FED – Sustainable ideas shared well!
Well it’s been almost a month since FED – Ideas worth sustaining – and I have been terrible by not posting a blog about it.
The main reason for this is work with a side of a very busy social schedule but either way it’s no excuse!
The who with the what now?
The event for those that do not know is outlined here but was essentially an accessible set of talks by interesting people at the accessible price of free (or £5 donation!) at the Inspace in Edinburgh – It was designed to be fairly short, engaging and interesting with some legacy and specificity to Scotland.
Organised by Peter Geoghegan and advertised in a very short time we were not sure how many people might actually turn up! however on the day we got 50+ people through the door which was absolutely fantastic.
Peter asked people to join the discussion over twitter if possible – mainly because we had both seen the all too often running commentry on speakers – quotes and subject lines – the really engaging thing about twitter is watching the tweets discussing the content flow!
Two projectors showed the most common keywords and recent tweets.
What was said?
The talks covered electoral and civil service overhaul, Scotlands Economy and bringing ethical and real life issues into the classroom. The main takaways for me were :
- Sometimes the civil service are the ones holding back great new ideas
- Why can we not vote on-line yet (seriously why?)
- Not just oil – why is Scotland not capitalising on the services to the oil industry
- Why don’t we teach kids about the NHS in primary school?
- Elspeth Murray writes awesome poems and can do great accents!
Engaging with sustainable ideas
- I spouted incoherently about how pension funds could be used to invest in social business in the developing world using the model of Impact Investment and about how in this way anyone who has some savings can be involved in growing the developing world.
- Someone had an interesting idea about a mass reclamation of fees charged by many letting agencies, “admin fees” as they are called, which are technically illegal.
- Kirsty spoke about the excellent Global Sustainability Jam – a sort of sustainable themed hack day
- many many more
- Robert McAlpine opened and was extremely interesting but also very intense. Perhaps we could have entered with something a little lighter before moving onto the “serious” stuff!
- No central theme
- Not advertising it very well or particularly in advance (my fault!)
- Plenty of other stuff
- A selection of speakers and subjects
- Great atmospheric space
- Relevance and legacy to Scotland
- Engaging our audience as clear equals and relevant members
- Not charging £3800