmes.