Community-let innovation network focused on grassroots networks and organisations that are deeply embedded within their communities, and who seek to tackle the everyday challenges experienced by individuals and neighbourhoods.
Meet your Network Facilitators...
Rebecca Watterson and Monica Nagore are co-ordinating the community-led innovation network on behalf of The Young Foundation.
Rebecca is the programme officer and part of The Young Foundation’s Amplify NI team, based in Belfast. She’s interested in hearing the stories of people whose voices sometimes get lost.
Prior to joining The Young Foundation, Rebecca worked as Operations Manager for The Book Reserve, a social enterprise that employs young ex-offenders who are also parents, trying to break the inter-generational link in offending. She also has significant experience in private sector businesses from large corporates to smaller local organisations. Rebecca has a particular interest in how for-profit organisations can develop and maintain meaningful social purpose.
Rebecca is currently completing a Bachelor’s Degree, with The Open University in Social History, focusing particularly on ‘History from Below’. She expects to pursue further studies focusing on Irish heritage in the underclasses, working classes, and forgotten people.
Outside of her work with The Young Foundation, Rebecca is involved in tackling gender inequalities, being an active committee member for Lean In Belfast. She also developed and delivered sessions to NEETs and under-achievers on finding their passions and helping them to find or create a job that fits with their values and desires, as well as helping to build their confidence and resilience.
Mónica is a Senior Associate at the Young Foundation, specializing in European and International Projects. She has a long track record and keen interest in social innovation, previously working for the City of York Council as Innovation Manager. Her past experience has involved facilitating and piloting a range of participatory civic projects, including open innovation models for involving citizens in public design, people-centred approaches for re-designing public services, and improved models for access to social services for at-risk groups.
Monica is passionate about people and believes that believes technology provides us a golden opportunity to involve a much wider group in the change and decision-making processes we need for a better world. Do not miss it!