Project Experience

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 Cultivate's Davie Philip with President Michael D. HIggins

Following is a quick summary of just a few of the consulting and project experiences that Cultivate have undertaken:

  • Training, entrepreneurship - Green Works: Cultivate received significant funding from the Department of Education through the Labour Market Activation Fund 2011 for a training programme that we designed and developed that was focused exclusively on the green economy. Over ten months we trained over eighteen hundred students. 2010-2011
  • Research and writing – Green Strategy: Cultivate delivered research and writing to the Offaly Local Development company on a Green Strategy in the areas of community sustainability, energy management/ efficiency, renewable energies and green business opportunities and jobs. The strategy proposes methods to engage interested parties through training, events, tools and methodologies. 2012
  • Research and writing – Dynamo Effect: Cultivate also delivered research and writing on the Dynamo Effect project in partnership with Near FM co-financed by the European Commission and Intelligent Energy Europe. The aim of Dynamo Effect was to reduce the gap between European countries in intelligent energy use and sustainable mobility. We provided the research to support 30 radio programmes exploring a range of issues in the area of sustainability. 2009-2010
  • Enterprise, local economy - North Tipperary Green Enterprise Park: Ben Whelan was responsible for the development, strategy and vision for the successful funding application to Enterprise Ireland for the construction of a community enterprise centre in Cloughjordan.  2008 to present
  • Events – Global Green @ the Electric Picnic: Cultivate develops and manages an area within the festival, Global Green, which is focused on green, sustainable and ethical organisations.  The festival organisers have given increasing space and promotion to this each year. Throughout the festival, activities and showcases present sustainability to a large audience in a fun and engaging way. 2007 to present
  • Events, local economy - Totally Tipperary: Cultivate played a leading role in the development of this successful local Cloughjordan festival. We ran the talks tents and were instrumental in organisation and running of the event. Event participants: 700+. 2011
  • Events, networking – Convergence: Our flagship event running since 2000, Convergence is Ireland’s longest running sustainability festival featuring seminars, conferences, lectures and special events that has covered all the major themes of sustainability. 2000 to present
  • Events, health & spirit - Health & Yoga Days and Kick Start: Cultivate ran a series of large health-related festivals. Dance, Yoga, therapies, martial arts, arts and much more featured in these grassroots gatherings with a communal, festive atmosphere. Event participants: 500+  2008 - 2010
  • Outreach, engagement - Today FM climate competition: Cultivate and RPS devised and acted as judges on the national CHANGE contest on Today FM which was hosted by Matt Cooper. This was held over four months where households competed to reduce their environmental and carbon footprint.  2008
  • Business and network support activity: Cultivate founded and hosts the Dublin Green Building Users Group, Éasca (the Environmental and Sustainable Construction Association), and was on the founding committee of the North Tipperary Green Business Network. Ongoing 2006 to present.
  • Inter-agency/cross-border - Challenge Europe: The project brings together ambitious young people who want to make a lasting impact on climate change. Challenge Europe enables these ”Climate Advocates”, coming from 15 European countries and all walks of life, to improve their knowledge of climate change issues and provides a platform for them to develop innovative and practical ideas that will reduce carbon use. 2009-2011
  • Inter-agency/cross-border - Carnegie Trust: Cultivate has an ongoing working relationship with the Carnegie Trust in the UK. Most recently we have worked as a development catalyst on their rural resilience community of practice alongside Tipperary Institute. The Community of Practice is there to make sure that the resourcefulness and innovation of communities in one part of the UK and Ireland can be shared with everyone else. People meet people they didn’t realise they needed to meet – both in person and through on-line platforms. 2009-2011