Climate Emergency Skillshare and Training

Facing a Climate Emergency, we have potential to make changes ourselves!

9.30-17.00 Saturday 2 March, Edinburgh
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SCCAN invite you to a Skillshare for community-led initiatives: co-creating new strategies for a deeper, quicker transition to a Low Carbon, Resilient, Biodiverse Scotland.

10.00 –17.00 Sunday 3 March, Edinburgh
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Transition Scotland offer a fuller Transition Network Training session where Tina Clarke will unpack a great bag of tools gathered over ten years for thriving Carbon Neutral Communities.  Discount if attending both days.

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Future Voices Podcast training workshop and skillshare

11.00 – 16.00 Sat. 16 February, St Andrews

In this half-day, practical workshop you will learn the basic skills of using your smart-phone to record short audio interviews which you can edit into short podcasts using freely available editing software. The session will be run by SCCAN volunteers who will be sharing the skills they learnt in our training days (with Media Education) last Autumn and the experience they have gained since. Free to community activists but booking essential. More information and book here:

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Many Voices One Song -Sociocracy Training

One way or another, finding better and more creative ways of working together can only help us in facing up to the transformational changes that are coming. Sociocracy offers one way of structuring organisations such that everyone can be empowered and engaged and offers processes for structuring and running meetings that can make them much more efficient and energising -leading to better decisions that fully use the collective intelligence of all involved.

We are delighted to have been able to arrange two training days in Edinburgh with Jerry Koch-Gonzalez from Sociocracy for All whilst he is visiting the UK:

  1. Saturday 23rd February -Introducing Sociocracy –for anyone seeking to improve the governance of voluntary and third sector organisations and groups: More information and book here.
  2. Sunday 24th February -Implementing Sociocracy –You’ve read up about Sociocracy (aka Dynamic Governance), attended an introductory session … and are keen to start implementing it… for better decisions and better organisations: More information and book here

Discounts if attending both days. Sliding Scale for Participation Fees. Publicity poster here: Sociocracy in Scotland Feb 2019.

Organised by Scottish Communities Climate Action Network in conjunction with Sandbox Enquiries and Sociocracy for All with support of Scottish Community Alliance, Development Trust Association Scotland and Transition Scotland and others.

Join us at our annual national gathering and networking event!

November 3rd and 4th in Glasgow – join us for both or either day.

Book your place here.

Day 1: Politics as Though People and Planet Matter: Harnessing democracy for our communities’ future

Could a world where communities can pass their own laws be coming closer? And what does that mean for Climate Active Communities? We know that most people tend to support social and environmental policies in principle, but not always the parties which push for them. We know that many people are put off getting more involved with politics because it seems unable to deal with bullying and corruption.

  • time: 10am-4.30pm
  • date: November 3rd
  • venue: Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA
  • cost: cost per day: £5: individuals, £15: organisations

Through talks and workshops we’ll look at where local democracy is in Scotland right now. We’ll hear more about exciting new opportunities for climate active communities to get more involved. We’ll hear about citizen’s juries for windfarms and ancient commons regimes being brought bang up to date. We’ll hear about alternative decision making models such as sociocracy. And we’ll consider the Scottish Government’s current Democracy Matters consultation –  to ask ‘can we do democracy differently to unleash community action and systems change?’

Day 2: Decision making and governance: building a healthy relationship to power

A training day with Claire Milne, Transition Network and Eva Schonveld, SCCAN

  • time: 10am-4.30pm
  • date: November 4th
  • venue: Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow G41 1BA
  • cost: cost per day: £5: individuals, £15: organisation

Healthy, fair decision-making requires a willingness to share power – and sharing power requires an awareness of our own relationship with power. In this workshop we’ll look at the cultural elements needed to support us all to come into healthier relationship with power and build a healthy culture around governance and decision making. We will explore how these cultural elements can be used in our local groups and projects and in our collaborations with local government, so as to make the decisions we need to protect the needs of people and the environment.

Book your place here.

Portobello Peoples’ Council Bans Fracking

Falkirk Community Council to Fine Ineos for Pollution
Linlithgow’s Community Housing Trust Builds First Eco Homes
Fort William Outlaws Single Use Plastics
Partick Trials Clean Air Zone
Boom Towns: Five New Scottish Towns to join Local Currency Exchange Scheme
Greenock’s Local Health Initiative Pilots 3-day Weekend
Aberdeen Phases in Local/Organic Food Policy Across City

These headlines are (clearly) made up – but could a world where communities can pass their own laws be coming closer? And what does that mean for Climate Active Communities? Come along to the Scottish Communities CAN gathering: ‘Politics as Though People and Planet Matter’ to find out more about what’s possible for community decision making, how to do it well and how it might help us achieve the sustainable, community led Scotland we want.