Our Better Conversations Bus Tour takes off today, offering free events and workshops for communities across the north and west of Scotland.
This is part of a new project aiming to build real dialogue and problem-solving capacity, while helping to take some of the heat out of difficult decisions about contentious matters in Scotland’s communities, business and public life.
Collaborative Scotland, an independent not-for-profit initiative promoting better dialogue in political and other decision-making, will travel some of the route of the well-known North Coast 500 in a specially-commissioned ‘Better Conversations Bus’, provided by Rabbie’s Tours.
The tour will facilitate a series of free open meetings and workshops in partnership with some of the region’s most prominent civic organisations, including the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), the North Highlands Initiative (NHI), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Scottish Mediation Network.
Events along the way are intended to facilitate constructive dialogue that encourages people to consider what vision they have for their community and their country as a whole. It will also offer meetings for local businesses to consider how to reduce unhelpful disputes and learn about respectful dialogue.
Meetings will include business breakfasts, lunchtime seminars, workshops for schools and public meetings. Further details about each of the stops on the bus tour are available here.
We look forward to seeing you at an event near you this week!