Questions I'm exploring
I'm not expecting to answer all of these questions everywhere I visit but these are guiding my trip
How are communities involved in decision-making? How connected do they feel to decision makers, in their local community, in their council, in Scotland, in the UK?
How does community ownership work in practice, do people feel like they actually have ownership
How are intentional communities working, both in theory and practice
How have communities taken ownership of assets, how effective has it been, what are the barriers
What are examples of Social Enterprises in rural communities, what lessons are there to learn?
What I'm offering
I know groups get frustrated with lots of visitors, and I’d love to offer something in return for them sharing their expertise, I’ve got some skills that I’m happy to share.
I’m happy to help out wherever is needed, washing up, setting up spaces, joining in with volunteer activities, etc.
I’ve got lots of facilitation skills so am happy to share these or help facilitate discussions as needed
My professional expertise is as an interim manager in the charity/social enterprise sector so am happy to talk through challenges you’re having, strategic planning, innovative models of participation and leave you with an action plan
How can you be involved
It's really important to me that my journey can be shaped by other people and the learning is available to all. So I'd love you to be involved
Please send suggestions of places for me to visit, this could be community groups, community assets, a great campsite/hostel or , the perfect tea shop
Suggestions of reading material, I'm going to have several evenings in the tent and time to read. At the moment I'm reading about participation and awesome women adventurers
Come and join me, I'd love to have company for part of my journey
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