The Freelancers Forum

With Dublin City Council’s Local Enterprise Office

Thurs 4th Oct 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

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Welcome

The Freelancers Forum is Ireland’s biggest and best gathering for Freelancers and independent workers. The Freelancers Forum offers great networking, loads of practical advice and tips, a chance to see the bigger picture, and loads of great craic. Think productivity, finances, health and wellbeing, co-working, technology, your rights, collaborations, research, and loads more.

 

You will take home with you these benefits:

  • Top Practical tips on how to be a successful freelancer
  • The latest knowledge on tech platforms and how to use them for your benefit
  • Loads of new contacts for starting new collaborations, advice, and networking
  • Insights to the Future of Work and future work trends

Thursday 4th October 2018

9.30am to 5.00pm

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The Agenda

The  major themes that will be explored in talks, presentations, surgeries and panel discussions.

Session One – 9.30am The Attributes of a Successful Freelancer

Exploring the attributes of success – what it takes on a practical and philosophical level to make it as a Freelancer. These freelancers are expert in their field and have amazing stories as well as a heap of practical take-aways.

  • Louise Horgan – Personal well being coach
  • Turan Mirza – Feel Good Hypnosis
  • Conor Houston – Houston Solutions
  • Ruth Medjber – Ruthless Imagery 
  • Nialler9 – Music blogger and DJ
  • Dave Dunn – Financial magician

Session Two - 11.00am Going it Alone is Better With Others

Freelancers are starting to organise. They know that they can create new models of collaborating that maintain their independence and yet create brilliant and funky ways of working with others to up their game. These insights share some of the new ways that Freelancers are tapping into the potential of joining up.

  • Michelle Reid – Business to Arts
  • Amanda Scott – Personal Boardroom
  • Fabian Wallace Stephens – RSA (UK)
  • Bryan McGarrigle – Huckletree Co-Working Space
  • Agata Stoinska – Founder, DLight Studios
  • Sharon Greene, Dublin Flea Market and Queens of Neon

Session Three - 2.00pm The Big Picture: How Freelancing is Changing the Way We Work

The world of work is changing rapidly – driven by technology, changing consumer demands, and a fundamental change in the employment expectations of the workforce. The response to these changes is being experienced by individuals, but how are companies, government and local authorities reacting? Some are embracing the new paradigm while others are stressing about it. Here is a chance to look at the big picture from both sides – the challenges and the opportunities for society. These speakers are the leading experts in this topic.

  • Simon McVicker – CEO, IPSE (UK)
  • Michael Doherty – NUI Maynooth
  • Andrew Burke – Dean, Trinity Business School
  • Paolo Falco – Economist, OECD
  • Mary McSweeney – Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City Council

Session Four - 15.30pm Expert Surgeries

With so much expertise in the room, it would be a crime not to make the most of it. We have organised a suite of surgeries and experiences for you to get access to the detail of the things you need to know.

Surgeries:

  • How to make the most of G-Suite and all things tech – Fintan Murphy, Damson Cloud
  • Accounting for success – anything you need – Dave Dunn
  • Top tips for LinkedIn – Niall Parfitt, Digital Niall
  • Nailing your on-line presence – Orla Fitzmaurice, PagePixie
  • How hypnosis can help improve your mindset – Turan Mirza, Feel Good Hypnosis
  • Essentials of success in Social Media – Dave Hayes – In the Company of Huskies
  • How Freelancers can build collaborations – Fabian Wallace Stephens, RSA
  • Well-being as a Freelancer – Louise Horgan, LouYoga
  • Been There, Done that! How I learned to maximise income on My Freelance Journey, Jimmy Sheehan, Contracting Plus

Facilitated Networking

At Freelancers. Forum we are passionate about networking and facilitation. One of the pleasures of sharing a short lived but magical space like this is the amount of potential and opportunity that exists within the people who are here to learn and share. We will help you talk to the right people and to make the most of the learning that this event offers.

6.00pm The Office Party at The Wiley Fox

Who doesn’t love a good office party. It may well be the one thing that you regret from your old days at the big office bash. The Freelancers Forum is creating the Office Party at the lovely Wiley Fox bar for you to let down your hair and dance the night away in the company of brand new friends and colleagues. DJ Pete Pamf, complimentary beer and food!

