Better Conversations Bus Tour – 23-28 October 2017

Collaborative Scotland organised a series of public events and business breakfasts in the north-west of Scotland as part of our Better Conversations Bus Tour.

Public meetings offered an opportunity to discuss in a safe space the really important issues that concern us all. The Business Breakfasts encouraged local businesses and organisations to explore how to reduce or avoid time-consuming and energy-sapping disputes and breakdowns in relationships , with guidance about how to do so effectively. In the confidential sessions, John Sturrock (and colleagues) were available to talk about topics of difficulty or contention and to offer advice and guidance about how these might be dealt with in a non-confrontational, constructive and forward-looking way.

Read the Commitment to Respectful Dialogue here.


Please see below for information about events in your town. You can also download the rather enticing Bus Tour poster here. Read the Bus Tour Press Release here, too.

Dornoch, Lairg and Brora – Mon 23.10.17

Read more about events in Dornoch, Lairg and Brora on Monday 23 October 2017

Wick and Thurso – Tues 24.10.17

Read more about events in Wick and Thurso on Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tongue, Durness, Kinlochbervie – Wed 25.10.17

Read more about events in Tongue, Durness and Kinlochbervie on Wednesday 25 October 2017

Lochinver – Thurs 26.10.17

Read more about events in Lochinver on Thursday 26 October 2017

Ullapool and Gairloch – Fri 27.10.17

Read more about events in Ullapool and Gairloch on Friday 27 October 2017

Dingwall – Sat 28.10.17

Read more about events in Dingwall on Saturday 28 October 2017

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Thanks to Rabbie’s Tours for making sure we get from place to place!


2 thoughts on “Better Conversations Bus Tour – 23-28 October 2017

  1. I note that this tour seems to be restricted to the towns and villages on the North Coast 500 route. Will there be a similar tour on Skye where we have major problems and badly need a large share of any money provided to improve the tourist experience and try to solve some of the many problems. But perhaps there will be another tour for the Islands – Rabbie’s come here as well and the Crown Estate is involved here too, as is the University of the Highlands.

    1. Hi Catriona
      Firstly, thank you for your message. I have heard a lot about the situation in Skye. This Tour is a one-off at present. It is an initiative by Collaborative Scotland which is an independent, not for profit still relatively small initiative which I head up in my spare time. Having said that, the response in the north and west has been outstanding and it would be wonderful to replicate it elsewhere – and to get the resources to do so. We will now need to look at whether and how to do that. In the meantime, would it be useful if we offered to facilitate at least one public meeting in Skye for all the relevant people and agencies to discuss the issues in a constructive way, bearing in mind our commitment to Respectful Dialogue?
      Thank you again
      John Sturrock

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