Talk Oot #1 with Can Do Towns - a great opportunity to hear about the successful programme which is delivering two key Scottish Government policies in our communities and towns - Scotland Can Do and the Town Centre Action Plan.
Can Do Towns was born out of a conversation about breathing new life into our town centres and how we can create a more enterprising Scotland. The starting point was that "our towns have become innovation free zones". This was followed up by a variety of other comments including "if cheaper rates and easier parking are the solutions what was the problem in the first place?"
We can no longer depend on big multi nationals to create jobs for our towns - we need our local communities to take the lead and create new opportunities for a new breed of entrepreneur.
Can Do Towns worked with Business Improvement Districts, Development Trust Associations and community activists. The starting point was doing something different with much loved places and spaces. The result was an enterprise journey for nearly fifteen town groupings as they started considering purchasing or taking over redundant buildings and turning them into something different.
In this Enterprise Talk Oot #1 we will hear directly from some of the participants as they negotiated:
- Their community right to buy;
- How to convert buildings into collaborative work space;
- How they can create new economic opportunities for their local area, and addressing the fact that both our towns and our economies need something radically different;
- The reality of a bottom up project;
- Creating a sustainable project that keeps the money in the local area and is there for the long term.
Can Do Towns is a great opportunity to hear about the successful programme which is delivering two key Scottish Government policies in our communities and towns - Scotland Can Do and Town Centre Action Plan.
Relevant to anyone with an interest in local economic development, community empowerment, place based entrepreneurship, innovation and inclusiveness, collaborative economy, globalisation.
Edinburgh EH8 8DD
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