Power of Design: From Strength to Strength!

6 Feb 2017

With this year’s academic cycle half complete, Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and Dublin City Council (DCC) alongside guest of honour, Minister for Enterprise Jobs and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Conner T.D., DCC Chief Executive, Owen Keegan and Dublin City Architect, Ali Grehan, took a moment to celebrate the Power of Design Volunteers of 2015-16.

During the celebrations, Ms. Grehan described how the Power of Design Programme, which all began with a short but brilliant animation called SHAPE (Johhny Kelly, Scott Burnett & Antfood NY, funded by PIVOT Dublin):

“is rooted in both generosity and excellence”

The 27 Power of Design Volunteers of 2015-16 recognised that morning, illustrated this perfectly as each volunteer was a design expert in their own field and together had helped to bring the Power of Design Workshop to some 800 students in the Dublin City area.IMG_1245

6th class students from St. Gabriel’s Cowper Street also joined in the festivities by taking the stage to describe how they had explored the role of a designer with the help of their volunteer.  Their confident presentation clearly demonstrated young peoples’ innate creativity, inventiveness and capacity to design and how the Power of Design Programme has given them a wonderful and unique opportunity to explore a possible future in the world of design.

Having initially reached 200 students in 2015, 800 students in 2016 and with it having been included as a key action under the Dublin Regional Action Plan for Jobs, we are now looking at 2017 with the ambition of reaching 1050 students across 50 schools as well as the extension of the programme’s reach beyond Dublin City, to a national level.