Posts Tagged: green societies

Caledonian pinewoods

Recently I was in the Tyndrum area and made a pilgrimage to one of the Caledonian pinewoods immortalised in Steven and Carlisle’s famous book. The two men, academics at Aberdeen University, identified in the 1950’s the threat to Scotland’s remaining

Caledonian pinewoods

Recently I was in the Tyndrum area and made a pilgrimage to one of the Caledonian pinewoods immortalised in Steven and Carlisle’s famous book. The two men, academics at Aberdeen University, identified in the 1950’s the threat to Scotland’s remaining

Exploitation: an Elephant in the Room

A lot has been said about the Climate Change being “the elephant in the room.” It’s the topic that lies behind everything spoken, but is invisible; not talked about despite being so important. Well, hopefully the Paris Agreement has changed

Exploitation: an Elephant in the Room

A lot has been said about the Climate Change being “the elephant in the room.” It’s the topic that lies behind everything spoken, but is invisible; not talked about despite being so important. Well, hopefully the Paris Agreement has changed

Gardening, reasoning and feeling compassion

I recently read something by the great science fiction writer Ursula K Le Guin, writing in the Guardian review. She said: “The idea, so powerful in 2oth Century literature, that the slow processes of creation are less interesting, less real,

Gardening, reasoning and feeling compassion

I recently read something by the great science fiction writer Ursula K Le Guin, writing in the Guardian review. She said: “The idea, so powerful in 2oth Century literature, that the slow processes of creation are less interesting, less real,

Joining the solar revolution

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are going up on our house in mid-Kintyre. We are right by the coast despite being at a high latitude: this helps our solar gain as coastal areas get more sunshine hours than inland areas. We

Joining the solar revolution

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are going up on our house in mid-Kintyre. We are right by the coast despite being at a high latitude: this helps our solar gain as coastal areas get more sunshine hours than inland areas. We

Community woodlands for West Argyll and the islands

For the past few months I have been facilitating meetings in Tarbert and Campbeltown (situated at either end of the Kintyre peninsular) to explore the setting up of community woodlands. In Scotland, under the National Forest Land scheme, the Forestry

Community woodlands for West Argyll and the islands

For the past few months I have been facilitating meetings in Tarbert and Campbeltown (situated at either end of the Kintyre peninsular) to explore the setting up of community woodlands. In Scotland, under the National Forest Land scheme, the Forestry

Three Horizons

A model has been developed which will help all those struggling with projects whose adherents hope will bring about transformational change. The International Futures Forum’s Three Horizons framework certainly helps explain my feelings in my quest to get the concept

Three Horizons

A model has been developed which will help all those struggling with projects whose adherents hope will bring about transformational change. The International Futures Forum’s Three Horizons framework certainly helps explain my feelings in my quest to get the concept

Transition Kintyre begins

Transition Kintyre was born last Sunday at the Christmas Market in the Malt Barn, Campbeltown. We had two stalls at the event, showing films of inspiring projects and selling local produce in the form of cheese, oatcakes, chutneys, jams and

Transition Kintyre begins

Transition Kintyre was born last Sunday at the Christmas Market in the Malt Barn, Campbeltown. We had two stalls at the event, showing films of inspiring projects and selling local produce in the form of cheese, oatcakes, chutneys, jams and

The art of participatory leadership

  I was at the first Scottish Rural Parliament in Oban last month. 400 folk from across the rural regions, each one with their own unique set of expectations. Many workshops held, many presentations given, more than 1,000 ideas generated.

The art of participatory leadership

  I was at the first Scottish Rural Parliament in Oban last month. 400 folk from across the rural regions, each one with their own unique set of expectations. Many workshops held, many presentations given, more than 1,000 ideas generated.

Common pool resources and the Firth of Clyde

Yesterday I was at a meeting in Campbeltown called by the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) at which were gathered fishing boat skippers, community activists and local tradition bearers. It proved to be a heated meeting, but ended in mutual

Common pool resources and the Firth of Clyde

Yesterday I was at a meeting in Campbeltown called by the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) at which were gathered fishing boat skippers, community activists and local tradition bearers. It proved to be a heated meeting, but ended in mutual

Climate Change and Behaviour change

  I am wrestling with a question Angus Hardie, director of Local People Leading (LPL), posed online a few weeks ago. For a number of years I have been involved in this unique Scottish organisationon, an alliance of national networks

Climate Change and Behaviour change

  I am wrestling with a question Angus Hardie, director of Local People Leading (LPL), posed online a few weeks ago. For a number of years I have been involved in this unique Scottish organisationon, an alliance of national networks