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As part of Scotland’s Towns Week, Scotland's Towns Partnership is hosting Scotland’s Towns Conference on 7th November. Now in its 5th year, it is the gathering for everyone with an interest in Scotland’s towns and high streets.
As part of its Regeneration Strategy, the Scottish Government is undertaking a Town Centre Review, to spearhead action on the future for Scotland's town centres; the Review Group meet in September to begin to put in place a process at a national level to develop and support ideas for local action. Timed to capture feedback from this meeting, our conference aims to create new stories for Scotland’s towns.
We will look at how we make a cultural change in understanding what the high street could be - beyond just retail; how we create a 'framework for mess' - a model which allows different people the freedom to do things; creating the conditions for locally driven solutions and recognising, and positively encouraging, different solutions in different town centres. We need to make people think about the high street as social spaces for all segments of society and to understand how and why people participate in places. The high street as a social space needs to go beyond tidiness.
Join us on 7th November, and create new stories for Scotland's towns.
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09:00 Breakfast & Street Exhibition - Shopping for Ideas that Work
Part 1: The town story so far...
10:15 Ministerial Opening Address - Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Scottish Government
10:30 Local Solutions for Local Change - Daniel McKendry, Principal Regeneration Officer, East Renfrewshire Council
10:45 Towns Review Update, Pecha Kucha style. Following the recent initial gathering of the Towns Review Group, we hear short provocations from participants sharing their feedback & views from a social, cultural and enterprise perspective.
On social: John Lord, Director, yellow book
Part 2: Tough Talk - agreeing, together, today, the key ingredients for successful towns...
11:00 Creating our Framework for Mess! Robert Rae, change scenario planning expert & founding Director of 3rd Horizons leads this Futures Session with the entire audience, to reach agreement on 10 key ingredients (facilities, services, assets) that will create new stories for our towns.
12:00 Lunch & Street Exhibition - Shopping for Ideas that Work
13:45 Fringe wrap up and head back to the hall.
Part 3: The Talking Stops Now! Implementing Alternative Futures
14:00 Pledge your allegiance to Scotland’s towns! Ross Martin
14:10 How you implement alternative futures. An Open Space session with Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism, Architecture + Design Scotland. We've agreed on 10 key ingredients. Now we're going to agree on 10 things we need to do to implement alternative futures.
"What is an Open Space Session?" - It's a quick way to enable all kinds of people & organisations to input on a single theme, working in parallel groups in one big space. At each table, for a few minutes at a time, you'll work in pairs, then fours, then the whole table, then the whole room.
15:00 Chris Wade, Chief Executive, Action for Market Towns – How to measure it all, so you make it credible – with examples from Wales.
15:20 Quickfire Question Time & Round Up with Diarmaid, Joost & Chris
Led by Ross Martin
15:40 The Last but important word! From Jenn Minchin, Head of Horsecross Arts Creative Learning & Malcolm Fraser, Architect and Chair of Scottish Government Towns Review.
We hear from a fantastic group, well and truly embracing the diversity and enthusiasm that’s needed to change places. Then we pass the baton of the day’s learnings to Chair of Scottish Government Towns Review, Malcolm Fraser.
16:00 – 16:30 Street Party. Don’t forget to hand in your pledge cards!