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Let go, focus and reimagine

About reflecting, focusing and on why we decided to discontinue our monthly Breakfast Clubs.

With the year soon coming to an end, we have taken some time to come together as a team and reflect on the past year. It was a good opportunity to reflect on what is going well and which areas of our work we would like to focus on more in the next year to come.

Giving more time to develop certain areas, inevitably entails having to step back from other areas of our work. It is for this reason that we have decided to stop hosting our monthly Breakfast Clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow from the end of November onwards. We are still fully committed to connecting with people interested in discussions about systems change and our work on Collective Leadership, and will continue to do so via other routes. We would like to encourage you to still go ahead and pursue having open and inspiring conversations and expanding your networks.

We might have some Breakfast clubs in relation to Fire Starter Festival in the future, but they will be for people interested in taking part in the festival rather than our other work.

Shifting our focus enables us to lend more attention to more deeply exploring other projects –we will be excited to update you about those over the next months.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply for Margaret Wheatley's Residential Programme in March 2020


We have had a heart-warming response to Margaret Wheatley's residential programme "Life-affirming Leadership: developing insight and compassion (Warrior of Human Spirit)", with our cohort drawn from a wide range of sectors and systems. We have a small number of spaces left and as it is a busy time of year, we are extending the application deadline until Sunday 12 Jan 2020.

We would also like to accommodate a few more people for whom cost may be a barrier, particularly community leaders. If this is your situation, please mention this in the last question in your application. One of the team will then be in touch to discuss this further with you once you have been accepted onto the programme.

For more information and to apply for this programme, please visit our website here.

Fire Starter Festival 2020

As mentioned in our last newsletter, events are now live on the FSF calendar and some events are being booked out fast!

We will send out our first FSF 2020 Events Programme before the festive break, so keep an eye on the FSF website next week or sign up to the FSF newsletter to be the first to know when we send out the programme!

You can upload your event to the FSF events calendar here.

You can book to come to the events here.

First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls - request for facilitators for 2020

The First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) are holding a mass participation Circle event in central Edinburgh and have requested help facilitating break-out sessions. The details are below and the NACWG secretariat provide a full briefing pack ahead of time and a verbal briefing on the day to prepare facilitators for the session.  

29 January 2020 –  10:00-13:30 – Edinburgh  

You can see more details about the event on the Eventbrite page here 

If you would be available to facilitate please contact the NACWG directly at

Leadership Exchange Programme applications 2020

Leadership Exchange is a Scotland-wide programme that pairs cross sector leaders from middle, senior and executive levels to improve leadership capacity between peers. Since 2012 we have matched over 495 participants. The flexible framework gives you the chance to walk in another’s shoes, reflect on your own role, share experiences, develop leadership skills and identify collaborative opportunities. All sectors are eligible – 3rd, public & private sectors.

The next application deadline is on 6th March 2020. Matching our next cohort will begin soon after that date.

More Information
Further Resources 

During the Fire Starter Festival ACOSVO will run an informal session in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Come to a session to hear more about the programme and how it can develop leadership capacity. A previous participant will join us to share their own exchange reflections and answer any questions you may have. If you can’t make any of our sessions you can find out more about the programme and apply here straight away instead. To book on one of the sessions (12:30-13:30) click the location and date which suits you best.

Dundee - 28th January 2020
Edinburgh - 4th February 2020
Glasgow - 6th February 2020

End of the Year Greetings and Office Hours

The Collective Leadership Scotland team will be on holiday from 21st December 2019 - 5th January 2020. Our inbox will not be monitored during this time. Feel free to email us, but we won't be able to reply to your email until we're back in the office on 6th January 2020.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
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