Thursday 4th October 2018

9.30am to 5.00pm

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The Speakers

Paolo Falco – Economist, OECD

Paolo is Labour Market Economist at the OECD, in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. He previously held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford, where he continues to work with the Centre for the Study of African Economies (Department of Economics). His research interests are in the fields of Applied Micro, Labour and Behavioural Economics, with a focus on developing countries. Paolo holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Niall Byrne – Nialler9

Niall Byrne is the influential music enthusiast at the helm of the most-read site for new music in Ireland at Nialler9.com. Niall writes weekly columns about music for the Irish Times every week and can also frequently be found DJing at his club night Lumo or hosting Nialler9-curated music events.  Recently, Niall has been delving into music supervision curating music for TV, ads and film with Avant Music Port. He is the manager of rising Irish electro-pop band Le Boom.

Fintan Murphy – Damson Cloud

Fintan Murphy is CEO and Founder of Damson Cloud, one of Europe’s leading Google Cloud Partners. Damson Cloud has helped hundreds of organisations leverage the cloud and transform their teams. As a change management and business transformation expert, Fintan helps businesses bring the new way of working to their organisations. Breaking apart old outdated business processes and leveraging the cloud to give employees and businesses the freedom of a modern Digital Workplace.

Prof. Andrew Burke – Trinity Business School

Professor Andrew Burke is Dean of Trinity Business School and the Chair of Business Studies. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin and a Board member of the University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub. He is widely published in top ranked international journals including the Harvard Business Review and Journal of Management Studies. His work has been presented at the EU Commission, World Trade Organization, HM’s Treasury, UK Houses of Commons and Lords as well as through media such as BBC Breakfast Television and the Working Lunch. 

Amanda Scott – Personal Boardroom

As a coach, facilitator and network educator, Amanda shows you how your network can give you the edge when surviving change, scaling performance, or developing your capability as a leader. The challenge is to know how to select relationships to fit with your changing needs. 

Michael Doherty – NUI Maynooth

Michael Doherty is an expert commentator on all things legal concerning employment law. Of course gig economy and independent working challenges the established ways of hiring and firing. He lectures and researches in the areas of employment and labour law, industrial relations law and policy, and EU law. Michael is a frequent media contributor on labour market issues. He has been active in working with civil society organisations, such as the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Ballymun Neighborhood Project and the Northside Community Law Centre.

Fabian Wallace Stephens – RSA-UK

Fabian is a Researcher and Data Analyst in the RSA’s Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing Team and Future Work Centre. He is particularly interested in self-employment, the gig-economy and the impacts of technology on jobs and has co-authored several recent RSA reports on these topics. He currently leads the Future Work Awards – a search for innovations from around the world that are emerging to address the challenges workers face in finding, creating and sustaining good work.

Read Fabian’s blog. | Follow Fabian on Twitter @fabian_ws  

Louise Horgan

Lou came to yoga 20 years ago when she was in her mid-twenties. Yoga has been at the foundation of all the accomplishments she has enjoyed in life and has guided her through all the challenges she has faced. Lou’s training has taken her from remote ashrams of the Himalayas, through ardent training from some of the most influential teachers in the West.

In the 16 years of teaching yoga in Dublin Lou has guided over 4,000 women through their pregnancies and over 1,000 couples through active birth workshops. She is considered one of the cities most highly regarded teachers and has run her own private studio since the summer of 2017. 

Conor Houston – CEO Houston Solutions

Conor left the world of Law to build his own identity in the Freelance world. His experience and success in making this transition holds great inspiration for all Freelancers, especially aspiring ones. He currently provides trusted strategic advice to senior leaders across business, government, the third sector and entertainment industry. As Director at Houston Solutions Ltd he has provided strategic solutions to dozens of companies, including a global consultancy firm based in London. Conor is also the Head of Engagement for Digital DNA – the largest tech & digital conference in Northern Ireland which connects businesses to understand and harness technology to grow their business

Agata Stoinska – D-Light Studios

Founder of D-Light Studios, BLOW Photo and maven46, Agata Stoinska, is an architect and photographer. For the last 14 years She has been developing her own creative business, in 2008 opened D-Light Studios. In 2015 she co-founded maven46 – an interactive fashion, beauty and lifestyle online platform featuring shoppable and data driven content.  Always learning and developing new holistic skills, in 2018 she became an NLP Master Practitioner and a certified Yoga Instructor.

Turan Mirza – Feel Good Hypnosis

Background Turan’s background as an entrepreneur saw him help grow a three-man company into a £34m Oil&Gas Business that sold in 2013. Moving from Engineer, to Software Manager to Director of Engineering was a full-time job but he still found time to not only be a husband and father of four but also to develop his skills as a hypnotist. In the world of business Turan helps people over come issues such as procrastination and with issues where people are ‘stuck’ within their mind about what their true potential is.

