A Scotland where Everyone has A Say
Assembly is Go, Go, Go
We are extremely chuffed to let you know that we are going to hold our first citizens assembly
In partnership with the Future of Scotland Steering Group we are creating a space for people to come together to talk about the values, vision and purpose for the Future of Scotland. We are also developing an assembly process which will become free for others to use. The Thinking Together citizens assembly will be held on February 28th in the Lomond Auditorium, SECC, as part of The Gathering.
With support from SCVO we have engaged our co-ordinator and we have the venue free of charge. The Church of Scotland and The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office are working with us to manage the participant selection and process design elements, including piloting. The Electoral Reform Society Scotland are sharing experience from their People's Gathering. Ipsos MORI Scotland are casting an advisory eye over what we are doing.
As founding pillars of So Say Scotland, Prophet Scotland is working closely with Zara to co-ordinate the event and PPN/Academy of Government at Edinburgh University are taking a lead on facilitation training. On the assembly process itself we have probono mentoring support from Bjarni Snæbjörn Jónsson (member of The Anthill who created the assembly in Iceland) and NEF Fellow Perry Walker. We are pleased that Olafur Breidfjord continues to volunteer for our own website and design needs, and that Willie Fleming continues to host our web presence probono as well as giving time to leading on our technical systems for the event.
However we are making this happen on a wing and a prayer, in the tightest of time-scales (6 weeks and counting). So it will require a bevy of collaborating partners and support to make the event the best it can be. Above all we need people who are committed to democratic and social innovation. Do you have access to people and resources? Can you spread the word?
Icelandic model of citizen participation. JOIN!