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Masterclass in Edinburgh – Bliss Browne

by Amanda on March 19, 2008

Masterclass in community engagement with Bliss Browne of Imagine Chicago on April
1 in Edinburgh (Leith)

Bliss Browne will be in Scotland next week as a guest of BBC Scotland who are interviewing her as part of their Quay Conversations series. The interview is being taped in front of a live audiencein Glasgow on March 31 (spaces are available but you must reserve) and broadcast on April 2.

She will also lead a master class in Edinburgh on April 1 (details below) for those who are interested. The course is intended for those who are interested in topics related to civic engagement and social change a

Tuesday, April 1:  a workshop and master class on community engagement with Bliss Browne, founder of Imagine Chicago and one of America’s leading social innovators. Bliss is known for her uncommon ability to bring diverse groups into productive conversation and partnership, harnessing imagination as a resource for public good and social change. Her work has inspired community innovation projects on six continents.

Bliss has led events in Scotland for Communities Scotland, Imagine Scotland, EDAS, SQA, Scottish Civic Forum, Open Minds, Imagine Inverclyde and the Tomorrow Network. On March 31, she is coming back
to Scotland as the speaker on BBC Scotland’s Quay Conversations, featuring people inspiring a vital future for Scotland.

She will share her current framework for thinking about that, but focus her stories and examples on the particular questions and issues brought by participants on the day. Space will be limited to 30 people.

In this all-day session, you will learn:

*Techniques for engaging the public and developing community;
*Applying Appreciative Inquiry to community regeneration;
*Constructively addressing challenges that arise in public engagement;
*Enhancing communications skills for group interactions;
*Building reliably constructive partnerships across difference

Organizations where Bliss Browne has taught similar courses include:

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Canada
Manchester School of Business, UK
Communities Scotland
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
KCC, London

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Cost: £89 inclusive of VAT.
Location: The Halls, 6 Henderson Street, LEITH, Edinburgh EH6 6BS
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

“Bliss provided a tremendous amount of insight to our work with imagineCALGARY. While she has remarkable credentials, she spends much of her time listening rather than speaking in order to truly understand the issues that are important to those with whom she is working in helping them determine how to move forward. Her ability to provide clarity, synthesize ideas and inspire action is truly remarkable.”
– imagineCALGARY’s Community Sustainability Leader John Lewis, City of Calgary

To book please reply to Margaret Wright, Resolution, 2 Summerside
Street, Edinburgh EH6 4NU
0131 554 9037 or 07703 305223 Email:

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