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Episode 127 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Ruth Watson from Keep Scotland The Brand a campaign organisation that calls for clear labelling of Scottish produce and resists replacing "Made in Scotland" labels with less clear, less valuable "Made in Britain" labels or shops removing marks of provenance altogether. They discuss why it is so important that we know where our food and other goods is made, why Scotland's brand is so value domestically and internationally and what the implications could be for Scotland's food security if we allow "Brand Scotland" to be replaced by "Bland Britain".Apologies for the slight decline in sound quality in this week's episode. This was largely due to the Council deciding to mow a patch of grass outside while Craig was recording.If you would like to join Common Weal's Campaign Centre to meet with like-minded activists and to learn more about our policies and how to become an effective campaigner, you can do so 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show
Episode 126 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Susan Guy from Dunbar's Miixer Zero Waste Hub. The hub intercepts and redirects materials that would otherwise be thrown out as "waste" and makes it available for reuse - boasting that they can reclaim over 1,000 tonnes of material every year and that they manage to achieve a 95% reuse rate for that recovered material. Susan talks us through the process of recovery and reuse and tells some stories of the kinds of things they've managed to find a new home for.You can find out more about Miixer 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show
Episode 125 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Nancy Barr and Terry Paterson both from Larkhall Community Growers and the Larkhall Lighthouse Community Centre. They discuss the various projects they run around the town - including the community gardens - and the impact they've had on the collective wellbeing of the people of Larkhall.You can visit the Community Growers webpage here.The Larkhall Lighthouse can be contacted via Facebook 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssPhoto Credit: Larkhall Community GrowersTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show
Episode 124 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Andrew Stark - Land Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland. RSPBS and Common Weal are both members of the Scottish Food Coalition who have recently been campaigning to improve the Good Food Nation Bill presently moving through the Scottish Parliament. Andrew discusses the impact that this bill and other food policy developments in Scotland will have on food production and consumption in Scotland and how they may impact Scottish local communities.You can learn more about the Scottish Food Coalition here.They recently held a Day of Action outside the Scottish Parliament which was attending by many people including 26 MSPs.Craig refers to Policy Podcast episode #80 - A Half Wild 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show
Episode 123 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Craig talks to Kathie Pollard, Policy & Practice Lead at the Scottish Land Commission, about Scotland's vacant and derelict land. Derelict land is more than an eyesore. It represents a loss of resources, unused potential and can even harm the vitality and self-image of a community. SLC have developed tools and resources to help communities bring derelict land in their area back into use.The SLC's interactive derelict land map can be found here.The community action route map can found here.More case studies about reclaimed derelict land can be read here.The Land Reuse Month videos and resources:Land Reuse Month Resources - Scottish Land CommissionLand Reuse Month: Wk 1 - Session 1- Understanding the opportunity: The importance of addressing VDL - YouTubeCommon 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 122 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Andrew Fournet, Innovation Lead at Astrosat - a company that uses satellite and ground data to create maps of Scotland such as maps of fuel poverty or access to transport. Andrew talks about the importance of accurate data in policy development and in tracking the effectiveness of policy and introduces Astrosat's new initiative Poverty Plus - a free tool for registered charities that may allow them to find communities in Scotland who need their help.If you'd like more information about Poverty Plus or if you'd like to sign your charity up to it, you can do so here.If you haven't yet filled in your Scottish Census form please do so as soon as possible here.To see more of Scotland the country and where our people, places and opportunities are on the map, check out Common Weal's Atlas of Opportunity here.This year the Policy Podcast is looking to speak to communities around Scotland (and beyond) to find interesting stories and local initiatives that may help inspire others. If you would like to be a guest on the Podcast to talk about what's happening in your area, please contact Craig at the email address below.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.scotYou 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.rssImage Credit: NASATheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 121 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks once again to Keith Baker - convenor of the CW Energy Working Group, co-founder of the Energy Poverty Research Initiativeand researcher at the BEAM centre at Glasgow Caledonian Uni - about the latest report from the IPCC about what needs to be done and what can be done to mitigate against the climate emergency.You can read more from EPRI - including the report cited by the IPCC - here.Craig's paper on the economics of fracking can be read here.If, after this podcast, you're feeling rude but hopeful about the climate then please consider buying one of our t-shirts saying so.