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Date: April 4th, 2020 at 09:30 to April 5th, 2020 at 17:00
Venue: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, 46 Grand Parade, Cork

This Workshop has been postponed in line with current Government advice. If you have purchased a ticket, you will be contacted. For more information, please contact:


Creativity and change Masterclass Programme 2020

Creativity and Change masterclasses are an opportunity for inspirational, intensive and in depth engagement over two days. Delivered by facilitators with specific expertise and experience, the programme is designed around the identified gaps and expressed interests of practitioners. Each masterclass is a deep dive into a specific method that can be used to explore change-making, global citizenship and social justice.All the trainings take place at the weekends and in various locations in Cork City. General enquiries can be made to

Here’s a link to where you can find the video series created at last years masterclasses:

Event 3

Workshop title: Narrative Works

Subtitle: Story telling for Social Change.

Dates: April 4th & 5th

Time: 9:30-5pm

Venue:  CIT Crawford College of Art and Design.

            46 Grand Parade

Cost: €50 (The cost is subsidised by our partner Irish Aid Development Education Unit)

Trainer: Clare Mulvany

Closing date for registration: Friday April 3rd


Clare Mulvany is an experienced writer, leadership mentor, storyteller and educator. She has an MSc in International Education from the University of Oxford and is the author of ‘One Wild Life- A Journey to Discover People who Change our World’, published by Collins Press. Previously a lecturer in English Literature at China’s top university, Peking University, she was a founding member of Suas- one of Ireland’s leading educational non-profits where she lead a leadership programmes in India and Kenya. She later went on to co-found The Trailblazery- an organisation which hosts cutting edge talks and learni“A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make nations sick... Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart larger’ Ben Okri

Workshop description

The stories we tell change the way we see the world, and how we participate in it. Systems are held up by stories, and to change the system we must learn to change the narratives. When we can learn to question the current stories, and craft new more inclusive and visionary ones, we can shift the way we beliefs are held, and how society works. Systemic change requires crafting, systemic narratives. Here, our words matter, how we use emotion matter, and how we message the problems we are seeking to solve matters.

But what types of stories should we be telling? Who should be telling them? And how best can we effectively inspire action with stories?

As a story-teller, her craft was honed as an international documentary photographer when her camera led her to tell stories for social change organisations from Eastern Africa, Asia and as far away as the Pacific Islands. Alongside this, she is a classically trained hatha yoga teacher and teaches a regular class and workshops. Clare is a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardee and The Irish Times named her as one of Ireland’s 60 most creative people. She lives in Schull, West Cork, often seen swimming in the sea, while her little dog waits on shore for her to return.

In this workshop you will:

Learn about narrative framing for social change in your project or organisation

Understand different types of stories for different outcomes (stories as light, web and glue)

Discover the science of storytelling and how to capture emotion for impact and meaning

Create a story-map for your project or organisation

Craft a vision story for the change you want to see in the world

Explore the role of visual storytelling in creating compelling narratives

Experience a range of story crafting tools including empathy circles, story harvesting and story salons.

Learn to practice and prototype your stories

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