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The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.

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The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.

    Episode #93 - Buy Less, Borrow Better

    Episode #93 - Buy Less, Borrow Better

    Episode 93 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
     You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Chris Hellawell and Alice McGillicuddy from Edinburgh Tool Library. They discuss what a tool library is, why they are the future of how we use tools and other goods and their reaction to the news that the Scottish Climate Assembly has called for the Scottish Government to create and support a network of such libraries across Scotland.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
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    Image Credit: Craig Dalzell
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    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 35 min
    Episode #92 - In Not Now, When?

    Episode #92 - In Not Now, When?

    Episode 92 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Gillian Mair and Alison Watters the Co-Convenors of Now Scotland, a members-led, grassroots organisation campaigning for Scottish independence as soon as possible. They discuss what Now Scotland is trying to add to the independence movement in terms of facilitating cross-group discussions and campaigning as well as several policy motions that the members of Now Scotland are presently advocating for within the organisation; namely for campaigning and messaging training, training in non-violent direct action campaigning, a focus on the climate emergency and for an independent Scotland to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
    You can find out more about Now Scotland, including how to join the organisation at https://www.nowscotland.scot
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss

    Image Credit: Craig Dalzell
    Theme
    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)

    • 34 min
    Episode #91 - Caring Communities

    Episode #91 - Caring Communities

    Episode 91 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig Dalzell talks to Colin Turbett, retired social care worker and member of the Common Weal Social Care Reform Group, about his new policy paper for Common Weal. Care in Your Community anchors a Scottish National Care Service in and around local communities via a Community Hubs model where your local hub becomes your first point of entry if you need care but also if you need to access other services from Citizens' Advice, through GP services, banking or simply be there to be a place to be part of community. The model is not a new idea - Colin gives the example of a similar idea emerging out of the aftermath of WWII - but it is a radical idea that could fill a similar role as we emerge from the aftermath of the pandemic.

    You can read Colin's paper here.

    You can also read his previous paper on reforming social work here.
    You can sign up to Common Weal's newsletters here: https://commonweal.scot/get-involved/cw-mailing-list/
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here:https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss

    Thumbnail image reproduced from the Army Bureau of Current Affairs paper Community Centres from 1945. 
    Theme
    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)

    • 30 min
    Episode #90 - Scotland's Voice

    Episode #90 - Scotland's Voice

    Episode 90 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig Dalzell talks to Kevin Anderson - a member of the Evidence Group of the Scottish Climate Assembly who recently published their final report listing 82 policy recommendations for the Scottish Government. They discuss the process by which the Assembly heard evidence from multiple experts (including Craig) on multiple aspects of climate issues, how the Assembly deliberated that evidence and formed it into their policy recommendations and which policies particularly caught Kevin and Craig's eye.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donate
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
    Theme
    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)

    • 28 min
    Episode #89 - Banking For All Of Us

    Episode #89 - Banking For All Of Us

    Episode 89 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig Dalzell speaks to Mark Hooper from Banc Cambria - a mutually-owned Community Bank in the process of starting up in Wales. Banc Cambria is based on a model of community banking developed by the Community Savings Bank Association which was also adopted by Common Weal in our paper on Community Banking by Gemma Bone Dodds which you can read here.
    They discuss the problem of banks abandoning communities in Wales and Scotland and how this hollows out local economies and leaves people vulnerable to less stable financial services and unable to access the kind of in-person advice they might want when deciding to, for example, apply for a mortgage.
    They also discuss the political history of the idea in Wales and how it has led up to the idea of Community Banking being adopted by the Welsh Government.
    If you would like to contact your local politicians be they Councillors, Members of the Scottish Parliament/Welsh Senedd or Members of the House of Commons to encourage them to support community banking, you can find and write to them here.
    Mark also mentioned his interest in how a Welsh Central Bank could work. In 2017, Craig wrote a paper on Scottish Central Banking which can be found here.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donate
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
    Theme
    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)

    • 35 min
    Episode #88 - Of The People

    Episode #88 - Of The People

    Episode 88 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by two special guests. Alice Kinghorn-Gray from ERS Scotland and Will Stringer from the Sortition Foundation both here to discuss the ongoing campaign to create a Scottish House of Citizens - an upper chamber overseeing the Scottish Parliament that would be formed by residents of Scotland drawn randomly like a jury. Common Weal has previously published proposals for such a House of Citizens in our 2017 paper on the topic and it was last discussed on this podcast in 2020 when the Scottish Citizens' Assembly called for one as well.
    The Declaration on Local Democracy mention by Alice can be found here and the petition calling for a House of Citizens can be signed here.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donate
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
    Theme
    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)

    • 33 min

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