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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 120 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to John Hutchison about his involvement with community land buyouts on Eigg, Rum and Knoydart. They discuss how conditions prior to the buyouts stymied development in the communities and how this has changed since. They also discuss the barriers raised against community land buyouts, how a potential Scottish Constitution could grant and protect additional rights such as the Right to Buy and why community ownership isn't just for rural areas.Community Land Scotland's website is here.Constitution for Scotland 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 119 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig is joined by Susanne MacDonald who is the Policy Officer for Cultarlann Inbhir Nis, a charitable organisation attempting to create the first immersive Gaelic Language Hub and cultural centre in Inverness. They discuss the success of similar hubs in Ireland and Wales and how they can be used to revitalise and secure Scotland's Gaelic language amongst existing speakers while introducing it to non-speakers.You can find out more about Cultarlann Inbhir Nis at their Facebook page here.For more on Scotland's indigenous languages, you can listen to Craig's conversation with Billy Kay about the Scots language 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 118 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Cornell Hanxomphou from the Environmental Rights Centre of Scotland. ERCS seeks to raise awareness about environmental rights in Scotland, make it easier for people to seek restitution when their rights are breached and are actively campaigning for the creation of a Scottish Environmental Court to handle cases of breaches of our rights.ERCS has a petition to demand an enforceable right to a healthy environment here.If you or your community think your environmental rights are at risk, their free advice centre is here. You can download their Advocacy Manifesto 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 117 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week is the third anniversary of the Policy Podcast and to mark this, Craig is reunited with co-founder and former co-host of the show Jonathon Shafi. Jonathon has recently launched a new weekly newsletter, Independence Captured, which aims to critically examine the barriers that have been placed in front of the Scottish independence movement. In this podcast, he explores some of those barriers as well as what the independence movement can do to overcome them.You can subscribe to Jonathon's weekly newsletter here.Common Weal's paper on an escalating pressure campaign designed to force the UK Government to accept Scottish independence can be read 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 116 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Nick Kempe - Convenor of the Common Weal Care Reform Working Group - about their recent blueprint for a National Care Service. They discuss how the Care Reform Group formed, how it has approached designing a National Care Service. The culmination of 18 months of work, their blueprint for a fully publicly owned, not for profit Care Service that delivers care free at the point of need can be read on our campaign page here.Nick's paper on the impact of Covid in care homes can be read here.Mark's podcast about the meaning of care 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 115 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks to Roz Foyer, General Secretary of the Scottish Trade Unions Congress. STUC has campaigned on issues large and small around workers rights in Scotland and Craig and Roz discuss how unions have adapted to changing workplaces and more precarious employment, how companies have pushed back with anti-union campaigns of their own and where STUC members have safeguarded and expanded workers' rights in Scotland.Roz will be speaking at an event on women in unions on March 2nd - details here.The Common Weal paper on automation and other disruptive technologies in the workplace can be read here.If you want to know more about how to join a union, organise labour in your place of work or what union memberships could mean for you, you can visit the STUC website 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 114 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Craig talks to Common Weal's new Networks Coordinator Leo Plumb about the importance of community organisation has in Scotland, how it has led to impressive changes in the face of seemingly overwhelming political power and what Common Weal is now doing to help organise and empower our own activists and volunteers.If you want to join Common Weal's new Campaign Centre you can sign up here.The Policy Podcast covered the Kenmure St demonstrations here and the campaign against the incinerator here.If you are part of a community campaign and want to come on to the Policy Podcast to talk about it and to help encourage others with their local campaign please contact Craig at the email address below.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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 113 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig is joined by Billy Kay. Writer, broadcaster and author of Scots: The Mither Tongue which has recently been released as an audiobook on Audible.Scots is the second largest of Scotland's extant indigenous tongues with over 1.5 million speakers across Scotland and more in the broader Scots diaspora.Once the primary language of court and law in Scotland it has been significantly eroded in use and prestige over several centuries both passively and by acts of deliberate repression.However, recent years have seen a revival of interest in the language and Billy tells us how we can promote it in the public sphere and, most importantly, to speak and write it with the same pride as anyone would use any other language we know.