Archive for the ‘Basra’ Category

Action!

6 November, 2006

BBC Films are currently in Dublin filming The Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes mystery for BBC One and Children’s BBC. 

The exterior of the building which houses the 4Basra office (which was perhaps a sitting room or dining room once upon a time) is being used in the film. 

However, the crew have also hung blinds and curtains in the front window and left a bit of a mess in the office after filming yesterday. 

As they are due back next Sunday, on the very slim chance that you’re reading guys, could you please leave the room as you found it next weekend?

Conscious Consumerism

6 November, 2006

Consumer tastes are notoriously fickle, changing at an ever-faster pace.  

Nonetheless, contributions from the ubiquitous ‘Red’ campaign – Motorola mobile phones, The Independent newspaper, Ipods, credit cards, etc. – recently topped $10 million. 

As yesterday’s Sunday Times reported, Ali Hewson’s Edun ethical fashion range is another recent example. 

Closer to home, Oxfam Ireland launched The Cake Sale: a 9-song CD by a loose and expansive collection of well-known musicians and writers. 

As the trend continues, it seems that like any other business, the companies and charities co-operating in these ventures will have to be both leaders and followers: shaping the direction of campaigns while at the same time adapting to consumer tastes.

Do Iraqi Terrorists Have Internet Access?

26 October, 2006

Last week I learned of the sad news of a well-known female gynaecologist in Basra. 

Dr Youssra Hashem was killed on her way to work, shortly as she left her home.

Read more on the subject in my piece for Village magazine.

 

BBC Radio 4 Today in Basra

25 October, 2006

Journalist John Humphrys reported from Basra this week for the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Listen to the ‘Reconstruction and Corruption’ report as he speaks to the Director of one of the city’s hospitals and describes the conditions there.

Ashoka Ireland Interview

17 October, 2006

This afternoon I had a telephone interview with Paul O’Hara of Ashoka Ireland.

Although I have not made the shortlist for the Ashoka Ireland fellowship, it was a pleasure to describe the short history of the 4Basra project and enlighten Paul as to the direction I hope it will take. 

The interview was by no means a waste of time; quite the opposite in fact. Paul was kind enough to suggest how I might find a mentor.

What are the qualities needed in a suitable mentor?

This should be someone entrepreneurial who has startup experience – which doesn’t necessarily have to be in the non-profit sector.

They need to have encountered similar issues and problems to those I will face.

And the mentoring process shouldn’t be time consuming for either one of us. Paul, for example mentioned that he arranged to meet his mentor once a month for breakfast.

Paul also suggested some organisations I might be able to approach for assistance. These include: Irish Aid, Dóchas and Boardmatch Ireland.

When I get a moment I will be able to research these organisations further and think about approaching them.