First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway from 14-16 November.
The Scottish Rural Parliament brings together people from rural communities with decision-makers, for three days of celebration and exploration. Participants examine a wide-range of issues affecting rural communities and make recommendations for change.
Have a look at the dedicated Scottish Rural Parliament website for more information, including the draft agenda, FAQs and information for potential volunteers and exhibitors.
I learned new things, was exposed to new ideas about eliciting information and commitment from people and I enjoyed the buzz that was created at the event and being part of it.
Anyone who lives or works in rural Scotland, or who makes decisions which affect rural Scotland, can attend the Scottish Rural Parliament. It is free for people from community organisations to attend.