A reminder that midnight tomorrow, Tuesday 31 March, is the deadline for logging ideas to the Ideas Campaign website.
The Ideas Campaign is getting a huge response, not only in Ireland but also from Irish people across the globe. You may have seen Aileen O’Toole on the Late Late Show last Friday night, have heard one of the dozens of radio interviews they’ve given and have read about the campaign in the newspapers.
The Ideas Campaign has a following in 115 countries, with some serious traffic being recorded in the US, the UK and on mainland Europe. It is also popular with Chinese bloggers who, it is understood by the Campaign, think this citizens’ campaign is important to the future of democracy…
Tomorrow is not the end of this independent, non-political campaign. In fact, it’s just the beginning. The Ideas Campaign will be making an important announcement in a few days’ time.
The campaign team and volunteers are working flat out to keep on top of the emails, the messages and, of course, the ideas that are flowing in.
Teams from four accountancy firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC) started work today to help us process and categorise the ideas that have been received.
The Ideas Campaign Advisory Group has started work on the action plan. They include people like Paul Rellis (MD, Microsoft Ireland), Moya Doherty (Riverdance), Kieran McGowan (ex CEO of the IDA), Alan Gray (Economist), Sean Gallagher (of Dragon’s Den) and Paul Mooney (National College of Ireland). Also, the advisory panel has a new member — Patrick Collison, the technology entrepreneur. Yes, that Patrick Collison from Limerick who hit the headlines a year ago when he and his teenage brother sold their business.
So if you’ve got a bright idea to revive the economy then put it on the website now. And if you’re stuck for some inspiration, read some of the sample ideas that have been posted to the campaign website every day. Go to