Workforce Scotland
What's on in 2018?
Writing Our Story - Shaping the Future of Workforce Scotland

As we are now in our 5th year of Workforce Scotland, it feels timely to invite friends, colleagues and learning partners to join us to reflect on our current context, the future of public services, and the collective role we can all take in their delivery all with the aim of shaping the future of Workforce Scotland.

Our aim over the coming months is to host a series of engagement events with colleagues from across public services who can shape and influence change within their sectors. Ultimately, this series of events will aim to:

  • Shape the values, ethos and principles of Workforce Scotland - something we all as public services can be part of;
  • Explore the future of Workforce Scotland - where could and should we all be making an impact over coming years;
  • Create a collaborative and collective strategy for Workforce Scotland - and public services - to progress over the coming years.

Our first event is planned for 30 August in Glasgow. At this event we hope to:

  • Celebrate the successes of Workforce Scotland and reflect on what we have collectively learned about collaboration over the past five years
  • Share opportunities to get more involved
  • Share our current context - what external factors are influencing all of our work?
  • Explore our collective vision for public services – what are we all working towards?

This first event is aimed at colleagues  working within public and third sector organisations who would recognise that they have a role to develop organisations, whether formally in an OD or learning and development role within public services or increasingly carrying out these roles and tasks as part of everyday service delivery.

We are asking colleagues interested in participating to connect in with senior leaders and other change makers within their organisations to ensure that your organisation if properly represented. If you would like to join us to help us shape the future of Workforce Scotland, please register now.

Collective Leadership - Facilitator Development Opportunity
Our new Collective Leadership Programme involves working collaboratively across public services to create effective and innovative solutions to the problems we face; working together to achieve real and lasting change.

With the number of sites continuing to grow, we are looking to recruit and support experienced facilitators to work with the teams on participating in the programme. 

We are looking for facilitators who have experience of working with complexity and are open to reflecting on their own practice and a willingness to share learning.
If you are interested in participating, we will be holding a funded four day residential session from 30th October to 2nd November in Stirling. To attend, please complete an application form and send it to by 15 August 2018. Further information about Collective Leadership and the Facilitator Programme can be found on our website.

Taster Sessions
Want to learn more about the Collective Leadership Programme? Come along to one of our Taster Sessions!
Fire Starter Festival - Information Sessions
The Fire Starter Festival will be back in January 2019! 

As part of the run up to Fire Starter Festival 2019 we will be hosting taster sessions throughout the autumn. These tasters will allow potential hosts and participants a chance to find out a little more about the festival, and to start to think about the fires that they can start in 2019. We are also happy to come along to speak to groups or organisations interested in participating in Fire Starter Festival - just email Not heard of Fire Starter Festival before, and not sure what it's all about? Why not watch our 4 minute introduction to the festival, or watch the video below to find out how we held a silent disco in Kelvingrove last year, to launch Fire Starter Festival 2018! 
u.lab Scotland - Registration now open for u.lab 2018
Why do we collectively create results no one wants?  How can we make changes in our life, organisation or community that supports the wellbeing of everyone? 

These are some of the questions you will explore and put into practice if you participant in u.lab, a free, global, online course supported by the Massachusetts Institute of Techology (MIT).  Registration is now open for the 13 week course which will start again on 13 Sept 2018. 

Scotland has a growing community of practitioners with over 1,500 people in Scotland having taken part in u.lab since it began in 2015.  To join in with what’s happening with u.lab in Scotland, take a look and subscribe to the u.lab Scotland blog
Breakfast Clubs
Join us for the Breakfast Club - the creative way to start your day!

The Breakfast Club is open to anyone who wants to have a chat about mischief making and system shaking. Come along, buy a coffee (and a pastry if you fancy) and have a chat with a really interesting mix of people about whatever topic emerges that morning.

We run monthly breakfast clubs throughout the year, in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. For more information please visit our eventbrite page.
The Edinburgh Breakfast Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Join us, from 8.30 - 10.00 at Brewhemia on: Glasgow
The Glasgow Breakfast Club will be meeting 8.30 - 10.00 at Café Fame on the following dates:
Open Government Partnership
What is open government?

Governments use public money to shape the society we live in. The decisions they take impact on the day to day quality of life that we enjoy. Open governments do not just allow us to see what decisions are made, they allow us to take part in shaping them and provide us with the information we need to examine and challenge their choices.

The Scottish Government is part of the Open Government Partnership: an international programme to rebuild trust in governments across the world by providing a platform for reformers inside and outside governments. As we develop the new action plan (for 2018-20) we are working closely with the Civil Society network to invite the public to share their ideas to support our ambitions for openness and participation.

We want to hear from you!

The Open Government Network are inviting you to have your say on the themes and issues that can help make government in Scotland more open, transparent and accountable. So whether you would like to see more data released in areas such as transport or agriculture; you'd like to be involved in developing new public services; or want more information on how public money is spent, come along and let us know. 

The Open Government Network are holding a events across Scotland throughout August. Find out more about open government and the Partnership, meet the team and discuss your views and ideas about how we can make government work better for Scotland. These free informal workshop style events are hosted by the open government team at the Scottish Government, and we'll be joined by the civil society open government network too.
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