Blog Posts

This time round we can all behave with more dignity, by John Sturrock

Things are not as they should be. We know that. There is a deep sense that the politics of polarisation are seeping in to the very fabric of who we are and what we think. In a remarkably short time, there has been a change in mood and behaviour. Attitudes seem more brutal, less compassionate,… Continue reading This time round we can all behave with more dignity, by John Sturrock

Uncategorized

Reframe on climate change, by Charlie Woods

Over the past 300 years or so humankind has developed a system for producing, distributing and exchanging goods and services, which has been based on human ingenuity in the design and development of tools and systems, alongside the extraction and exploitation of natural resources built up over millions of years, in particular sources of energy.… Continue reading Reframe on climate change, by Charlie Woods

Uncategorized

On this referendum day in Scotland, by John Sturrock

On this referendum day in Scotland, I am writing this piece without knowing the outcome. By the time most of you read this, our future will be clearer. And by then, whatever the outcome, the work of restoration, healing and moving forward together will have commenced. Some years ago I worked as a mediator in… Continue reading On this referendum day in Scotland, by John Sturrock

Uncategorized

What Works Scotland, by Charlie Woods

Collaboration was probably the word most used by those that spoke at the launch of What Works Scotland (WWS) http://whatworksscotland.ac.uk/. WWS is an initiative led by the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and funded by the Scottish Government and ESRC aimed at improving what has become known as the Scottish model of public service delivery.… Continue reading What Works Scotland, by Charlie Woods

Blog Posts

Something in the air? by Charlie Woods

The recent EDAS (Economic Development Association Scotland) Conference took as it’s theme ‘Our economy - beyond the referendum: developing a route map for common ambition.” Amongst the speakers and the floor discussion there appeared to be a growing consensus that a fairer, more equal society (in terms of opportunity, ownership and outcome) is not only… Continue reading Something in the air? by Charlie Woods

Uncategorized

The Outcomes of Respectful Dialogue, by Linda Jane McLean

I reluctantly attended the meeting on 21st May of Collaborative Scotland. Why was I reluctant? I didn’t know if it was “worth it”. I was unsure if what I was going to achieve or learn would be worthwhile. I was uncertain whether it was worth the journey from Motherwell to Edinburgh. I was irresolute about… Continue reading The Outcomes of Respectful Dialogue, by Linda Jane McLean

Uncategorized

Notes on A Dialogue on the Future of Scotland, by Ben Kemp

Notes and reflections on some of the ideas which emerged from group discussions and facilitated conversations about Scotland’s future. The event was hosted by Collaborative Scotland on 21 May 2014. • There was a shared sense of both the importance of the decision which the Scottish people are being asked to take, but at the… Continue reading Notes on A Dialogue on the Future of Scotland, by Ben Kemp

Blog Posts

Talks about Talks, by Charlie Woods

On 21st May, Collaborative Scotland held a “Dialogue on the Future of Scotland” at the excellent Edinburgh Training Centre. The event combined an exploration of the processes that can help facilitate a more productive exchange with the opportunity to touch on some of the issues of substance concerning the forthcoming referendum. It also provided participants… Continue reading Talks about Talks, by Charlie Woods

Blog Posts

Sweet harmony or raucous cacophony? A Blog by Charlie Woods

The music generated by our economic, political and social systems sounds increasingly discordant. Can we collaborate better to live more harmoniously with each other and the planet on which we rely?   The economic growth we have seen over the last three hundred years or so and the associated improvements in living standards for many… Continue reading Sweet harmony or raucous cacophony? A Blog by Charlie Woods

Blog Posts

Miituu

Knowledge about the Collaborative Scotland initiative is spreading! One of our guests at the Grassmarket event in December, recognised the potential synergies between the objectives of Collaborative Scotland and a web facility recently developed by Miituu (www.miituu.com) and introduced us to the company’s CEO, David High. The Miituu facility enables users to generate questionnaires and gather… Continue reading Miituu