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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?
The words 'inclusive' and 'communities' are so over-used that they sometimes lose their meaning and have become cliched. It would be good if the Vision included some words which demanded more active participation by communities from cultural organisations - so something that encouraged participation by communities in agenda-setting and decision-making. Doing things 'with' the community and not just 'for' the community

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?
'Creativity' is another of those words that is bandied about and can mean anything anyone wants it to mean. One of the things that worried me during the consultation events on the strategy was the lack of understanding that 'creativity' needs infrastructure to be realised properly. Cultural organisations, of all sizes, need support with governance, financial controls, and staff development in order for that creativity to be released. The cultural strategy must recognise that - and it needs to say it somewhere, and prominently.

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?
See comments above

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?
See previous comments. The strategy needs to ensure it really is 'of and for' the community - it needs to encourage cultural organisations to develop decision-making mechanisms that include the community, so that the 'of and for' becomes real and not just a tick box exercise

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?
See above

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?
See comments above. Actions need to include recognition that 'sustaining' means that non-sexy things like governance, finance, staff development are acknowledged as vitally important - and that, eventually, there are funding streams that support those strands of work.

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.
Good participatory work with communities by Glasgow Museums, Renfrewshire Museums - especially trying to involve communities in early discussions about what the organisation might do in the future, rather than imposing a programme decided solely by the organisation

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
I am an individual, so relatively powerless

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

What do you think success for the strategy will look like?
Cultural organisations will be sustainable in three ways: 1) Financially: they will have appropriate financial controls, effective fundraising, and there will be effective advocates for funding culture, starting with government 2) Socially: they will be participatory, have a social impact on their communities, and be working in partnerships across and outside the cultural sector 3) Organisationally: they will have effective mechanisms for (and funding for) governance, staff development, buildings (if any), and other resources (if any - such as museum collections)

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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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
Organisations need to be encouraged to become more reflective, and to regard evaluation not as a tick box exercise for funders but as a form of learning. I'm not sure the approach outlined in the strategy goes quite far enough. Organisations THEMSELVES need to be encouraged (and taught) to reflect on what has gone well - and why - and on what has NOT gone so well - and why. It is the things that don't go so well that cultural organisations are notoriously poor at acknowledging discussing, reflecting on, and learning from. In my view, that needs to be part of the strategy - and the actions that follow will be to encourage cultural organisations to be more reflective and not to think it is a mark of failure when things don't go as well as expected: as long as they learn from them

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.
Ensure the strategy includes reference to what sort of infrastructure cultural organisations require. That is, what sort of infrastructure effectively releases creativity. And then funding streams must be available to support the development of that sustainable infrastructure

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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22. How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.

How do you think this strategy might impact upon people on low incomes, people living in deprived areas, people in material deprivation, people with no / or low wealth and people from different socio-economic backgrounds? Please provide comments below.
The strategy should encourage cultural organisations to map all their communities, consider their needs and agendas, and involve them in developing priorities. Too often, cultural organisations work with 'the usual suspects', and those identified in thenquestion above are omitted. There needs to be a shift in thinking, from considering that particular audiences or communities are 'hard to reach', to acknowledging that often it is the cultural organisation itself that is hard to reach for those communities. So, cultural organisations have to become better at thinking about what the mutual benefit is, rather than just their own priorities. That's the only way they will impact on the groups noted above in the question

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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Piotr Bienkowski

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