The relationships between decision makers, citizens and communities are currently being redefined in Scotland. We are in the grip of an exciting debate about social justice, values and community empowerment.
Against this backdrop, ‘asset-based’ and ‘place-based’ approaches signal a new way of doing things that are focused on collaborative and mutually beneficial engagement with people and communities. This aspiration is great, but the practice is challenging.
Iriss is exploring new kinds of collaborative relationships between people who live and work within communities to make practical progress on local challenges.
Unless Scotland embraces a radical, new, collaborative culture throughout public services, both budgets and provision will buckle under the strain
Christie Commission, 2011
Scotland’s communities are a rich source of energy, creativity and talent. They are made up of people with rich and diverse backgrounds who each have something to contribute to making Scotland flourish