Twitter addicts will have been glued to the #csopen feed over the past few days, as discussions found their way online - or in the case of Langholm - a much quieter response, due to a bit of a mobile signal black spot (surprise surprise to any D&G'ers) - the importance of a digital infrastructure across the country did feature in the conversations.
Just a part of the wider discussions that took place in the Buccleuch Centre on Saturday, as Creative Scotland landed in the south to show their 'work-in-progress' plans, ambitions, mission statements and proposed future funding routes. Early notes from the Glasgow sessions have already gone up online at the CS open sessions website here - which gives a little insight into the CS introduction.
The ensuing dialogue, 'crowdsourcing a plan' stretched from discussions on what success looks like, the importance of language (mission statements: unlocking. empowering. stretching. enabling), the geographical divide, and the importance of a grass-roots led approach, of which Dumfries and Galloway is being looked to as the Fresh Starts plan rolls into being.
|Thinking through scribbling, discussions from Centre Stage|
The final draft of CS policy is likely to be released in January, so there is still time to add your voice to the conversation. A sense of open-ness and discussion, 'a consultation that felt like a conversation' - it all bodes well for a thinking, engaging, concerning Creative Scotland.