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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Insufficient acknowledgement is given to the historical dimension of culture - cultural history and heritage - which forms a critically important part of the cultural bedrock of Scotland and helps to provide the nation's distinctive cultural identity. While it is wholly appropriate to celebrate past cultural excellence, cultural history and heritage is not simply about excellence - it is about a holistic view of Scotland's history and heritage (heritage is what history leaves behind). Understanding and appreciating Scotland's rich cultural history and heritage is important in terms of contemporary innovation and creativity. It is or should be a fundamental aspect of formal education at primary and secondary level, and opportunities for continuing education and life-long learning about Scotland's cultural heritage should be as widely available as possible.

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
While I support the intent of the term 'transforming', I think that 'recognising the value of culture' is a more appropriate term here. While culture does have transformative powers, it does not always have to act in transformative ways to be of value. It has both 'conserving' value and 'innovating' value - the two should be equally recognised, as the definition above allows.

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
A new culture post is to be welcomed as long as it is at senior enough level to be able to work across all areas of Government in the ways intended... Aim 2 is poorly expressed and should be reconsidered Action 2 should be rewritten … develop a national partnership for culture that includes working with academic partners to articulate and measure the benefits of culture to society.... Aim 3 is poorly expressed and should be rewritten

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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7. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I support the intent, but the ambition is very poorly worded and should be reconsidered.

8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
These are all excellent aims. However, the value of cultural heritage is underplayed and should be addressed in the description of the actions proposed. For example, Aim 3 should recognise the importance of the cultural heritage alongside contemporary culture in place-making and destination development.

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Aim 1 should be reworded - the first half the aim is clear, but the second half is confusing. What does 'cared for, protected and produced' mean in this context? Is it implying cultural heritage and contemporary culture? Action 2 - surely this does not now need including digital tacked on as an afterthought. Digital needs to be considered in embedded terms throughout. Aim 2 is good, and can include creative people in other sectors e.g. business, but while Action 3 has good intent, it is far too narrowly written to support the breadth of ambition in Aim 2. Why simply focus on freelance workers? Aim 3 - what does Aim 3 mean? The wording needs to be reconsidered....

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
Important here to identify good work and best practice from outwith Scotland to complement that in Scotland itself

14. What do you think success for the strategy will look like?

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
1 - widespread understanding and appreciation of the vision, aims and actions of the strategy 2 - translation of aims and actions into the forward plans of cultural and community/business organisations 3 - establishing appropriate metrics and regular monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
This is a positive and valuable exercise. However, greater emphasis throughout the strategy (ambitions, aims and actions) needs to be placed on the cultural heritage as an intrinsic part of the culture continuum. There is no doubt that a national strategy needs championship at the highest levels within Government to ensure effectiveness and maximise impact. The proposal to create a new role in Government is to be welcomed.

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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About you

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Timothy Ambrose

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