SCCAN Purpose, Activities, and Values

Purpose: To support community-led action in Scotland to address the climate and nature emergency and work for a just, thriving and resilient Scotland.

We do this by:

  • Enabling communications across the network e.g. through newsletters, opportunities for members to be part of participatory media projects, events, social media etc.
  • Developing and sharing ideas and building capacity in our movement by organising events, gatherings, and trainings related to climate action across the country.
  • Being involved with British, European and worldwide climate action networks and sharing best of practice with our membership
  • Inspiring communities by providing online tools for networking, sharing of best practice, and showcasing projects between community groups and beyond.
  • Communicating and developing the discourse of community climate action wherever possible including in Scottish Government (through meetings, consultations etc), across social media, through partnering with a wide range of organisations etc.
  • Building understanding of the role and potential of communities in climate action within civil society by partnering and collaborating with other Scottish community networks (e.g. through Scottish Community Alliance), public sector, and business.

Our work is also directed by our values:

  • Respect for resource limits -The urgent need to greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and make wise use of precious resources is at the forefront of everything we do.
  • Promotion of inclusivity and social justice -The most disadvantaged and powerless people are likely to be worst affected by climate disruption. We want to increase the chances of all groups in society to live well, healthily and with sustainable livelihoods.
  • Subsidiarity -Our intention is to enable self-organisation and decision making at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level
  • Attention to individual wellbeing -Balancing getting stuff done with creating space for reflection, celebration and rest, exploring different ways of working that enable us to develop collaborative and trusting relationships.
  • Open sharing of learning and responding to feedback -Being part of a network means we can create change more quickly and more effectively, drawing on each other’s experiences and insights. We want to acknowledge and learn from failure as well as success – we won’t always get it right first time. We will be open about our processes and will actively seek and respond positively to feedback.
  • Freely sharing ideas and power -A grassroots movement  in which each community takes ownership of the process themselves. The transition will look different in different places and we want to encourage and welcome that diversity.
  • Collaborating and looking for synergies -We want to unleash our collective genius to have a greater impact together than we can as individuals. We will look to build creative and powerful partnerships, develop a collaborative culture, find links between projects, create open decision-making processes and design events and activities that help people make connections.
  • Being positive and creative -Our primary focus is on developing and promoting positive possibilities. We believe in using creative ways to engage and involve people, encouraging them to imagine the future they want to inhabit. The generation of new stories is central to this visioning work, as is having fun and celebrating success.

Our vision for Scotland – an outcome from our 2014 members conference.

Our aspirations for how we will seek to work together are outlined here: How we work -aspirations whilst there is more about our non-hierarchical structure and experiments with Sociocracy here.

We are a volunteer-led network with Full Membership open to any community group across Scotland that is taking action on the climate crisis and to any organisation that is involved with or supports community-led climate action. Individual membership is open to anyone who is involved with or supports local, community-led action to address the climate emergency. Our volunteer ‘circles’ (working groups) and short-life task groups take forward our work plans with support from our part-time, freelance workers. Currently these are a ‘Network Weaver’ who is our first point of contact for members, our ‘Projects Weaver’ who provides project management and administrative support, our ‘Stories Weavers’ who run our work with stories and our ‘Convenor’ who provides coordination and leads our work to develop partnerships.

We serve as the Transition Scotland Hub which links us to the global Transition Network  and we are also actively engaged with the European Ecolise network, including their Communities For Future programme.  As a community based network, we are active members of the Scottish Community Alliance and, through this, have the opportunity to engage with 25 other community networks that embrace several thousand community organisations across Scotland.  These links can help to support and inspire and provide further learning and sharing opportunities for our members as to how best to create the conditions in which community action on the climate and environmental emergencies can thrive -and enable the rapid decarbonisation required whilst creating the sort of future we want.

To enable us to take an enterprising approach to creating the post-carbon future, we are structured as a ‘community interest company’ (SC495995). Our Articles of Association are here.