PODCAST: Trevor Birney interviews former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly (1)

In a series of five podcasts, award-winning producer/director Trevor Birney speaks to former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly. Episode One: The Origins. Dessie Donnelly  |  Wed Oct 20 2021
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"A natural inclination to go towards the margins"

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 One, 'The Origins', Dessie talks about the political context on the island of Ireland out of which PPR was born, our fledgling years as a coalition and how we managed different agendas as we evolved into an autonomous and effective voice.

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.