The Trailblazery is a cultural agency dedicated to creatively activating the spirit of our times so that we can take better care of ourselves, each other and this place we call home. We do this by designing and producing live events, learning experiences, mentorship programmes and cross-disciplinary research projects that tackle wicked problem solving. We champion and celebrate people who challenge the status quo and blaze trails in their own spectacular or intimate way.
The Trailblazery was created as a response to a need for deeper human connection and belonging in our society. We are committed to exploring a shared future that orients around our innate heart-centered values of courage, compassion and care. We believe in harnessing the power of inspiring stories as medicine for the times we live in. We are here to shine a light on change leaders who are nudging humanity forward, one story at a time.
The Trailblazery collaborates with brilliant partners and clients across all industries, spaces and sectors. We catalyze pioneering projects that capture public imagination and promote cultural wellbeing. Together we create trailblazing experiences that inspire curiosity by asking big questions about what it means to be alive in the world today.
If you feel the call to blaze a trail, then this is the place for you.
WHAT people are saying about
“The Trailblazery connects us and elevates both our inner and outer conversations. Witnessing the creation of 'We Need to Talk about Ireland' and then 'Census of the Heart' has been a privilege. Kathy Scott is creating a rich, rousing body of work that inspires and reflects the spirit of our times. There is a greater force that guides us home to ourselves and to each other. The Trailblazery is moving like a comet to illuminate and amplify that force."
Elena Brower, Author of Practice You and Art of Attention
"The Trailblazery have managed to kickstart conversations, give a platform to diverse voices, serve brain food, entertain, enlighten, bring people together, but also fly very gracefully under the radar. So far. Now the spotlight will be shining right on them. It promises to be an invigorating conversation."
Una Mullally, The Irish Times
“The Trailblazery keeps breaking something so open, a wound or wounds opening to the light, the constricted hearts, opening. I read that a wound is a wonder; it comes from same root from the Old English wund. So there is something wonder-full and healing in the way The Trailblazery are bringing the wounds to the light and sharing them out, softened and heightened by song and sound, joy and laughter and pain and tears - it's all a wonder”
Vanessa Reid, Systemic Change Leader, Living Wholeness Institute, Canada
“A sincere thanks for a wonderful, thought provoking, confidence building and empowering event. It was a joy and a heart filling experience. It brought me to tears, laughter, anger and joy”
Colm Ó hAnluain, European School of Brussels
“Kathy Scott and her team are doing the fearless work of excavating culture, holding it up to the light, devoting time and energy to listen intently to those with remarkable wisdom, and then passing it forward in an accessible, heartfelt manner. I've been impacted by supporting the prescient endeavours of The Trailblazery, most recently, Saoirse at Kilmainham Gaol. Our world is better for the valuable work they create”
Stephanie Santagada Wells, Educator and Events Producer at A Peace of the Action, New York
“I came along last night and listened, entranced, to each of the speakers share their experiences and “Aha!” moments. So much of what they spoke about resonated with me, I cried and laughed and felt comforted and inspired at once.”
“Taking part in the elemental magic that is The Trailblazery remains a pivotal and deeply impactful experience in my life. I vividly remember how nervous I was in sharing a deeply personal and never before told story from my past, which had remained, up until that day, tightly locked away in a dark and shameful place. The Trailblazery gave me the opportunity to free myself and in opening up, connect and help others who’d experienced similar challenges in their lives. The Trailblazery for me, was and is a glorious force of liberation”
Andrew Hyland , Former Director of Marriage Equality and co-founder and Director of Communications for Yes Equality.
"The Trailblazery moves me profoundly, exciting, motivating and cajoling me into stillness, into thought and ultimately action. The sheer breadth and magnitude of originality and creativity in their work over the years has blown me away. Team Trailblazery, take a very well deserved bow!"
Karen Ward, Slí an Chroí, Dublin
"I have been fortunate to have been involved in the Trailblazery since the very beginning. I have spoken at several events, acted as MC, and moderated live discussions and interviews.
During what has been a decade of huge social and cultural change, the Trailblazery has offered an important civic sanctuary - an all too rare space for people to come together and find connection, reflection, exploration, and inspiration."
Ruairí McKiernan, Campaigner, social innovator and member of the Council of State
"Blazing a trail is an image of a life lived to the full; a personal journey which bestows long-enduring forms of belonging in one's own heart and in the heart of the world around us. The essence of my experience with The Trailblazery is of pure presence and vitality. The Trailblazery is a forum that breathes new energy and urgency into the creative dream of a country experiencing spiritual crisis. May that spark of fire, in the name of justice, integrity, love and compassion continue to flame and kindle further flames of passion out into the future."
Nóirín Ní Riain, PhD
“The Trailblazery exists out of necessity. While our great intellect places itself at the top of the evolutionary ladder, our deeper connection to spirit has been compromised. The Trailblazery exists as a collective whose mission is to restore that vital connection"
Diarmuid Lyng, Campaigner, Father
“The Trailblazery is a spark igniting a potent rising momentum assisting in the softening of an old way of being that is no longer serving the collective. It flies an arrow through the Zeitgeist into a future that nourishes the greater good of the whole built on love and interconnectedness.”
"The Trailblazery events are crucial. I think that the creation of a new and meaningful civic discourse in this country is the thing that will transform Ireland. Ireland needs to think, act and move differently."
Colm O’ Gorman, Amnesty Ireland on Morning Ireland, RTE
"The Trailblazery team have been platforming ideas and contentions whilst torch lighting all aspects of our existence over the last few years."
Zach Joyce, Le Cool
"A pithy, fast-moving sequence of 8-minute talks by extraordinary and arresting folk, some of whom could indeed be described as “miraculous beings”, punctuated by sublime musical interludes. The Trailblazery serves us up mega food for thought and also calls to action. These are truly wonderful,
thought provoking and stimulating events."
Deirdre Mulrooney, Vulgo Magazine
"One of Ireland’s most meaningful public engagements since September 2008, when the national conversation became obsessed with bank bailouts, bond-holders, liquidity versus solvency, and the god awful markets. This was about Ireland’s soul."
Justine McCarthy, The Sunday Times
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