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Ned Maddrell Lecture 2014

The annual Ned Maddrell Lecture took place on Thursday 19th June, at Tynwald Mills in St John's.

With guest speaker, Finbarr Bradley, discussing The Manx Creative Edge: Why Authenticity and Place Matter.

Finbarr was professor in the Economics Department at the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) and the faculty member responsible for the setting up of the Innovation Value Institute with Intel Ireland. He is published widely and has co-authored two books with James Kennelly on the topics of innovation, learning and sense of place; The Irish Edge: How Enterprises Compete on Authenticity and Place (Orpen Press, 2013) and Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference (Blackhall Publishing, 2008).

Finbarr Bradley

Finbarr has been at the forefront of debate in Ireland about the links between authenticity, culture, creativity and sustainable economic growth.

Culture Vannin's Manx Language Development Officer, Adrian Cain, said, "He is an exciting and challenging speaker whom, we feel, can add to the debate in the Island about the nature of creativity and identity, and how it can feed into diversification and growth for the Island."

Finbarr currently teaches Green Business at the Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, where he set up the MSc in Investment and Treasury during the early days of Dublin's International Financial Services Centre and the Irish-medium undergraduate degree in finance, computing and entrepreneurship.

The annual Ned Maddrell Lecture is organised by Culture Vannin in conjunction with Yn Çheshaght Ghailckagh (The Manx Language Society).

Valerie Caine
© June 2014