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The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.

The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.

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The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.

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@Common_Weal

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English


Episodes

Episode #125 - Growing Communities

5/11/2022
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...

Duration:00:46:36

Episode #124 - Food For Thought

5/4/2022
Episode 124 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Craig talks to Andrew Start - 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...

Duration:00:37:27

Episode #123 - Reclaiming Scotland

4/20/2022
Episode 123 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:26:13

Episode #122 - Scotland From Space

4/13/2022
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...

Duration:00:28:23

Episode #121 - Our Last Chance

4/6/2022
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 Initiative and 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...

Duration:00:50:37

Episode #120 - Community's Land

3/30/2022
Episode 120 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:35:17

Episode #119 - Cultarlann Inbhir Nis

3/23/2022
Episode 119 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:38:30

Episode #118 - Right to the Environment

3/16/2022
Episode 118 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:28:42

Episode #117 - Indy Unblocked

3/2/2022
Episode 117 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:33:44

Episode #116 - We All Must Care

2/23/2022
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...

Duration:00:54:17

Episode #115 - Workers United

2/16/2022
Episode 115 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:31:04

Episode #114 - All The Little Voices

2/9/2022
Episode 114 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:36:38

Episode #113 - Oor Aine Tongue

2/2/2022
Episode 113 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:41:01

Episode #112 - Privatising Wind

1/26/2022
Episode 112 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:33:28

Episode #111 - Please Look Up

1/19/2022
Episode 111 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. Welcome to 2022 and Season 4 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast To 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...

Duration:00:59:20

Episode #110 - All Of Our Futures

12/9/2021
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...

Duration:00:47:56

Episode #109 - Practicable Currency

12/1/2021
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...

Duration:00:27:44

Episode #108 - Not Doing Enough

11/17/2021
Episode 108 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You 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...

Duration:00:44:37

Episode #107 - Ways of Working

11/11/2021
Episode 107 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week Craig talks to Marc Burgauer, a coach in Agile and other workplace improvements , on the ways that work is changing in the wake of the pandemic. Many of us have transitioned to working from home - in whole or in part - but even where this has been successful it has opened up various disparities in the world of work. Many jobs can't be worked from home. Many people do not have home...

Duration:00:40:24

Episode #106 - What Is Care?

11/3/2021
Episode 106 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Craig speaks to Prof. Mark Smith about a question so fundamental to a National Care Service that it must be answered if one is to be built successfully. Just, what is care, exactly? They discuss how the care sector in Scotland has largely failed to answer this question in the past - which has led to the disjointed and profit-driven sector we have today and why the Rights-based approach...

Duration:00:30:54