SCCAN Autumn Gathering, Sep 23, Edinburgh or online!

Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 09.51.11The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) invite you to our Autumn Gathering on Saturday 23 September at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation*, High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St, Edinburgh EH1 1LT. Register at

  • Has your Committee run out of steam? Feel too reliant on old hands to do everything?
  • Stuck with rather wooden consensus decision-making?
  • Seeking ways to involve new blood in your community organisation?
  • Want to explore ways that more decisions can be taken by people most affected?

The morning session is open to all exploring how to support community-led organisations promoting grassroots action to strengthen local democracy, build community capacity and tackle pressing local and global environmental challenges. We will look at Dynamic Governance and sociocracy as tools for how to make governance and decision-making more fun, effective, and energising for everyone involved, and then try parts of it out in practice at our AGM.

After lunch we will continue working with these tools and explore how we can use them in the future. This is an opportunity for everyone who would like to be more involved in Scottish community climate action and/or SCCAN to explore how we can work together in the coming year. This may be anything from providing intermittent inspiration and feedback or crosspromoting events to applying for funding or attending monthly strategy meetings.

* We are trying to walk our talk and run this as a low-carbon event, meaning that there will also be a possibility to participate remotely. We will stream the morning session as a Video Conference where participants can stay at home or gather in a local place / someone’s home to share Ariane’s presentation and participate in the SCCAN AGM without having to travel. Email instructions will be sent four days beforehand.

Particularly of interest to past and present Climate Challenge Fund projects, Development Trusts and Community bodies seeking pathways to greater organisational resilience.

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At the moment our membership is restricted to community groups and organisations. At the AGM we will propose to our members to open the membership up also to individuals.

Read the full proposal here: 2017 AGM Proposal -Membership of SCCAN

SCCAN exists thanks to many volunteer efforts. We warmly invite you to join SCCAN in whichever capacity suits you.

For inspiration, these are the general areas we work in:

Transition Scotland
An informal group of people involved in Transition groups who are jointly running the Transition Scotland Hub. This includes organising meetings, events, communicating with the international hubs group etc

Makes sure that our work, and that of our members is shared widely and compellingly. Supports Maria with our e-news, facebook, website, blogs etc

Plans and organises our yearly members event, AGM and any others agreed on by the steering group.

Responds to Scottish and UK Government consultations, contributes policy elements to events and comms, pitches for consultation work from Scottish Government, develops policy content and lobbies for it.

Keeps a record of all fundraising activity from other circles to make sure there’s no overlap. Supports other circles in their fundraising efforts. Supports our internal and funder driven monitoring and evaluation.

Draft Agenda for the day

10.00am Register and refreshments [and check in for those attending via video conference]
10.15am Welcome by Maria Cooper, SCCAN and Global Ecovillage Network Administrator
10.30am Ariane Burgess outlines key aspects of Dynamic Governance or Sociocracy
Questions and Answers / open discussion sharing practical experiences
Dynamic Governance in action:
Review of SCCAN’s last year by Philip Revell, SCCAN convener
SCCAN AGM proposals

1.00pm Bring and share lunch [end of webcast session]

1.30pm Design studio: Community climate action and SCCAN Working Groups / Sociocracy Circles – how we collaborate and communicate
3.00pm Tea break + Celebratory cake for Transition Scotland – recognised Transition Hub
3.15pm Sharing ideas and planning ahead: priorities for local climate actions through 2018.

A bio of Ariane Burgess:

After professional and personal experience of working in organisations and community groups Ariane actively sought out tools and systems intended to create clarity, inclusion and effectiveness. As part of that process she discovered sociocracy.

She organised trainings with John Buck, who brought sociocracy to the English speaking world. And went on to teach with him. She collaborated on the design and implementation of a stripped down 4-hour introductory sociocracy training which she has provided to private companies and groups, and third sector organisations through tsiMoray. She coaches organisations to move towards sociocracy and is often asked to facilitate meetings. She is known for her clarity and ability to make complex information more easily understood.

She has been on the boards of several organisations including Transition Town Forres, a housing coop and several community gardens. As convenor of the Highlands and Islands branch of the Scottish Green Party she implemented a restructuring of the branch that created opportunity for more people to engage their passion and use their skills. This included numerous online meeting practices to ensure the extremely dispersed steering committee could work effectively and build trust in one another over distance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Maria on