Come to Derry City, Northern Ireland for the 2005 Future Search Learning Exchange

9 – 11 June 2005


The role of the University of Ulster in supporting this event is appreciated.


Our theme:

”Maximising Our Ability to Bring About Change: Personally, Locally, Globally


Through interactive dialogue and discovery we aim to:


All of which will take our change ability a step further!


VENUE / EVENT LOCATION: Calgach Centre, 4-22 Butcher St, Londonderry, BT48 6HL, Northern Ireland, UK. Telephone: 00 44 28 7137 3177 

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Members - $175.00 (includes refreshments and lunches) & Non-members - $200.00 (includes refreshments and lunches). Go to for further information on registration and payment


ACCOMMODATION (options available): University accommodation please contact Frances Mulholland if this is your option. It offers: 6 single rooms per apartment with en suite toilet and shower only, communal shared kitchen, laundry facilities nearby, 25 min walk from venue, $175 (USD) for 4 nights, self-catering only, £3 per day for car parking beside your accommodation, security gates permit only pedestrian access after around 11.00 evening and security on site.

Hotel accommodation: Tower Hotel positioned immediately opposite our venue, the Calgach Centre –when booking quote the Future Search Learning Exchange for a better rate!! City Hotel ( or Clarence House Guest House (


Home stay: limited number of places! – particularly held for people with limited financial resources, contact Frances for further information.


Other accommodation is available by checking





Wednesday 8th June

Belfast (for any early arrivals)

Thursday 9th June

Derry City

Friday 10th June

Derry City

Saturday 11th June

Derry City








9.00 - 10: Registration & info point, detailed agenda available


10:00 Welcome & Introduction by the Planning Team


10:30 “Around the World in 90 Minutes” mapping collective future search experiences

09.30 am Looking at the future search experience from a sponsor’s point of view: Fishbowl exercise - Questions enabling sponsors to share their ideas, experiences, hopes, desires & lessons learned from their FS experience


11:00: Increasing our capacity to transform - principles and activities to guide the future practice of future search meetings – a facilitated session with whole group which will generate date for the after lunch session

09.30 “Community in Action”

Acting and Moving Forward on our Common Ground (Creating the next steps towards sustainability)


Rita Schweitz –Future Search in School District Change: Connection, Community, and Results - Insights, reflections and potential in other areas



12:30 – 2.00 Lunchtime reception and talk on Belfast murals hosted by hosted by DCAL- Belfast

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Tower Hotel

(opposite Calgach Centre)

12:30 – 2.00 pm

Tower Hotel

12.00 – 1.30 pm

Tower Hotel


2.00 – 6.00

Bus trip taking in a guided walking tour of Stormont and guided bus tour of Ballybeen and Ardoyne, pointing out murals and hearing about life in these communities from a local person’s perspective


(bus journey to Derry lasts approximately 1 ¾ Hours)

1:30 – 3:30 Review of the different components of a FS meeting using an open space style format – meeting on past, present, future, group dynamics


3:30 – 4:30 Plenary- lessons learned from collective experience


4:45 pm End of day


5.00 – 6:30 pm Talk and Tour of Derry City Walls by Derry City Regeneration Office DSD

2.00 pm “Reality Dialogue” - Using the data generated in the morning sessions to deal with Economic Development, Social Justice and Natural Resources choices and issues


5.00 pm close


1.30 - 2.30 pm- The formal business of the Future Search Network


2.30 - 3.30 pmTechniques to match our values – a talk by Marvin Weisbord


3.30 - 4.30pm - Plenary – What do we take forward?


4.30 - 5.00 pm: Closing event & Good byes

Evening 6pm/7pm

Bus to Derry City from Belfast – there will be a cost for the bus tour around Belfast and bus journey to Derry City. We are doing our best to keep costs down!!

8:00 / 8.30 tbc

Reception at the Guildhall, hosted by Mayor of Derry City Council

(food provided)

7pm: Dinner in the Tower Hotel

After Dinner party in the Tower Hotel – music, dance, song and craic with Marvin, Mario and special guests

Participants staying on in Derry City can get helpful advice and information from the local team




Belfast/Derry City:

BY BUS: Airporter operates a four-time daily coach service to/from Derry and Belfast.  For current schedule information and fares contact Airporter on 028 7126 9996. This is a daily scheduled service between Derry and Belfast International Airport (BIA). Coaches depart from and arrive at: Quayside Shopping Centre
Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7PX



GOLDLINE EXPRESS BUS: For timetable information on the Ulsterbus Goldline express bus to/from Derry/Belfast go to or for further information regarding this service contact Translink on +44 (0) 28 9066 6630



BY TRAIN: For timetable information regarding train journeys to Derry from Belfast go to . For timetable information regarding train journeys to Belfast from Derry go to . Translink bus & rail timetable enquiries also available by contacting the call centre.  Tel. 44 (0)28 90 66 66 30 - Seven Days 7am to 8pm


Dublin/Derry City:

BY BUS: For timetable information on the Dublin to Derry City Bus go to NB: It is advisable to check this service as times change regularly!! Please contact Translink on 028 90 66 66 30 for further information. Fares for this service range from £12.80 (single) - £16.00 (return)


BY TRAIN: For timetable information regarding train journeys to Derry from Dublin go to NB: All train journeys from Dublin must travel via Belfast. For further information regarding this service contact please call 1850 366222 or from outside of Ireland +353 18366222