Benedict's Weekend 6 Diary
The 6th weekend, the 2nd virtual meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly Meeting (3rd- 4th October 2020)
Another weekend of remarkable democratic innovation playing out here in Scotland. A passionate but challenging weekend. A unique moment, as we come together again, resolute and resilient members, all for our beloved country! It is the time to refine the different aspects of our vision for, ‘the kind of country we are seeking to build’ (the first remit question set for the Assembly), an overall 90% threshold has been set as consensus on this remit question.Read more
Benedict's Weekend 5 Diary
The global decline in human activities as a result of COVID – 19 lockdowns, ranging from politics, industries, travels, hospitality, meetings to the general ways of doing things has had unexpected benefit for our society and the world in general. Here at the Citizens’ Assembly, resolutely dedicated women and men once again, came together making history as the very first Online Assembly meeting around the globe. It was a unique moment in a unique time! But how did it all play out in this challenging time?Read more
Kasia in lockdown: Cherry blossom and cherry picker
I cannot complain about the lockdown. In fact, quite the opposite - I am well so far, didn't catch the virus, have had enough time to sleep all I want (very good) and to eat all I want (good until the effects show). I do enjoy the extra time, I have even started to learn Gaelic, which never before I had time for, I have been painting much more, and also caught up with lost friend or two...Read more
Weekend 3 - Jackie Curran and Marie Nicholson
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Weekend 3 -Member Diary - Martin McGill
I am Martin McGill, I’m 48 and I live in North Ayrshire. I work as a learning and development specialist in central government and public sector, with an occasional sojourn into charitable work for the amazing service that is Crisis Counselling in Erskine. I have a particular and enduring interest in mental health. Read more
Weekend 2 - Reflections from Erin Drew
Erin has provided some reflections on her experience of weekend 2 and the Assembly generally.
Listen to her reflections
Weekend 2 - Jackie Curran and Marie Nicholson
29 November - 1 December
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Marie and I travelled together by car today so only one set of expenses! ? We were glad that we arrived early and were able to check in (super organised again) and enjoy our rooms for an hour or so before coming downstairs and meeting up with the other members. I can’t believe we know so many people already!
Weekend 2 - Member Diary - Martin McGill
29 November - 1 December
I am Martin McGill, soon to be a 48 year old (!) and I live in North Ayrshire. I work as a learning and development specialist in central government and public sector, with an occasional sojourn into charitable work for the amazing service that is Crisis Counselling in Erskine. I have a particular and enduring interest in mental health.
Member Diaries – Weekend 1 – Jackie Curran and Marie Nicholson
25-26 October 2019
Before the event
We noticed each other on the train but when talking afterwards confessed that we didn’t want to approach each other in case we weren’t allowed to discuss the Assembly with other people! It was only when we both got off at Haymarket trundling our overnight cases behind us that Marie ventured to say, “Are you going to the Citizens’ Assembly?”
Member Diaries - Weekend 1 - Erin Drew
I’m Erin Drew, I’m 18 years of age. I currently live on the Isle of Arran but was born on the Wirral just across the water from Liverpool. I am a life guard in training and absolutely love what I do.
I agreed to join the citizens assembly primarily because I hope to study human geography in the future and when I heard that we would be discussing local issues, about the areas we live in, I was very interested. I thought it was such a good idea and knew that when we all came together we could make a difference. Read more