Who can apply for a place on The Ideas Collective?

The Ideas Collective is open to anyone living in Ireland. You must have an idea for a project with a social and/or environmental benefit, or be committed to developing one in the early stages of the programme. You should demonstrate passion, drive, commitment and personal integrity.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Projects should have a social and/or environmental dimension and directly link with one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. We’re particularly interested to hear about ideas that address key priority areas for Suas including

  • Educational disadvantage.
  • Gender inequality.
  • Identity and discrimination.

Projects should fall into one of two categories:

Public Engagement. To increase public awareness and engagement with a social or environmental issue e.g. articles, animations, podcasts, documentaries, events, fundraising, campaigns, petitions, etc.

Innovative Solutions. That deliver a practical solution (product or service) to address a social or environmental issue e.g. technological solutions, website, hackathon, app, volunteering initiatives.

My idea doesn’t fit either of the categories of Public Engagement or Innovative Solutions?

If you are unsure whether your idea is a fit for The Ideas Collective simply call us and speak with Claire at clairef@suas.ie or 01 6621 400.

What experience do I need?

We're looking for a diverse range of participants, with a range of skills and with strong leadership potential. The key characteristic is a commitment to effecting positive social and/or environmental change. Although it's helpful, you do not need any prior experience of putting ideas into action. 

How many people can be in a group/team project?

Team or groups can have a maximum of four members. Each member should bring something unique to the team.

Do all team members need to attend all workshops?

Team members must fully participate in all group sessions and be available to commit at least five hours/week (outside the workshops) to work on your project.

When does the programme take place?

Participants commit to three full weekends:

  • 17th - 18th June
  • 22nd - 23rd July
  • 26th - 27th August.
  • Welcome Evening on Thursday 8th June.

Who facilitates The Ideas Collective?

The Suas Global Citizenship team are the core facilitation team involved in The Ideas Collective. Masterclass facilitators in the past have included: Siobhán O’Donoghue of Uplift, an organisation focused on people-powered change. Artist and photographer Anthony Haughey of DIT’s School of Media. Conall O’Caoimh, co-founder of Value Added in Africa. Darren Ryan, Chief Executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

Can my idea be one event?

Yes, your idea could be for a once-off event.

Where will the training weekends take place?

All training will take place in Dublin city centre.

Is there a participation fee?

We are asking participants to contribute €50 if a student/unwaged and €100 if an employee to cover the costs of their participation in the programme. The real programme cost is over €500 however with funding from Irish Aid we have subsidised the programme.

Are travel and accommodation costs covered?

Suas can cover travel costs for attendance at training weekends for participants within Ireland, however accommodation costs cannot be covered.

Is there funding available to participants?

Individuals and teams can avail of a small amount of seed funding to help get projects off the ground. Applicants are asked to indicate when applying what costs may be involved in their project. Applicants are not guaranteed that they will receive seed funding.

When will the interviews take place?

Interviews will take place in Dublin on a rolling basis from mid-April 2017. If you cannot attend in person we can arrange a Skype or phone interview.