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SCCAN Autumn Gathering Sat23Sept Edinburgh Centre Carbon Innovation EH1 1LT

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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St

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The 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 https://sccan23sept.eventbrite.co.uk

  • 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 - simply relies on your computer having Google Chrome uploaded as one of the available browsers to enable you to participate.

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

Draft Agenda
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 info@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

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