Fire Starter Festival

Events for 2017 are now live! Register at our EventBrite page!

We cannot wait for great visions from great people, for they are in short supply. It is up to us to light our own small fires in the darkness.  

Charles Handy 

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.

 The 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.

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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.

Host a Fire Starter Festival 2017 Event

There are hundreds of examples of creative and innovative work happening all across Scotland, and we hope that you will join our festival and host your own event to share work that you and your colleagues are doing. Workforce Scotland 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.

You 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, and we will be back in touch soon with further details.

Fire Starter Festival 2016

In January 2016 we held a pilot for Fire Starter Festival – a week of events, workshops and taster sessions that demonstrated the different ways in which we can all strive towards better outcomes for the people of Scotland. To find out a little more about last years Fire Starter Festival, please have a look at our blog reports on each of the events.