Time to do things differently: let's collaborate

Time to do things differently: let's collaborate

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.


Work with IRISS

IRISS is looking for a cluster of partners in a single locality to develop a shared piece of collaborative work. Over three years we’ll use our joint experience, passion and expertise to explore new kinds of collaborative relationships between people who live and work within a community. We will work together to co-design responses to make progress on local challenges that are important to you.

As a first step, feel free to call us to discuss further (you might also find our evolving Frequently Asked Questions useful).
The project contacts are Lisa Pattoni (; tel: 07921 037 882) and Rikke Iversholt (; tel: 0787 250 2623).

Register your interest 

We’re trying to model collaboration throughout this project, so, we’ve set up a couple of workshops that we’d love you to come along to. These workshops will be participative and inspiring, and designed to be useful in and of themselves. The end point of this two-part process will be for us to collectively decide on the locality and project that should be taken forward first.

Register your interest for the first event on 28th September. It will focus specifically on ‘collaboration’ and building relationships. We’ve designed the session to ensure that you are able to explore your vision for collaboration in your local area.

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