January 2010 Blog Posts (15)

Vote Glasgowbury!

Last year our Northern Ireland Rural Spark was Paddy Glasgow. We really enjoyed meeting him when we celebrated the achievements of Rural Communities at the celebration we held at Eden. Paddy brought along some young street musicians who played in the biome at night - memorable! Paddy also organises a festival - Glasgowbury - which is attracting a lot of attention (see below)

For the second year running, Glasgowbury has been nominated in several categories at the Irish Festival… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on January 29, 2010 at 9:53 — No Comments

Climate Change and Faith groups.

I'm part of a team that has just won a very interesting contract to engage faith-based organisations in work on climate change (with a strong focus on training community leaders). The work will be in Waltham Forest, a very diverse East London borough. I'd be interested to hear from anyone working on similar stuff elsewhere.

Added by Chris church on January 28, 2010 at 22:47 — No Comments

Thoughts on winning £300K in NESTA's 'Big Green Challenge'

So, Eigg won! Won what? £300,000 in the Big Green Challenge - NESTA’s £1 million challenge prize designed to stimulate and support community-led responses to climate change. They said “Through the Big Green Challenge, we aim to uncover what support these communities need to transform their bright ideas into viable solutions that will improve all of our lives.”

Is… Continue

Added by Lucy Conway on January 27, 2010 at 15:39 — 5 Comments


The way we consume and produce food must change, and Scotland can show the way for the rest of the developed world.

Yesterday's One Planet Food seminar in Edinburgh (21 January) called for a more critical look at the future options for food in Scotland, which builds

on the National Food and Drink Policy, but goes further.

Speakers argued that the necessary change should be based on the concept of food sovereignty to secure access to safe, healthy and sustainable food… Continue

Added by Teresa Martínez on January 24, 2010 at 16:25 — No Comments

A mindful approach to thinking about Assets, and ABCD

I’ve noticed a lot a great on-line unpacking going on regarding assets and what they are and what they are not at the recent NEF workshop. Here’s my two cents worth…I made it short and sweet..,..as I recognise that time is an asset we have less and less security of access to…

Bill Mollison usefully reminds use that assets can be thought of through the lens of two basic questions:

"What can I get from this land, or person? or

What does this person, or land, have to… Continue

Added by Cormac Russell on January 22, 2010 at 8:56 — 1 Comment


Well a Happy New Year to all.

This is my first blog on here of 2010 actually its my first visit back here too, between no heating in the office then no water or toilet facilities due to frozen pipes, had no hot water at home for over 2 weeks now and having my head buried in Climate Challenge Applications only one more final applicaion to do before the 5th February, feel like I have been desk and funding application bound for months now, so fingers crossed we get the funding and I can… Continue

Added by Annette Meehan on January 18, 2010 at 10:17 — No Comments

Unlocking Potential

Finally getting round to introducing a modest offering from the Communities on the Edge team in the form of a Handbook for Community Animators. It's essentially a collection of thoughts and reflections from our small team of seven, compiled over the three years of our RARP project, which we hope might be of use to others serving out similar roles in their own places.

Feedback, comment etc most welcome!




Added by John on January 15, 2010 at 10:14 — 3 Comments

Isle of Eigg win £300,000 in Big Green Challenge

3 excellent community projects have each won £300,000 in this NESTA competition for work on effective local responses to climate change. They were among 10 finalists from about 500 initial projects that joined the 'challenge'.

They are

* The Isle of Eigg Community Trust in the west of Scotland

* The Green Valleys microhydro project in the Brecons

* Household Energy Services in Shropshire

All three are excellent and socially innovative - Eigg are of coruse… Continue

Added by Chris church on January 14, 2010 at 9:28 — 1 Comment

Measures of Progress and Success

In Cornwall we have an important workshop this Friday January 15th. We have nef (New Economics Foundation) down to work with senior people on looking at measures of progress and success beyond GDP/GVA.

Not that I think we need to reduce everything down to a few indicators but at least I hope it will allow people the space to think differently. Perhaps start off some maieutic inquiry to allow people to envisage different futures perhaps opening the door to a few insights.

Added by Ian Jones on January 12, 2010 at 14:00 — 6 Comments

One Planet Food Event: Feeding Scotland Responsibly in a Changing World

People, politicians and producers should shape a sustainable food future for Scotland

Seminar: Feeding Scotland Responsibly in a Changing World, Thursday 21 January 2010, Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot Watt University, Cedar Suite 10am to 4.30pm.

The event links issues of food security and sustainable food production in Scotland with global food sovereignty and climate change.

Pete Ritchie, One Planet Food, said: "Our current food system is an… Continue

Added by Teresa Martínez on January 11, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

Support for communities to provide affordable homes - and more

Carnegie UK Trust has long championed the needs of rural communities across the UK and Ireland. The provision of affordable housing has proved to be the most pressing issue in rural England.

Funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government is now enabling us to try out a new idea in Somerset and Dorset over the next two to three years to tackle this challenge and we are looking for an established organisation to work with us.

Already several village… Continue

Added by Kirsty Tait on January 6, 2010 at 15:53 — 1 Comment

Free learning journeys and training events in the South West!

Hello All and Happy New Year

Well, what is the point in networking if you can't tell people about what you've got on!

If you are based in the South West and are involved with a rural community organisation or social enterprise - these events are all free to you and we can even cover the cost of your travel (thanks to Capacity Builders funding).

22nd January 2010 - Visit to St Minvers Community Land Trust, Rock, North Cornwall

These 'fiery spirits'… Continue

Added by Jessie Wainwright on January 6, 2010 at 12:35 — No Comments

Training courses in Edinburgh on Facilitation and climate change

At the risk of being too promotional... this is about training courses in Edinburgh

Talk Action are running two courses this month at the excellent Melting Pot (5 Rose St, Edinburgh, near Waverly Station))

21st Jan is Facilitation Training Day – an opportunity to learn and develop tools and techniques to make your facilitation engaging and productive

22nd Jan is a course on Communicating Climate Change – a chance to build the skills needed to be able to… Continue

Added by Chris church on January 5, 2010 at 15:25 — No Comments

The Archers and rural development... a post from James

Happy New Year everyone...

I'm emerging from the thick Fife snow and looking forward to what the New Year might bring to fieryspirits.com...

Here's a photo (anyone else fancy posting some seasonal pics from around the world?)

And here's a message James was unable to post...



Happy New Year Nick,

I tried adding an entry to Fiery but no go; please can you do so for


Happy New Year,… Continue

Added by Nick Wilding on January 5, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments


On the 1st January our local pagast (parish council) did not renew its tender for waste removal. There is a company that will serve our local area here in rural Latvia for a cost but I suspect that due to the poor local economy some people will not take up the service. Latvians by nature are quite tidy and although buildings may crumble the general area is kept neat but there must be a temptation to dump rubbish out of sight when money is short. The local dump was shut in compliance of EU… Continue

Added by Joanna Storie on January 3, 2010 at 20:27 — No Comments

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