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Join the Dots: Shifting Perspectives


This year our annual conference was held online through the events platform, Hopin.  Over 110 people watched the live presentation from Cormac Russell who discussed the importance of community, and how we can address issues as a community.  Debi Weir from Re-volution For Good, and Heidi Tweedie from Moray Wellbeing Hub, also joined us on stage as Russell’s Keynote Listeners, providing their own perspectives. 

The platform allowed participants to explore and interact with the virtual marketplace – a marketplace comprised of organisations and groups across Moray, advertising their unique services.  There was also one on one networking where participants could establish new connections. 

Our afternoon session focused on our activities, and allowed the remaining participants to ask questions, and feedback to tsiMORAY staff.  

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"Cormack was an excellent presenter, the platform worked really well, loved the booths too."

"My first time with Hopin - worked very well- especially liked the market place"

"Keynote speaker was fantastic and really liked the concept of 'keynote listeners'"


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.   

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