1000 Better Stories

A Scottish Communities Climate Action Network Podcast sharing stories of community led climate action in Scotland to help us all imagine a better future.

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Episodes

5 days ago

Our Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, talks to Martin O’Neill from The Stove network about coming home and creative placemaking with his community.
The story is the fourth in a five-part Dumfries series of Everyday Changemakers. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-martin-the-stove/
Credits
Interview, recording and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
The Stove https://thestove.org/ 
Midsteeple Quarter stories and studies https://www.midsteeplequarter.org/midsteeple-quarter-resources 
Newly published Creative Placemaking report based on the Stove’s work https://thestove.org/how-creativity-culture-can-support-communities/ 
What We Do Now creative placemaking network https://whatwedonow.scot/ 
Post-covid Open Hoose programme which launched 10 community-driven initiatives, including Climate Kitchen https://thestove.org/projects/ongoing-projects/open-hoose/
Dumfries Climate Kitchen https://climatekitchen.co.uk/ 
From our archive - another scottish example of community-driven town centre regeneration story 1000 Better Stories Podcast: Carolyn Powell, Huntly Development Trust https://www.podbean.com/eas/pb-6e2tu-142d6cf

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Our Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, talks to Rachel Cooper of The Crichton Trust about taking large strides and small steps in their journey towards their zero carbon future teeming with life. 
The story is the third in a five-part Dumfries series of Everyday Changemakers. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-rachel-the-crichton-trust/
Credits
Interview, recording and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
The Crichton Trust https://www.crichton.co.uk/

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Our Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, talks to Tom Burns, Marketing Officer from Shax, about the circular economy with a heart.
The story is the second in a five-part Dumfries series of Everyday Changemakers. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-tom-burns-shax/
Credits
Interview, recording and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
Shax https://shax.org.uk/ 
Circular Communities Scotland https://www.circularcommunities.scot/ 
Investing in Volunteers Award https://investinginvolunteers.co.uk/ 
Volunteer Friendly Award https://volunteerfriendly.co.uk 
The Crichton Trust https://www.crichton.co.uk/ 

Monday Mar 04, 2024

Our Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, talks to Sally Hinchcliffe, a founding member of Cycling Dumfries.
The story is the first in a five-part Dumfries series of Everyday Changemakers. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-sally-hinchcliff-cycling-dumfries/
Credits
Interview, recording and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
Cycling Dumfries https://cyclingdumfries.wordpress.com/ 
Pedal on Parliament https://pedalonparliament.org/ 
UK cycling embassy https://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/
Sustrans https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ 
Cycling UK https://www.cyclinguk.org/ 
Sally Hinchcliffe https://sallyhinchcliffe.net/
Atmospheric river event 8-9 Oct 2023 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/metofficegovuk/pdf/weather/learn-about/uk-past-events/interesting/2023/2023_07_scotland_rain.pdf 
Storm Babet 18 - 21 October 2023 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/metofficegovuk/pdf/weather/learn-about/uk-past-events/interesting/2023/2023_08_storm_babet.pdf 
Kirkpatrick McMillan, inventor of the pedal bike 
Video story of the bike reconstruction and journey in 2023 https://youtu.be/pfvocT7rfQ4?si=50bFhanJxAstxAGN 
Blog on reconstructing the bike in 2023
https://off.road.cc/content/feature/bike-check-kirkpatrick-macmillans-rear-wheel-driven-wooden-replica-13181
On Cycling Dumfries website:
https://cyclingdumfries.wordpress.com/2023/10/03/there-must-be-something-in-the-nith-water/#more-17037 
BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-19423947 

