And yes, I’m sure this is a vast percentage of the Scots population. But I wanted to let the ‘wee’ voices know about it so that we might throw in our views.
Cynicism suggests that consultations are a) never listened to and b) tick box exercises which c) reinforce the status quo while giving reasons that suggest something ‘new’ and ‘radical’ is being achieved. Part of this may be a systemic thing, but systemic bias or failure or oppression requires activism if not rebellion and for those who want to keep a kind of participatory democracy alive and kicking – why not take the opportunity (however small) to get your foot into the door. If you stick an idea up on the wall, it has been stated in a public arena and others can see it, whether or not anyone ever a) takes it seriously or b) acts up on it. It’s the first step and without it there’s nae chance your views will be heard. So speak up for yourself or don’t whine that no one’s listening to you.
The question is about culture. The challenge is as follows. To discuss:
- What does culture mean to you as an individual?
- What role does culture have in your community?
- What do you think are the most important issues that need to be addressed for culture in Scotland to thrive and for everyone to have an equal opportunity to contribute to and take part in cultural life in Scotland?
- How does culture shape how Scotland is seen as a nation at home and abroad?
I have plenty of strong opinions on this. I’m still trying to formulate what I ‘really, really’ want to say without it being a longwinded rant. I suggest that you too take some time, really think about what this issue means (or could mean) to you and then have your say.
You’ve got a month to get the idea together. Though of course if you’re ready to start chatting about it gaun yersel’. I’d just suggest, don’t ‘click too quick’ - give it some reasoned thought. But equally, speak in your own voice. Don’t cowtow to the language of top down culture and think that unless you use cultural ‘ju ju’ words or posh terminology your comment isn’t valid.
I believe that culture is an inherent part of our identity – and as such you invalidate your identity if you ‘put it on’ to try and get your point across. Be, as they say ‘authentic’ or ‘real’ – or just call a spade a spade.
My advice is THINK HARD ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY then SAY IT.
And that, my friends, is the lecture in 101 cultural participatory democracy over for today!
To 'join' the debate, head over to the link https://www.ideas.gov.scot/ get yourself registered - and while you're there, read and comment on the ideas already mooted as well as (perhaps before) adding your own contribution.