This Thursday 28th February, 10-5pm, Lomond Auditorium, SECC, Glasgow. 192 members of the public will come together with 24 trained facilitators around 24 tables for a day of deep thinking about what is important to us for the future of Scotland. The first Call for Thinking Folk gathered in a chef, GP, gardener, student, teacher, postman, welder, social worker, driver, youth worker, full time mum among others. Participant registration is open online until Monday, who will this call for Thinking Folk bring to the table?
So Say Scotland is a politically neutral, broad minded, nonprofit and currently voluntary project imagining Scotland as a hub of Democratic Innovation. We aim to spark a movement inspired by Iceland and aspiring to have 25,000 people experiencing Thinking Together over the next 12 months. After the 28th the facilitation manual for the tool will be available for download under a creative commons license for our website. The small army of So Say Scotland volunteers, including the Thinking Facilitators along with the Making It Happen Folk, is actively seeking opportunities to deliver Thinking Together with other communities of interest and place.
But first let’s focus on this week. We want more young people and folk from rural areas to make up our mini-public. So, if you know someone who fits the bill point them towards the registration page. If you’d like to help us make the assembly the best it can be get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org While every voice counts, every penny helps. We also need to raise cash to cover some essential costs, donate online http://www.sosayscotland.org/donate
In permaculture design you might call Thinking Together a bit of proper people care. We see this mobilisation of voice in solidarity with the Idle No More indigenous people’s movement or La Via Campesina peasant farmer’s movement illuminating the global dialogue. We are tapping into and feeding a shared field of meaning which values each person for what they bring to the table and recognises that through dialogue the path to the future lies.
Imagine Scotland as a Hub of Democratic Innovation, a Scotland where Everyone has A Say!
Together we make it a reality.
Aim high, travel hopefully, stay present, and reflect honestly.
This Thinking Together citizen’s assembly is a treasure hunt for the future, where the clues are hidden in the wisdom of the crowd. Each individual’s life experience maps the terrain, and the courage to hear each other lights the way forward.