Thursday Feb 22, 2024

Dell McCLurg of the Merkinch Community Council reflects on turning life's challenges into local activism and the creation of the community's Merkinch Local Nature Reserve.
The story is the final in a 5-part series of weekly interviews with a variety of grassroots organisations involved in climate, biodiversity and social justice action across Inverness. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-dell-merkinch-community-council/
Credits
Interview, edit and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
Friends of Merkinch Local Nature Reserve https://www.facebook.com/merkinchreserve/ 
Merkinch Local Nature Reserve Ticket office http://www.merkinchlnr.org.uk/htm/old_ticket_office/old_ticket_office.php 
Merkinch Community Centre https://www.merkinchcommunitycentre.co.uk/about/ 
 
Networks of community organisations:
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network https://sccan.scot/ 
Development Trusts Association Scotland https://dtascot.org.uk/ 
Highlands and Islands Climate Hub https://hiclimatehub.co.uk/ 
Highland Good Food Partnership (also a great podcast!) https://highlandgoodfood.scot/ 
Highland Community Waste Partnership  https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/highland-community-waste-partnership/ 
Circular Communities Scotland https://www.circularcommunities.scot/ 
Incredible Edible Network https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/ 
Community Woodlands Association Scotland https://www.communitywoods.org/ 
Community Land Scotland https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/ 

Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

Jon Dixon from the new Holm Grown and Maria from Knocknagael CIC talk about shielding their green spaces from the wave of urban sprawl in Inverness.
The story is the 4th in a 5-part series of weekly interviews with a variety of grassroots organisations involved in climate, biodiversity and social justice action across Inverness. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-jon-holm-grown-amp-maria-knocknagael-cic/
Credits
Interview recording: Kaska Hempel and Craig Dunn
Edit and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
Holm Grown https://holmcommunitycouncil.org.uk/holm-grown-a-community-growing-space/
Holm Community Council
https://www.facebook.com/Holmcommunitycouncil 
https://holmcommunitycouncil.org.uk/ 
Incredible Edible Inverness https://www.facebook.com/IncredibleEdibleInverness 
Incredible Edible Network https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/ 
Knocknagael Ltd  https://www.knocknagael.org.uk/ 
Community Asset Transfers https://www.gov.scot/policies/community-empowerment/asset-transfer/ 
Community Land Scotland https://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/
Highlands and Islands Climate Hub https://hiclimatehub.co.uk/ 
Highland Good Food Network https://highlandgoodfood.scot/

Tuesday Jan 30, 2024

Our Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, talks to Gina and Mike at Aultnaskiach Dell about the ways they have been taking care of their tiny, urban woodland.
The story is the 3rd in a 5-part series of weekly interviews with a variety of grassroots organisations involved in climate, biodiversity and social justice action across Inverness. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-gina-and-mike-aultnaskiach-dell/
Credits
Interview, recording and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
Aultnaskiach Dell website https://www.aultnaskiach.org.uk/
Community Woodlands Scotland https://www.communitywoods.org/ 
Case study: Aultnaskiach Dell as the Scottish Land Commission case study (includes video and report) https://www.landcommission.gov.scot/our-work/governance-ownership/community-ownership/aultnaskiach-dell-community-woodland
https://www.landcommission.gov.scot/news-events/news/municipal-forests-v-community-woodlands-reflections-from-2020-national-student-award-winner 
Local press article about the early days of the Dell SCIO https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/673891/20000-appeal-launched-to-save-natural-habitat-in-inverness-city-centre/
Abriachan Forest Trust https://www.abriachan.org.uk 
An audio story of Abriachan Forest by Mairi Mcfadyen and accompanying essay on land ownership in the Highlands http://www.mairimcfadyen.scot/fragile-correspondence/2023/audio-piece 
Mairi’s presentation for SCCAN storyteller collective audio skillshare https://youtu.be/HwHo0fjlKjQ?si=szJ25FvAaQo259Xt 
Case study: Abriachan Forest 
https://www.forestpolicygroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Abriachan-FPG-case-study.pdf
Community woodland case studies by Community Woodland Association, including Abriachan Forest https://cdn.forestresearch.gov.uk/2022/02/community_woodland_case_studies_scotland.pdf 

