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November 16, 2016

The Misak come to Govan

GalGael, based in Govan, are renowned for their work in exploring the nature of community and for placing an emphasis on traditional skills and approaches.  A fascinating 2 day workshop is being hosted this week to learn from the Misak community, an indigenous people from high in the Andes mountains of Colombia. The Misak have developed a process called Life Plan – a means of visioning what the future might be for their people. It was through using this process that the Misak secured formally recognised land rights.



In these uncertain times, too often our destinies are decided by distant power structures over which we have no say.

The Plan de Vida or Life Plan is an exceptional approach for communities to re-envision and take control of their futures, first developed by the Misak indigenous people in the Colombian Cauca and later adopted by hundreds of indigenous peoples across South America.

We invite you to take part in a unique two-day event joining Misak leader Jeremias Tunubala, The GalGael Trust and LifeMosaic in Govan, Glasgow. What can we learn from the Plan de Vida? What is already happening in Scotland and how can we build on these experiences and opportunities? Given the interest surrounding the Community Empowerment Act, is there potential to go beyond asset transfer alone, to community ownership of a collective future? How can we move from engagement and consultation to community-led visioning and planning? How can Scottish communities determine their own destinies? How can young people play a central role, rooted in their communities story?

We are particularly inviting community members and practitioners engaged in community-led approaches, to share our experiences and develop our practice. We also want to particularly invite young people who are active in their communities. For more information & to register – see our Facebook event


Jeremias would like to invite those who will participate to join him for a Misak water ritual by the Clyde, to ask permission of the place. The time and details will be confirmed on the Facebook event page shortly.