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Event: We need to talk – How conversations enable system change

October 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


As part of Challenge Poverty week, this free event offers a space to consider how talking can and does result in system change.

Published in June 2019, the Hard Edges Scotland Report provided a platform for statistics and stories about Scotland’s experience of multiple deprivation. Followed by a series of micro conversations and talking events, it sought to ignite a conversation about how different voices need to be heard for systemic change to be real and to provide ideas for the means to do this.

Inspired by these experiences this event, which will take place as part of Challenge Poverty week, offers a space to consider how talking can and does result in system change. It provides time to demonstrate what good conversation can – and maybe cannot – do to inform and inspire the action that is needed to effect that change.

You will have the opportunity to listen in on a facilitated conversation between people with a diversity of viewpoints as they talk about their experiences and reflections of using conversations as a tool to help understand and change systems. You will be given the chance to join a group conversation during the event to explore how we create spaces for collaborative conversations and to consider the tools available to create the talking spaces that are needed if poverty is ever going to be successfully challenged and changed.

This event is hosted by The Robertson Trust and will be facilitated by Ishbel Smith, Heart In Mouth. It will take place on Zoom.

Conversationalists will include Carolyn Sawers (Corra Foundation); Dave Allan (Scottish Community Development Centre); Janet Whitley(Collective Leadership For Scotland, Scottish Government); Kevin Neary (Aid N Abet founder and peer mentor); Martin Boyle (contributors to the Hard Edges Scotland report) and Shonaig MacPherson (The Robertson Trust)


October 8, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Heart In Mouth
The Robertson Trust


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