Monday Jan 22, 2024

Our Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, talks to Everyday Changemaker Louise Marshall, the producer for Dance and Accessible Arts at Eden Court in Inverness. 
The story is the 2nd in a 5-part series of weekly interviews with a variety of grassroots organisations involved in climate, biodiversity and social justice action across Inverness. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-louise-eden-court/
Credits
Interview, recording and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
Eden Court Climate of Hope project, for COP26 https://eden-court.co.uk/news/climate-of-hope-a-beginning 
Ink Asher Hemp https://eden-court.co.uk/news/back-in-my-day 
Anthropocene by Gym Jam Theatre https://www.gymjamtheatre.com/home/projects 
It’s Not That Radical by Mikaela Loach https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/61645827 
Louise Marshall https://eden-court.co.uk/profile/louise-marshall
“Not in My Back Garden” performance by Eden Court’s Community Engagemnet Groups for COP28 https://www.highlifehighland.com/blog/eden-court-climate-emergency-performance-hosted-at-inverness-botanic-gardens-this-weekend/ 
The Eden Court’s statement of commitment to climate action https://eden-court.co.uk/news/climate-emergency-commitment?fbclid=IwAR3P5rmOgbJ_BbivDSCwSrmHnVVm7JJxfIrVIzCHFlRaJAqYVOm_1sq_j0g 

Monday Jan 15, 2024

Our Story Weaver, Kaska Hempel, talks to Iain McKenzie, a volunteer and Vice Chair of Inverness Foodstuff.
The story is first in a 5-part series of weekly interviews with a variety of grassroots organisations involved in climate, biodiversity and social justice action across Inverness. 
Transcript 
See our website: https://sccan.scot/blog/everyday-changemakers-iain-mckenzie-inverness-foodstuff/
Credits
Interview, recording and sound production: Kaska Hempel
Resources
Inverness Foodstuff https://invernessfoodstuff.co.uk/
 
Highland Good Food Partnership https://highlandgoodfood.scot/what-do-we-do/ 
Highland Good Food Podcast https://highlandgoodfood.scot/podcast/ 
Cafe Artysans https://www.cafeartysans.org.uk/ 
Cafe 1668 https://www.highlandtsi.org.uk/cafe  
Velocity Cafe (videos) https://www.velocitylove.co.uk/films 
Active travel maps Inverness https://www.velocitylove.co.uk/active-travel-maps 
Highland Community Waste Partnership https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/highland-community-waste-partnership/ 

Monday Jan 08, 2024

In this crossover episode, Katie Revell, a podcast producer and a member of SCCAN's Story Circle and the Storytellers Collective, shares a bonus episode from her Testing Ground podcast series.
It features an interview with Mairi Macleod, a Glasgow-based writer who works in both Gaelic and English, and her short story, Seasickness, or Cur na mara. Mairi’s story updates the traditional Scottish folktale, The Selkie Wife, for an age of climate crisis. 
Testing Grounds series focuses on the collaborative response to the climate crisis by the Nordic Alliance of Artists Residencies on Climate Action (NAARCA). Mairi’s work was commissioned by NAARCA.
Credits
Testing Grounds is produced and edited by Katie Revell and includes original music by Loris S. Sarid and artwork by Jagoda Sadowska. The short story was commissioned by NAARCA from Gaelic writer Mairi Macleod.
Transcript
See our website:
https://sccan.scot/blog/seasickness-cur-na-mara-a-story-by-mairi-macleod-crossover/(opens in a new tab)
Resources
Testing Grounds podcast: https://testinggrounds.buzzsprout.com/2113331 
NAARCA: https://naarca.art/ 
NAARCA blog about Mairi and her commission: https://naarca.art/2023/08/14/testing-grounds-bonus-episode-seasickness-cur-na-mara-a-short-story-by-mairi-macleod-now-available/
 

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