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February 8, 2012

New challenge for civic Scotland

Not so long ago, many people were concerned that the institutions of civil society in Scotland had lost their collective authority and were no longer able to exert the influence they once did. There was much talk of trying to ‘reconvene’ civil society – not an easy thing to achieve and it fizzled out.  One school of thought at the time was that a single issue was needed around which civil society could coalesce.  That single issue may have just presented itself and it’s a big one – the Future of Scotland


New challenge for civic Scotland

The Future of Scotland coalition has launched its website  We are an alliance of civic society organisations in Scotland. Civic society is independent of government and works with citizens to promote the interests and views of communities.  Our group includes organisations from the third sector, unions and churches. 


Action of Churches Together in Scotland

The Church of Scotland

Centre for Scottish Public Policy

Faith in Community Scotland

Institute of Directors Scotland

NUS Scotland

Reform Scotland

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations


Scottish Youth Parliament

The new website will create a space to open up the debate on the constitutional future of the country to people across Scotland. The site launch is just the beginning of the Future of Scotland’s online presence, with facebook and twitter accounts set to follow soon.

Alison Elliot, Convener, SCVO, said: “The website will help people keep up to date with the latest activity around the referendum debate. It will include exclusive Future of Scotland comment and opinion, and redirect visitors to other interesting articles and blog posts.  We encourage people to visit the site and register to get involved in the debate. A forum for visitors to post their own content will be available soon along with vox pop style footage of people from across Scotland sharing their views on the kind of Scotland they want to see.”

“People can also get involved by signing up online to attend our conference in Glasgow on 1 March. Both the conference and this new site will help us to build momentum for the debate, grow our coalition and bring this discussion about Scotland’s future to people in every part of the country.”