Fire Starter Festival

Below is an extract of the programme for Fire Starter Festival 2017. The full programme can be viewed on our EventBrite portal.

Click here to download the Fire Starter Festival Programme.

Thursday 19th January 2017

Collaborative Peer Learning – Conversations for Transformation

13.00 – 16.30 – Glasgow

Join the Collaborative Peer Learning event on 19 January 2017, to look at collaborative tools and leadership techniques and what we are finding from the different methods we are all using whilst working across organisational boundaries.

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Monday 23rd January 2017

A 21st Century Public Service – Launching the Fire Starter Festival

13.00 – 16.30 – Edinburgh

Join us to ignite the Fire Starter Festival!

At our Launch Event we will explore what is emerging for the 21st Century Public Servant and public services – a more human service? There will be an opportunity to hear about the underpinning research from the authors of the above report and from many services who will be sharing the creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which they are transforming themselves.

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Implementing Open Badges in Your Organisation

9.30 – 15.30 – Edinburgh and WebEx

Is your organisation interested in using Open Badges?

This free event, open to anyone, will let you know how to get started as an Open Badge issuer. You’ll find out what opportunities there are to use badges, the technology you need and how to make sure your badges work for your learners.

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TeachMeet Fire Starter Prestonpans

16.00 – 17.30 – Prestonpans, East Lothian

TeachMeets are a fantastic and fun opportunity to learn from, and share practice with, fellow teachers. Anyone involved in education can sign up now for free below!

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Tuesday 24th January 2017

Pathways to Prosperity – Places, Spaces and Graces

9.00 – 13.00 – Edinburgh

Join us for this inspiring half-day seminar exploring how we can generate prosperity more effectively and sustainably while retaining, and indeed enhancing, our humanity. We will do this through examining three complementary themes that are coming to the fore in discussions about economic development.

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100 Stories

10.00 – 13.00 – Glasgow

This workshop aims to enable and support the co-production movement in Scotland to become better connected and understood. The idea is that we come together and develop some shared approaches and practices, working towards eventually generating at least 100 stories, helping to shape co-production in the future.

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Wednesday 25th January 2017

Playing with Fire

10.00 – 15.00 – Edinburgh

Join the Public Service Facilitators Network for a session on play and theatre techniques.

Methods using theatre techniques and play offer a different way of understanding complexity: perhaps a more embodied and visual way. This day is being co-designed with those who are using theatre and play techniques in their facilitation practice and happy to share their knowledge and skills. This event is for those who are facilitating across public services and for those who would like to develop their facilitation skills.

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Exploring Community Resilience

10.30 – 12.30 – Dundee

In our rapidly changing world, it’s vital that we create and support strong, interconnected, healthy, human communities.

At this interactive event we’ll share stories of what “community resilience” means to different people. We’ll also consider what it takes to mobilise and empower people to take charge of their own neighbourhoods in order to turn them into vibrant, creative, happy and productive places to live and work.

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In the Face of Uncertainty 

14.00 – 16.00 – Edinburgh

At a time when many organisations and individuals are being told that they need to adapt to an inevitable future, and there is an all-pervasive discourse arguing that ‘there are no alternatives’, this workshop proposes thinking differently. It presents an opportunity to challenge assumptions about the future and to develop both the knowledge and the agency to begin to imagine and design better futures.

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Thursday 26th January 2017

Guerrilla Co-Design

10.00 – 15.00 – Glasgow

The aim of this event is to equip a guerrilla group of users and deliverers of health and social care services with the skills to introduce some co-design thinking, techniques and tools into their localities.

Come along to learn more about Pilotlight– a project that has worked over the past 5 years with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to self-directed support.

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Catching Fire – What next for ULab Scotland?

11.00 – 16.00

While u.lab the MOOC may end in December, what we’ve learned and the ideas and experiments it sparked will play out for a long time beyond that.

To date, more than 1,300 people in Scotland have taken part in u.lab over the last two years. Each of us will have learned a lot about ourselves through the process but what can we do together to apply what we’ve learned and experienced more deeply and systemically?

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What Matters to me – Perspectives on Performance

13.30 – 16.30 – Edinburgh

This event will bring together people with a broad range of perspectives on performance in public services, to understand what matters to us in this context. We will explore where there are synergies and where there are differences, and look for clues to inspire and empower public servants to work better with communities across Scotland.

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Joy of Spines

14.00 – 16.00 – Edinburgh

Graeme Hawley, General Collections Manager at the National Library of Scotland, performs his four-star fringe show about the Library collections. A profound, moving, surprising and sometimes hilarious wander through the miles (and miles) of Library shelves all in the comfort of the Boardroom. Graeme will also talk about how performance can engage new audiences and open up new perspectives on our work for colleagues and service users alike.

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University of Life in Recovery – Social Presencing Theatre

17.30 – 21.00 – Glasgow

Social Presencing Theatre (SPT) is one of the many tools for social transformation that have been developed in ULab to help us bring a deeper awareness to what is trying to emerge among us.

Without many words we will explore our relationship to places where we can get stuck personally and organisationally. We can use these tools to get whole new perspectives on social and economic issue. During this evening we can build our experience and practice of these tools and get a sense of how we might use them in our work or lives.

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Friday 27th January 2017

Sustrans Walk/Hack 

11.30 – 13.30 – Edinburgh

A short session with discussion about how as a charity Sustrans Scotland is using the learning from our first public/community hackathon (Walk Hack) to influence the work we do, garner and prototype new solutions for our challenges; namely getting everyone to change their behaviour and travel habits to walk, cycle and use public transport more often.

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TeachMeet – Fire Starter Outdoors

13.00 – 15.00 – Mayfield, Midlothian

TeachMeets are a fantastic and fun opportunity to learn from, and share practice with, fellow teachers. Anyone involved in education can sign up now for free below!

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Monday 30th January 2017

Stoking the Embers – Closing the Fire Starter Festival

12.30 – 16.30 – Cambuslang

This final event of the Fire Starter Festival will allow event hosts and participants to come together and share stories and outcomes from events that they have attended.

We will begin to draw themes from the events together and look at ways in which we can ‘stoke the embers’ of the Fire Starter Festival, and identify the sparks and kindling to keep the creativity alive in 2017.

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