Fairer Scotland event for Community Councils 5: helping CCs create a fairer Scotland

Workshop 2 – What do you think needs to be done to help community councils create a fairer Scotland?

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Fairer Scotland event for Community Councils 6: CCs’ roles – John Wilby

A Community Council’s Role in Creating a Fairer Scotland – John Wilby, Community Councillor, Chair of Paisley West & Central Community Council

Mr Wilby spoke about the need for a public service ethos in CCs. He suggested that it’s no surprise that many CC members work for or are retired from public-serving bodies such as the Civil Service, LAs, the NHS and other mergence services. CCs need to get in there and do stuff, if I’ve understood Mr Wilby correctly. Again, this is about earning respect.

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Fairer Scotland event for Community Councils 7: CCs’ roles in Scotland’s future

Workshop 3 – How can your community council play a role in helping to shape Scotland’s future?

Unfortunately didn’t get a photo of our facilitator’s notes. I think most of the ideas we raise are reported in thoughts and encounters 1 and thoughts and encounters 2.

Fairer Scotland event for Community Councils 8: Dotmocracy

Break-out and vote on suggestions: Dotmocracy

Each table’s top idea from each workshop was written out on big sheets. Every delegate could then vote for one or two suggestions from each workshop. For example, if I really liked ‘make CCs more inclusive’ from workshop 1, I could give it two sticky dots (votes). If I liked ‘make CCs more inclusive’ and ‘give CCs power to control dog-fouling’ equally from workshop 1, I could give them each one dot/vote.

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Fairer Scotland event for Community Councils 9: Thoughts and encounters part 1

Thoughts and encounters part 1

I spoke with a few delegates during the day, and some other interesting topics came up in the all-delegate discussions. This and the next post report my reactions to these topics Continue reading

Fairer Scotland event for Community Councils 10: Thoughts and encounters part 2

Thoughts and encounters part 2

I spoke with a few delegates during the day, and some other interesting topics came up in the all-delegate discussions. This and the previous post report my reactions to these topics. Continue reading

Creating a Fairer Scotland – events around Scotland

I’m sure we all want to live in a fairer society. But who says what this is, and how can we get there? It’s clear that a government can’t just impose a fairer society – there’d be a massive dichotomy between the imposers and the imposees, even if other parts worked. I’m pretty sure that imposees would reject the whole thing anyway, just because it was imposed, even if everything else about it was great.

Fortunately, the Scottish Government isn’t going down that road. As the Scottish Community Alliance puts it, Continue reading

Digital engagement for community councils – workshops around Scotland

Following on from the workshop we ran in January at Napier (blog post, outcomes report), I’m running four more this autumn.

All community councillors are welcome – the events are free and your ideas and experience are are the magic ingredients that will make the events work! For example, you might know how to gather great a Facebook audience, or have crowd-sourced opinions on planning matters. Others will love to hear how it’s done!

The events are free to attend, and lunch will be provided, but we can’t reimburse travel expenses. Continue reading

On your feet, soldier!

On Wednesday I gave a presentation which was coherent and informative, and yet made up partly while I was listening to someone else’s but mostly in response to questions from the audience as I was speaking. Whenever I’ve given presentations before, I’ve mumbled incoherently as I drowned in my own nervousness. So throwing me in the deep end is perhaps the way to get good presentations out of me. (Peter, don’t you dare!) Continue reading