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Spotlight on... Participation Week
8 - 12 June 2015

Do you want to find out more about how to involve people in improving our public services? Are you keen to work with the public to come up with new solutions to policy problems? Then Participation Week could be for you!

Workforce Scotland has teamed up with the Scottish Government and range of public service partners to host a series of events between 8 and 12 June 2015. Each event will focus on a particular aspect of participation or collaboration and will provide all public service staff with an opportunity to find out more about developing policies and public services that are truly inclusive

Participation Week will showcase tools and techniques to help develop policies and services - with practical examples and digital engagement ideas that could help you reach anything from six to 6,000 people.

The sessions will include conversations about what support is needed for staff to help to deliver greater participation, as well as an opportunities to share experiences, ideas, tools and techniques with colleagues from across Scottish Public Services.
 

To register for an event, please follow the links below or, alternatively please visit www.workforcescotland.com/participation.

Launch Event: Participation and Citizen Ownership
8 June 2015 – 9.30-12.00
Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh

This session will set out the challenges and the benefits of putting people at the centre of our work. Chaired by Sarah Davidson, Director General of Communities, Scottish Government, with input from Andy Williamson, of Democritise, Oliver Escobar of What Works Scotland and Chris Yui of SCVO.  

To register for this event click here.


Participation in Action: experiences from Glasgow Disability Alliance and Bridging the Gap
8 June 2015 – 14.00-16.00
Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh  

This session will include a dynamic mixture of presentation and film footage so come along if you want to see how participation makes a huge difference to disabled people and communities.

To register for this event click here.


 

Young People - Scotland Listens and Acts
8 June 2015 – 14.00-16.00
Children in Scotland, Haymarket, Edinburgh


The session will focus on co-design and engagement of young people in policy and decision-making featuring innovative case studies from each organisation. Hosted by Young Scot, Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Scotland.

To register for this event click here.


 

The Future Public Servant - what might we look like?
8 June 2015 – 14.30-17.00
Scottish Government, St Andrews House, Edinburgh


Take part in this conversation to help co-create a vision of the ‘public servant of the future’ to help us put people at the centre of public services.

To register for this event click here.


Enabling Collaborative Leadership: Pioneer Programme Taster Session
9 June 2015 – 9.30-12.00
SCVO, Hayweight House, Edinburgh

Interested in exploring how collaborative leadership can work in public service partnerships? The Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme aims to find simple ways to learn from and with others. This session will provide an opportunity to find out more about the Pioneer Programme and experience some of the approaches.

To register for this event click here.


What can we learn about Participation from the Commonwealth Games?
9 June 2015 – 10.00-12.00
Scottish Government, Atlantic Quay, Glasgow  

DCC Steve Allen was the senior police officer  in Team Scotland delivering the Commonwealth Games.  His experience of that time provides us with a master class in Collaborative Leadership. 

To register for this event click here.


What Might Successful Participation look like?
10 June 2015 – 14.00-16.00
Scottish Government, St Andrews House, Edinburgh

Sarah Davidson, Director General Communities, Scottish Government chairs a session with guest speakers including Simon Burall, Chief Executive of Involve, the civil society organisation working nationally and internationally to  promote citizen participation in government decision making; and from Prof. James Mitchell of What Works Scotland who has been involved in developing our understanding of successful participation in Scotland.

To register for this event click here.


 

Participation: Telling the Story – a Conversation Café Event

11 June 2015 – 14.00-16.00
Scottish Government, St Andrews House, Edinburgh


This session provides space to think about where participation can make an impact on our work and also how we use language which is engaging and invites people to take part in the work

To register for this event click here.


Modernising Participation: Two Practice Examples
11 June 2015 – 14.00-16.00
Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh  

This session will feature two live examples of how Scottish Government, partner organisations and citizens are working together to influence transport policy and shape the passage of the British Sign Language Bill. Presenters include Susan Grasekamp, Chief Executive of the Scottish Disability Forum and Kerry Ann Dolan from the ferry operators CalMAC

To register for this event click here.


What can we learn about Participation from the Commonwealth Games?
11 June 2015 – 14.00-16.00
Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh

DCC Steve Allen was the senior police officer  in Team Scotland delivering the Commonwealth Games.  His experience of that time provides us with a master class in Collaborative Leadership. 

To register for this event click here.


 

Making Space for Democracy: Tools and Techniques

11 May 2015 – 14.00-17.00
SCVO, Hayweight House, Edinburgh


How do we get the discussions and work around the challenges of citizen participation and democratic renewal going? Led by a team from Imagination Lancaster this will be a lively and hands-on workshop featuring idea, tools, tips and techniques for doing just that.


To register for this event click here.

 

Dialogue Taster Session
12 June 2015 – 9.00-11.30
NHS Education for Scotland, Westport, Edinburgh


Dialogue is about harnessing collective intelligence through having better conversations together. The National Dialogue Community of Practice aims to support the transformation of public services by using dialogue methods to enhance the quality of relationships through conversations. This session will provide an opportunity to find out more about Dialogue and how it might work for you.

To register for this event click here.


Charettes – Community Participation in Planning
12 June 2015 – 9.30-11.00
Architecture and Design Scotland, Canongate, Edinburgh

Over the past four years the Scottish Government has been promoting the use of charrettes as a method of engaging communities directly in the development of plans for their area.  This session will share learning and examples. Hosted by Petra Biberbach,  CEO of PAS and Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect, Scottish Government

To register for this event click here.

 
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