George Boyle writes for thejournal.ie
‘I never forgot that feeling of being part of a team ’:
“When I was young, I played in an orchestra. It is something I would recommend every person should experience at least once in their lives – don a penguin suit, zip lip, empty your mind and sit. Just listen. To sit and listen to dozens of players, directed under that lightest of wands, capture the sound of a million souls soaring together. Each player is a wannabe virtuoso, capable of creating poetry with strings and tubes and metal and wood.
But together, they have this capacity to set prickles rising, as hairs stand up, in the service of a common direction. This is a miraculous occurrence. I never forgot that feeling of being part of a team that had one voice, and could create such inspirational moments from nothing more than air, wood, strings and tin. Through the breath in their lungs and the sweep of their arms. So when I founded the Fumbally Exchange off Dublin’s Clanbrassil Street in May 2010, it was that conviction – that something can be made of nothing – that inspired me. (…)
It is, however, difficult to imagine doing something like this when you are on your own. So we say, come together.
Together we are strong, we can support each other. Fumbally Exchange may be a humble, derivative idea, but it works. It needs only a suitable site and an enthusiastic group of positive, experienced or emerging entrepreneurs who are willing to get to work. It also requires the investment of an enlightened landlord, ready to recognise the many benefits and securities of a small outlay, a very minor effort to support the innovation.
We are making work. Together”.
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