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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 112 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig is joined by two members of Common Weal's Energy Working Group - Keith Baker and Iain Wright - to discuss the ScotWind offshore wind auction and its implications for Scottish renewables.ScotWind is the largest auction of Scottish offshore wind resources resulting in promises of 25GW of generating capacity built over more than 7,000km^2 of Scottish seabed and split across 17 different sites around the north of Scotland.Proponents hail the billions of investment that will be required to build the project. As well as the £700 million in option fees collected by Crown Estate Scotland and the prospect of Somewhere in the region of £30-£50 million a year in annual rents.Whilst the winners of the auction are almost entirely made up of foreign-owned energy companies (with 20% of the capacity being won by fossil fuel giants Shell and BP alone) Proponents promise that Scotland could still benefit from jobs created in the supply chain.Common Weal produced our response last week calling for Scotland to build up capacity to Ensure that next time, we can have a much greater level of involvement from Scottish companies including a National Energy Company.The article about Scottish supply chains with regards to ScotWind can be read here.You can join Common Weal's weekly newsletter by signing up 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 111 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.Welcome to 2022 and Season 4 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastTo start the year, the entire Common Weal team joins Craig on the show to talk about a film we all watched over the winter break. Don't Look Up is a film about a couple of astronomers discovery of an asteroid on collision course with Earth and their attempts to get politicians, the media, the public...anyone! to listen to them and do something about it.The team discuss the analogy the film draws towards the reaction to climate change and our lack of action to avert it.Caution, spoilers for Don't Look Up are present from the start of the podcast and continue throughout.If you would like to read something a little more hopeful, you can buy a copy of our Common Home Plan here.The T-shirt that Robin refers to can be purchased 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 110 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here.Apologies for the drop in audio quality in this episode. This was due to technical difficulties and Craig remote working due to (non-Covid) illness.This week, Craig is joined by Bill Johnston to discuss their mutually co-written book All of Our Futures: Scotland’s ageing population and what to do about it. This book presents a comprehensive strategy for Scotland's ongoing demographic transition, how that must be done in a way that breaks down ageism systemic to our politics and economy and how doing this can present Scotland's older people with a Social Contract for a better, healthier and more inclusive life. They discuss some topics within the book such as how a neoliberal economy inevitably leads to ageism, how the politics of ageing is often far too short term and some specific policies from the book such as how an independent Scotland could overhaul the UK's broken pension sector.You can buy a copy of All of Our Futures in the Common Weal shop here.And check out our other merchandise here.https://commonweal.scot/shop/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.scotYou 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.rssImage Credit: Maisie Mackenzie - Produced as part of a joint project between Common Weal and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Theme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 109 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here.This week, Craig talks once again to Tim Rideout. Currency expert and "controversial economist" who has campaigned for Scotland to set up its own independent currency so that its ready to launch "as soon as practicable" after independence. Last weekend he successfully won a vote at the SNP conference to instruct the party to draw up legislation to begin work on launching a Scottish Central Bank so that preparations can be started immediately after a successful independence referendum.During the show, Craig references his interview with borders and customs expert, Bill Austin in Episode #37 of the Policy Podcast. You can listen to that show 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: 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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 108 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Craig talks to Robin McAlpine, Common Weal's Head of Strategic Development, about his observations of the COP26 conference, why the conference failed to deliver a plan to avert the climate emergency and what Scotland's strategy should be going forward from here.The Bloomberg article that Craig mentions can be read here.Common Weal's Common Home Plan can be downloaded here or purchased from our shop at the link below.https://commonweal.scot/shop/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.scotYou 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.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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