One World Week Festival 2023

November 18th – 25th 2023

Globalisation – The Youth and The Truth

One World Week 2023 was a dynamic and truly inspiring week! Thanks to our participants and speakers for bringing their interest, passion, insight and expertise into tackling one of the biggest challenges of them all: Globalisation. 

For those of you that couldn’t attend, or for those who want to revisit the experience, we’ve gathered some of the best bits and resources below. You’ll find highlights of our live event, watch the online events back in full, download our free resources on Globalisation, and Dear Poverty, and more. Thanks to our project partners, Concern Worldwide, Trócaire, Maynooth University, and Irish Aid.  


1. Testing the Water: Sharing Stories of Water

This workshop was inspired by a question asked recently by a young person in Mali, “Do you have access to drinking water in Ireland? in a conversation with a team from Trócaire. It was a guiding question for our session that looked at issues of water access and water security as local and global realities.

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We are so thankful to our expert panel: Hadi Toure, Water Engineer, Mali, Alhassan Kallon, Young Voices of Africa, Sierra Leone, Paul Keating, current educator & former engineer, TUS, Rachel Coffey, proud Irish Traveller and NYCI, and Eimear Manning, Climate Justice NYCI.

Graphic Harvests by Hazel Hurley:

2. Youth Worker Quest: The Global Maze

We invited youth workers on a quest through a global maze, where they got to step out of the day to day of their work, and to figure out individual relationships and connections with economics, culture, the environment, politics, and technology (The 5 Faces of Globalisation). We know that our collective responses to globalisation will shape the future for us all, including the young people we work with.


Olive Ojo, our 5-Star MC for the day, Lavina O’Reilly, Newbridge Youth Training Centre,  Oileán Carter Stritch, Change Clothes Crumlin, and Áine O’Driscoll, Trócaire.  

We also launched the ARTIVISM exhibition during OWW.  This was a dynamic summer school experience with the Arts Team at NYCI.  See it here:

Youth Worker Quest Photo Gallery:

Graphic Harvests by Hazel Hurley:

3. Dear Poverty

The 2022/23 Young People’s Committee (YPC) hosted this online space, launching a new resource called, ‘Dear Poverty’, a collaboration between the YPC and the Youth 2030 Team.  With Lourdes Youth and Community Service and Oxfam Ireland, the YPC led an interactive session exploring the topic of poverty through creative methods. 

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Download the Dear Poverty Resource >>


Congratulations to the the Young People’s Committee 2022-2023 on the launch of the ‘Dear Poverty’ resource as part of One World Week 2023! Thank you to Sarah Kelleher from Lourdes Youth and Community Service (LYCS) and Simon Murtagh from Oxfam Ireland for their contributions to the discussion on poverty at a national and global level.

4. Youth Summit (Postponed) / The Most Fun Space!

Due to the unexpected events of the 23rd of November, we postponed the Youth Summit until early 2024 (date TBC). Instead, we held a short online space on Saturday 25th called ‘The Most Fun Space!’. This was a space of solidarity, fun, and connection.

If you would like to participate in the Youth Summit in 2024, contact Niamh Flynn:


Thanks, in particular to Farah Elle for her presence, voice, breathwork and for the particular brand of healing magic that she delivers. 

Graphic Harvests by Hazel Hurley:

Globalisation Resource: The YOUth and The Truth!

This One World Week resource focuses on Globalisation and our relationship and connection to a globalised world. Relationships and connection are core principles of youth work and in working with young people. It is these everyday interactions, conversations, stories, that define the culture of a group and organisation. Understanding the relationship and connections we have with global issues and global movements is also important in the development of young people and working with groups of young people.

What takes place in one part of the world can have massive ripples and repercussions in our village, in our towns, across Europe, and the Global South.

But this has come with a cost. A human cost and an environmental cost. We now stand at the crossroads of globalisation. On the one hand, we have suffering, inequality, and devastation, we know that inequality has increased under globalisation. On the other hand, we have human flourishing, new opportunities, and growth.

The decisions we make will determine which path we will take.

How well do young people understand their relationships and connections with global economics, culture, the environment, political forces, and technology that may determine the sustainable future of the planet.

How can we respond? How can we support young people with this global connection? Where do we begin?