ADHD – neamhord hipirghníomhaíochta an easnaimh airde (NHEA)

Ar dTús. Níor thug mé aird ort Ar dtús. Bhí cuidiú uaim A dúirt tú, aríst, Ag faire, ag fanacht Le troid uaim. Ró-thuirseach Ró-bhrónach Le troid. Racht géillte Do mo nochtadh. Ró-fhada domh Do mo thachtadh. Moladh gaoithe Ráfla inchinne Bealach ar strae. Ansin a chuimil tú, Glacfaidh an oilithreacht seo Smidiríní mo shaoil Le grian bheag a thógáil A lasfaidh fad an bhealaigh A fhad le diagnóis. B’fhéidir é Nach ormsa An locht ar fad. Nár chomh fada eatarthu Saol fíorscaoilte Saol fíorchróga Agus a bhreac mé síos Ar phár mo dhíograis le peann mo chroí Ar chumhaidh an oileáin. Ach tusa bheith ann Lámh liom Croí liom Chaoinfinn Uisce mo chinn. Caillim Leathchuid a deir tú Go fóill. Ach anois Tá fáilte le feasacht. Iarraim maithiúnas ort Le tosnú aríst. *** Tá cumhaidh an oileáin go tiubh thart orm anocht. Ach ní cuimhin liom an ag fagáil nó ag teacht ar ais atá mé? *** Fuair mé diagnóis ADHD/NHEA i 2016 nuair a bhí mé 44 bliain d’aois. Ag an am ní raibh a fhios agam ach go raibh imní ar mo bhean Emma go raibh early onset alzheimers ag teacht orm. Ní raibh maith ar bith ionam

New Track: Bangoriana

I enjoyed doing this. I went for a bit of a groove and just played around a bit. Unfortunately, this kind of repetitive work seems likely to give Emma a seizure, so I’ll be using headphones for this sort of work! I’ll be releasing stuff like this under the moniker The Woodfrog Conspiracy. What I particularly enjoyed in this: Transitions – I was working on a sleight-of-hand principle. Don’t transition to a new groove unless you’ve distracted the listener first. Chording – I didn’t care if things were layered in different keys. If I liked it, it stayed. Surprises – different layers, rhythms, melodies combined in different ways can make patterns emerge that I didn’t expect. I knew this would happen, but it’s always a fun surprise when it does.  I like mixing genres. Who knew. (That’s a really funny joke for anyone who knows me. Really funny. #ADHDBoy) http://soundcloud.com/anthonymccann/bangoriana-1  

10 Thoughts and A Poem (For times of crisis and political despair)

  General thoughts if you didn’t vote for the people who are now in charge of the professional political power structures that govern you, when it is also pretty clear they don’t care about how many people get harmed or killed in their pursuit of the economic- or power-grabbing interests of the privileged few: 1. You may feel overwhelmed. You may feel like you can’t do anything, like it’s all gone to hell. If this is the case, you are losing sight of yourself, and of your place in the world. Sometimes people influence us to do that. Sometimes we do that ourselves. Either way, bring it all back home. You are sufficient, more than sufficient. Everything you need to be strong and courageous has always been available to you. Remember where you are. Who you’re with. What you love. Who you love. Where you love. The anthem of resilience is the beating of the human heart. 2. Trust the way things run against your grain. Resistance is first and foremost a physiological reaction. Anger is often a helpful response to extreme conditions. 3. Anger as a response to conditions doesn’t last. If you are staying angry, you’re generating that

Not Our Circus, Not Our Monkeys #GE2017

It’s a really important time in Northern Ireland. It is now that we can refocus on the possibilities of politics as a hard-edged commitment to nurturing, inclusiveness, and openness. At a shallow level, Northern Irish politics has recently been driven into cul-de-sacs by certain members of an increasingly well-remunerated political class, who often seem to find themselves having too much fun engaging in ritualised battle to concern themselves with the work of transforming Northern Ireland that they have actually been tasked with, and for which they are being paid. All of the patient work of the peace process was in order to achieve structural change in governance following a long period of conflict, killings, sectarian exclusion, discrimination, corruption, and state-sanctioned murder. Some (not me) would argue that at least one side of the paramilitary activity was a normal response to all of that under abnormal conditions, and others (not me) would likely argue something similar about the paramilitary responses from the other side in retaliation. Either way, almost all of the structural gains can be wiped out overnight if certain things happen over the next few days as they seem to be shaping up. If the Conservatives form a government

Performing The Heart of Care (Compassionate Care conference presentation)

Here’s a link to a PDF of the presentation I gave at the Compassionate Care conference at Teeside University in April. The presentation develops on some of the points I made in earlier talks I gave in Toronto and Tasmania with regards to our attempts to practice kindness, compassion, and healing care in culturally unsustainable and toxic environments. The programme of the Compassionate Care conference is below. McCann The Heart of Care Teesside 2015    

Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures (Helsinki) conference proceedings

All the material related to the Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures conference (Helsinki, 6-8 May 2015) is now available at the conference website: Streamed plenary sessions with the keynote speeches: http://www.culturalsustainability.eu/helsinki2015/programme/conference-programme#videos  Students’ reflections from the conference: http://www.culturalsustainability.eu/final-conference/Reflections_2.pdf List of abstracts:  http://congress.cc.jyu.fi/helsinki2015/schedule/proceed.html List of participants: http://www.culturalsustainability.eu/final-conference/COSTconferenceparticipants_all.pdf The final publication of the COST Action IS 1007 “Culture in, as and for Sustainable Development” and the Executive Summary: http://www.culturalsustainability.eu/outputs Hard copies can also be delivered if requested. Feel free to share the information about the publication and the conference in your networks. You may use the media release which is attached and also available at: http://www.culturalsustainability.eu/final-conference/Mediarelease.pdf On behalf of all the conference organisers, Katriina and Sari Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures | 6-8 May 2015 | Helsinki  

FIFA Needs Top To Bottom Overhaul If It Is To Survive

More on this story: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/fifa-needs-toptobottom-overhaul-if-it-is-to-survive-20150604-ghgduy.html “Now that the highest person in FIFA has stepped down, we are left wondering how wide and deep the corruption goes and whether there is any hope of recovery for FIFA. “In his speech before the FIFA Congress last week, held under a dark cloud of bribery and corruption charges against several executive members, Sepp Blatter refused to take full responsibility and defied calls for him to stand down. As head of the organisation, Blatter admitted that ultimate responsibility lay with him, but he was quick to add that there was a need to share the responsibility with executive committee members. In his and the organisation’s defence, Blatter claimed that it was impossible to be responsible for everyone in the organisation, and implored the FIFA “family” to work together to rectify things. “In his resignation as FIFA boss a few days later, Blatter admitted that the organisation required a profound overhaul and deep-rooted structural change. These changes included a smaller FIFA executive body, democratic and transparent election of FIFA executives, shorter terms of office and integrity checks. Not unsurprisingly, Blatter recommended himself as the person to drive FIFA’s transformation and restore public trust. “Was Blatter’s desperate

Taking A Naval Approach to Culture Change

More on this story: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2015/06/05/taking-naval-approach-culture-change/ “Achieving culture change is more about getting managers to change the way they behave rather than frontline social workers. This is never an easy task, but lessons can be learnt from the Australian Navy. In 2011 it was ordered to improve leadership at every level following reports detailing inefficient and out-dated practices as well as an alcohol fuelled culture across the service. It’s new chief launched a systematic approach to cultural change, a key element of the programme was peer review: that is asking and telling colleagues if their behaviour had changed.”