PODCAST: Trevor Birney interviews former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly (4)

In a series of five podcasts, award-winning producer/director Trevor Birney speaks to former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly. Episode Four: The History Dessie Donnelly  |  Mon Nov 15 2021
Lower Shankill community protests to secure their rights in a local regeneration initiative (2009)
"we don't just do something because "that's what we do". We will throw something away very quickly if it is not being effective"

In the summer of 2021, as PPR appointed our new Director, Chloë Trew, we worked with the award-winning producer/director, Trevor Birney to capture the learning of the previous two decades.

Throughout this fascinating series of podcasts, Trevor interviews PPR's former Director, Dessie Donnelly to explore the origins of PPR, the seminal influence of Inez McCormack, how we engage with power, deal with adversity and deliver change.

Reflecting on our journey, while responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, the podcasts are a behind the scenes look at PPR - the wins, the losses and the lessons for the future.

In Episode Four, 'The History', Dessie looks back at seminal moments in PPR's history and discusses what has made the approach such a success.

Dessie Donnelly is former Director, and one of the original staff members, of Belfast based Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) organisation. Prior to working with PPR, Dessie was an organiser in the USA and Irish labour movements. Dessie is also a software developer and certified Linux administrator with an interest in leveraging the power of free and open source software in support of social movements and mutual aid networks.