Chicago Thought Leadership Event – An Opportunity to Progress our Systems Shifting Goals

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We were delighted to host a number of leaders at a recent Thought Leadership Event at the Irish Consulate in Chicago Illinois. The theme for our evening was 2Generation Approaches for Disability and the Opportunity for Systems Shifting in Ireland & Beyond.

Our families tell us that our 2 Generation approach is working for them, our research and evidence gathering confirms it. This drives our vision to go beyond change at an incremental level and work with our collaboration partners to shift the system which is holding us back, by limiting the opportunities for all families to experience real participation and transformation in how they live their lives with better health.

We are grateful to Kevin Byrne Consul General for generously hosting the event and to Mae Hong, Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for leading the discussion. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors are leading a global debate on how philanthropy can adopt a systems shifting focus. Amongst our thought leaders was Teresa Eckrich Sommer from Northwestern University (Chicago), a world leading authority on evidencing 2 Generation approaches.

Thank you also to the representatives from The Aspen Institute, Northwestern University, The Ireland Funds, Turnstone of Indiana, The Ability Centre (Milwaukee), The Coleman Foundation, The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, Indiana’s Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities and UCC (University College Cork) Alumni for a very worthwhile discussion and a commitment to collaborating to achieve a systems shift.

At Crann, we know disability impacts on the fabric of each family, it impacts on health & wellbeing and limits their opportunities for participation and advancement in education, work and social opportunities. This is why we are building a global collective of stakeholders, health professionals, peer organisations, world leading academics, researchers and impact measurement leaders to strengthen the impact of our programmes and build the evidence base. We are leveraging our collective energies to shift the system of how people with disabilities experience support and opportunities for participation.

If you are interested in exploring ways to partner with The Crann Centre, we would be delighted to have you with us on this shifting systems journey. Contact Evelyn Power on

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