JOIN THE DOTS 2020:
Maximising Moray's Potential
With over 20 invited experts contributing and a full delegate list of 140 people signed up, it is with regret that tsiMORAY has taken the decision to postpone our annual Join the Dots conference due to the ongoing and rapidly unfolding nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We are confident that Join the Dots: Maximising Moray’s Potential will have a considerable and positive impact in Moray as we focus on ways to nurture the many assets embedded in our local communities and natural environment. While important for Moray, we do not consider this event to be time-critical, and with the current escalating situation surrounding COVID-19, we have judged it prudent to have a carefully-managed postponement rather than a last-minute cancellation.
We will now run this event in Autumn 2020. Exact dates will be circulated in due course to enable original delegates to sign up first.
Whatever the question, community is the answer
2019’s Join the Dots was centred on community resilience. We heard from two influential speakers – Kosha Joubert, Executive Director of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Alice Thompson, co-founder of Social Bite.
Led by participant feedback, last year’s Join the Dots saw a change in format with the removal of workshops in replace for more table discussions, and the introduction of interactive Q&A sessions with the use of the digital tool, Slido.
The inclusion of Ecovillage Design Cards from GEN assisted in participant discussions about global challenges, and actions.
Working Together for All of Us
2018’s Join the Dots brought focus onto collaborative partnership working, and its benefits. Along with a selection of workshops exploring digital work spaces, funding applications, consortium working etc. James Hilder, of An Roth Associates CiC , facilitated a morning panel discussion with panelist members - Angus Hardie, Director, Scottish Community Alliance; Professor Sarah Skerratt, Director Rural Policy Centre, SRUC – Scotland’s Rural College; and Susan Webb, Director of Public Health, NHS Grampian. Each gave their viewpoint on effective partnership working, followed by an audience Q&A session.
It was Scotland’s year of the young people, thus only fitting for our keynote speaker to be, Emmie Main, who was from the young people decision making group, Communic18. Emmie discussed working with partners and organisations, and their importance in ensuring young voices are heard.