The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas

The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas
Scottish Community Alliance
09.04.13

Be provocative, think the unthinkable, share those dangerous ideas.  What would make the biggest difference to your community?

(delegates  will be allocated to a workshop on the basis of stated preference wherever possible.  Space restrictions may mean that 1st choice cannot be guaranteed so it is important that you make a 2nd and 3rd choice)

1. Taking care of community wellbeing.

With health budgets stretched to breaking point, many health practitioners, including Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, believe our whole approach to health improvement needs a radical rethink.  Can communities make more of a contribution towards a healthier Scotland?

(Chair- Pauline Hinchion, third sector consultant)
Brendan Rooney, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust, Cambuslang
Drew McEwan,  Renton Community Development Trust, West Dunbartonshire
Gary Malone,  Praxis Life Skills Centre, Arbroath

2.  Local control over local regeneration

A central feature of the Scottish Government’s latest regeneration strategy is the acknowledgment that the old top-down models of regeneration are no longer viable and that future models of regeneration should be community led.  But what does this mean in practice and what has to change to make it work?

( Chair – Lesley Riddoch, journalist and broadcaster)
Paul Farrell, West Whitlawburn Housing Cooperative
Donald Boyd, Huntly Development Trust
Yvonne Kucuk, People’s Community Development Trust

3. Communities face a low carbon future

Scotland’s Climate Change legislation sets out the most ambitious carbon reduction targets of anywhere in the world.  Fulfilling these targets is going be a massive challenge and all sections of society will have to play their part. Community action will be a crucial ingredient in delivering this shift towards a low carbon economy

(Chair – Nicholas Gubbins, CEO Community Energy Scotland)
Suzy Goodsir, Greener Kirkcaldy
Gordon Cowtan,  Fintry Development Trust
Camille Dressler, Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust

4. Can communities run public services?

Faced with long term austerity measures and cross party consensus in support of the Christie Report on the future of public services, fundamental change seems inevitable. To what extent should communities be expected to fill the gaps and become involved in the direct delivery of local services?

(Chair – Paul Johnston, chairperson Community Resources Network Scotland)
Neil Matheson, Atlantis Leisure
Rachel Milne, Buchan Dial A Community Bus
James Dunbar, New Start Highland

5. Why food should be local – how communities can grow their own

Despite being in the grip of an obesity epidemic and with the horsemeat scandal still unresolved, the eating habits of this country show no significant sign of improvement. And yet interest in producing and consuming local food has never been higher.  Are we on the cusp of a breakthrough?

(Chair – Eleanor Logan, chair – Edinburgh Garden Partners)
Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland
Greig Robertson, Edible Estates
Jenny Mollison, Garden for Life

6.  Creating community owned wealth

Without assets and income under local control, genuine community empowerment is unlikely to become a realistic proposition. To achieve a degree of financial self-sufficiency is a real challenge, but it is one that could be made significantly easier if some of the barriers were removed.

(Chair – Alex Walker, DTAS board member)
David Wright, Horshader Development Trust
Jim Bristow, Inverclyde Community Development Trust
Maggie Broadley, West Kilbride Craft Town (tbc)