Workforce Scotland Newsletter – Fire Starter Festival

The latest Workforce Scotland Newsletter is now out! Click here to sign up for the newsletter, or read below to catch up on all our latest events and offerings.

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Fire Starter Festival 23 – 30 January 2017

Between 23rd and 30th January 2017, Workforce Scotland will be hosting and supporting the Fire Starter Festival, a week-long festival of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we can all transform ourselves, our organisations and the wider system.

fire picThe First Minister has provided a clear commitment to empowering individuals and communities to become involved in designing public services. Many people across Scotland are currently lighting their own small fires by exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes.


The Fire Starter Festival provides a unique opportunity to share the stories of these fires of change, as well as deepening our knowledge and skills that underpin transformation. It allows people from all aspects of public service to share innovative and creative ways that we are all making a difference to Scotland.

Information Sessions, August – October 2016

To ignite the Fire Starter Festival, we have organised a series of information sessions:

  • 24 August 2016, 9.30am – 1pm – Edinburgh
  • 29 September 2016, 9.30am – 1pm – Glasgow
  • 12 October 2016, 9.30am – 1pm – Edinburgh

Each of these sessions will be open to anyone from across the public and third sector, who is interested in hosting an event or sharing a story about they work that they are doing at during the Fire Starter Festival. The sessions will give potential event hosts a chance to network with one another, find out more about the Festival, and to get some support from their peers in designing their events and sessions. If you are interested in attending one of these events, please sign up here.

 Host a Fire Starter Festival 2017 Event

There are lots of examples of creative and innovative work happening all across Scottish Government, and we hope that you will join the festival and host your own event to share work that you and your colleagues are doing. Ingage have scheduled a few events that we will host during the Fire Starter Festival, but we are really keen for others to catch the sparks and create their own small fires of change.

FSF logo.pngYou may have an event already programmed for January 2017 which could be ‘badged’ as part of the Festival, or you may want to host a bespoke event on a theme, topic or area of work you feel aligns to our ethos. If you would like some help thinking through how you and your organisation could get involved please email,, or come along to one of the Autumn Information sessions.

We will share all Fire Starter events in the Festival Programme, which will be circulated widely around public and third sector networks in Scotland. If you would like your event to become part of this programme, please add your details to this questionnaire.

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Collaborative Events and Networks

U.Lab Scotland Taster Sessions

Would you like to come along to a taster event to find out more about U.Lab? Perhaps you’ve heard about it but have some questions before deciding whether to participate this September? A number of amazing people who took part in U.Lab last year, from across Scotland, have decided to host their own taster events and you can now book a space at one of the following events:

  • 19 July 2016 – Glasgow
  • 22 August 2016 – Edinburgh
  • 23 August 2016 – Glasgow

There are still a number of events to go up on the page so if you don’t see one that suits, please keep an eye out for more coming soon. In the meantime, you might like to have a look and subscribe to our blog at

Pioneer Programme Taster Session

5 September 2016Edinburgh

We are offering a range of taster sessions throughout 2016 to allow colleagues all over Scotland a chance to meet with the Pioneering Collaborative Leadership team and find out more about all of our work. To register for the Edinburgh event please click here.

Scottish Coaching Collaborative Regional Network Event – ‘Coaching In Collaboration’

7 September 2016 – Dundee

This workshop will bring together coaches from the Scottish Coaching Collaborative and Tayside Coaching Alliance to network, share current coaching contexts and learn together. We will also be providing support to coaches who wish to join the SCC coaching register, talking through what is required and providing support to develop your profiles. Click here to register for this event.

Leadership Exchange Events

Leadership Exchange is a free cross-sector peer-to-peer leadership development programme that provides a framework for leaders to learn from each other across sectors to develop their own leadership skills and their ability to work collaboratively with the aim to support public service reform. To find our more about the programme, and how you can participate, please come along to one of our information events:

Facilitators Network

28 September – Edinburgh

We will be hosting the second facilitators network event in Edinburgh on 28 September. To find out more about the network please visit our website. To register for this event please click here.

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Climate Week 16-23 September 2016

September 16-23 marks Scotland’s first national Climate Week; a national campaign to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change across Scotland. Following the United Nations Paris Agreement in December, it is particularly important we build on our climate change leadership this year.

climate week.pngThe Climate Week team are asking organisations to host events and activities with their staff to highlight the importance of reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

The aim is to engage and inspire, by involving people across the country in a range of activities. Events can range from bike tours and electric vehicle demonstrations, to presentations from inspirational speakers, film viewings and workshops. Watch this video to find out more.   If you would like to run an event, the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) can register your interest and provide access to further guidance and promotional material. SSN will be contacting the public bodies separately and are keeping a public online register of those wishing to take part in Climate Week. For more information please contact

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Co-production Week Scotland 14-20 November 2016

Co-production Week Scotland will be a way to bring people together from across the country to ask, what’s your vision for Co-production in Scotland?

coproIt is chance to highlight and promote the co-production approach, celebrate good work being done at local and national level and help create a shared vision for co-production in Scotland.

Co-production Week Scotland will involve:

  • A series of events hosted by partners and members of the Network
  • Briefings, resources and information highlighted on the SCN website
  • A social media campaign which will ask people to think about how co-production can be part of their work – culminating in a vision for  Co-production in Scotland, produced early in 2017.

Co-production Week Scotland will be led by members of the Network and we will be asking for any ideas, events and activities that are taking place. To find out more visit, follow @ScotCoPro on twitter and become a member of the Network.

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