Past Projects and publications

Academic publications

‘Community sustainability: a holistic approach to measuring the sustainability of rural communities in Scotland’ http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504509.2016.1224987

2017 Projects

CAMINA. Exploring critical education in Scotland – workshops and webinars. For our journey see the webpage

Centre for Human Ecology: Strategy and business plan

Community Council: Championing local democracy with mixed success

Connecting Communities West Stirlingshire.  Initiated this new group to build an active travel network for west of Stirlingshire, connecting Buchlyvie and Arnprior, and then Stirling and other local villages

Imagining Buchlyvie 2026: Following-on from last year’s community consultation, exploring opportunities for transformation

Scottish Rural Parliament: Part of Scottish Rural Action’s Transport and Democracy working groups

Theory U: integrating Theory U with community development, sustainable development, critical education and human ecology; exploring action research of the social field

ULab Scotland. Sensing journeys with the ULab Scotland core team (ulabscot.com) Co-hosting the West of Scotland hubULab 1.0x 2017 participation; and creating transformational prototypes.

2016 Projects

CAMINA: My first exploration into critical education

Community Council: A newbie to community democracy

Climate Challenge Fund: carbon accounting and grant fund application

Imagining Buchlyvie: In partnership with Lateral North and led by Buchlyvie Community Council, a community consultation over six months, involving 80 people in community workshops; identifying and prioritising 30 projects for action

Just Money and ULab 1.0x participation

Woodland creation: new woodland planted with 300 native trees

Writing: My first academic article published!

Pre-2016

The sustainability of Fintry, Killin and Kinlochleven. This study highlighted the strengths, weaknesses, and complexity of each community. Each community had a traffic light snapshot assessment of their sustainability and revealed where each community was sustainable and the areas that need focus for development.

Rural visions of resource constrained futures. Multiple workshops revealed the aspirations, possibilities and strategies for rural communities if we are to live in a carbon constrained world.

Fintry Possible: Community Masterplanning with Lateral North. This is phase I and II in their community transformation programme. For further details, see the Community Masterplan.

Argyll and Bute as a bioregion, in collaboration with Lateral North for Alyn Smith MEP – to be published in April 2016.  This successful pilot is to be extended to the whole of Scotland in Phase II later in 2016.

Buchlyvie Play Park Boulder: Buchlyvie now has a soon to be NIBAS-accredited boulder in the heart of the village. A fantastic climbing structure, with open access and providing opportunities for entertainment and skill development for all.

Find out more about my current focus, and the range of services I offer.