PODCAST: Trevor Birney interviews former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly (3)

In a series of five podcasts, award-winning producer/director Trevor Birney speaks to former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly. Episode Three: The Approach Dessie Donnelly  |  Mon Nov 08 2021
Participants at PPR's 2013 Tools for Action annual activist school
"the relationships that PPR develops over time are only as good as they are of service to grassroots campaigns"

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 Three, 'The Approach', Trevor and Dessie explore the related themes of power and participation in campaigns, how these play out in relationship with other NGOs and communities, and how to sustain effective activism through building a nimble organisation with a healthy culture.

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.