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Using our skills to work with others
As well as offering its services to an array of visiting students and foreign guests interested in the history and politics of this place, Stratagem has taken on the professional challenge - in all cases pro bono - of leadership in the Helsinki Iraq Project (providing the International Secretariat to support NI and SA politicians engage with Iraqi counterparts, firstly from a forest in Finland and latterly in Baghdad itself). We have also helped found the Forum on Cities in Transition www.citiesintransition.net (drawing together four cities including our own Derry / Londonderry, Kirkuk, Nicosia and Mitrovica – now joined by six others: Haifa, Ramallah, Beirut, Jerusalem, Kaduna and Mostar to share insights and learn about overcoming conflict together). They will meet in Derry-Londonderry in May 2011.
Stratagem has been involved in the creation of the Northern Ireland Foundation www.nifoundation.net (a local charitable expression of the Shared Future and Cohesion agenda) and undertook a week of developmental workshops and lectures in Colombia for the Irish development agency Trócaire.
Stratagem has been recognised by Arts and Business, The UK Chambers of Commerce, The Charities Aid Foundation and The Irish News for its work in this arena.
Personal and Career Development
Since its inception, Stratagem has had a tradition of giving back to the community by encouraging our team to undertake professional work voluntarily for a range of non-profit organisations. We actively encourage staff to become involved in areas outside of work including volunteering with organisations and sitting on their boards, by providing training through the Arts and Business Young Professionals Board Bank and support with expenses, managerial support and dedicated leave.
Stratagem's activity reflects our corporate values while facilitating the personal interests and passions of our team. Current commitments include public affairs work for 'Where is My Public Servant' (WIMPS), a project of Public Achievement. The Board memberships of our team range from local arts groups including Beyond Skin and the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival to local organisations addressing social disadvantage here in Northern Ireland such as the Housing Rights Service.
Further afield, Stratagem staff have contributed to the Scottish anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth as a trustee, as well as one of our team joining the AIUK Charitable Trust, and also Share Uganda.
Quintin Oliver also helped found and is the first Chair of the social enterprise, The Consultation Institute. We contribute regularly as speakers on Common Purpose training programmes, and corporately Stratagem is represented on the board of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust by Gráinne Walsh.