Michelle Reid – Business to Arts

Michelle is Arts Programme Manager at Business to Arts, a membership-based, charitable organisation that brokers, enables and supports creative partnerships between businesses, individuals and the arts. Their arts affiliate members extends from individual artists to the National Cultural Institutions, and include all art forms. Michelle also manages Fundit.ie, the all-Ireland crowdfunding platform for creative projects. Michelle and the Fundit.ie team are all local experts in fundraising and the cultural and creative industries, who support hundreds of project creators throughout their crowdfunding campaigns each year.  

Simon McVicker – IPSE

Simon is responsible ensuring IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) remains an influential voice among Ministers, civil servants and Members of Parliament. A key element of his role is to act as a spokesperson on Public Affairs issues, working in conjunction with the Chairman and the CEO on major topics of concern. Most recently Simon has overseen IPSE’s involvement in the Matthew Taylor review of Modern Working Practices, and subsequent government consultations. He has also orchestrated IPSE’s strategy to oppose the Government’s plans to reform the controversial IR35 rules. Simon has worked in policy and public affairs for over twenty-five years.

Ruth Medjber – Ruthless Imagery

Photographer Ruth Medjber was born in Dublin to Irish/Algerian parents. Through her work as a live music photographer she has captured Internationally renowned acts like Beyonce, Metallica, JayZ, Green Day, Muse, Madonna and more. With her AAA pass she has gained unprecedented ‘behind the scenes’ access to Electric Picnic and has even covered the Stone Roses in Marley Park. Most recently, Ruth has been working backstage with Arcade Fire documenting their 2018 tour. At home in Dublin you can find Ruth in her studio where she creates album artwork and promotional photographs for local musicians as well as focusing her attention on gender balance in the music industry by celebrating Irish female musicians with her portrait series “Women Of Notes”.

Orla Fitzmaurice – Page Pixie

“Orla helps freelancers and startups bring their big ideas to the world.  She has been a website designer for over 15 years and has founded several startups, including Buyers’ Broker International, placeEngage and Cottageology, so she understands the challenges and rewards of full-time freelancing.  She started pagepixie.com to help manage the mischief and headaches that tech can cause when you are starting out, providing a supportive website co-creation service.  Every new business is just a prototype – starting small and knowing how to make changes quickly means your website can evolve as your business grows.”

Dave Dunn – Group Facilitator

Dave Dunn facilitates groups in a variety of settings: delivering workshops and training; chairing AGMs; with youth groups; supporting planning and brainstorming sessions; MCing open mic nights; leading laughter workshops; and more. He also delivers group facilitation skills training courses. Dave also does other things: with creative events group Queens of Neon, runs a youth area at EarthSong Camps, is part of the Dublin Flea Market, provides business support to startup entrepreneurs and works in event production. He has a BSc in Mathematical Physics. dave.dunn.ie

Sharon Greene – Dublin Flea Market

Sharon Greene is multi-disciplinary artist and creative consultant. She set up Queens of Neon in 2008 as a platform for creative exploration and artistic collaboration. Sharon is the co-founder and organiser of the Dublin Flea Market, a monthly second-hand market that has been running in Dublin since 2008. She is the Creative Director of the Dublin Flea Christmas Market, which provides a platform for 270 Irish based creative start-ups and small business enterprises to showcase and sell their work to an audience of 35k+ Christmas shoppers.

The Freelancers Behind Freelancers

Peter O’Brien – Happenings

I am founder of Happenings (a renowned socially focused events business) and still consider myself a Freelancer, having always worked for myself. Before Happenings I had many lives from professional golf to managing music bands and events to a range of green businesses and social causes. These all came together and I finally landed on Happenings. We have been organising culturally alternative events in Dublin and nationwide for 10 years.

Michael Donnelly – Second Nature

Michael is a freelance facilitator and founder of The Freelancers Forum. “I have been freelancing for the past 12 years and love the lifestyle and the freedom it affords. For the past six years I have been part of a collective based in the Netherlands called Perspectivity. It is a group of freelancers who chose to collaborate closely together to share a brand and a set of values while maintaining their personal freedom to choose what they worked on and who they work with.

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The Venue

D-LIGHT STUDIOS, 46 NORTH GREAT CLARENCE STREET, DUBLIN

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