Royal Society of Arts anniversary event

RSA questions the resilience of Scottish communities

At one of the events to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Society of Arts, Geoff Fagan, rural community specialist and Strathclyde University academic, and Rani Dhir, urban regeneration expert and Director of Communities Scotland, explore the how and why of achieving resilient communities in Scotland.

The event is one of a series entitled 'In Conversation' created between the National Library of Scotland and the RSA Scottish Committee, and takes place on Wednesday 13 April at 7pm at the Library's George IV Bridge Building.

This conversation between two of Scotland's most experienced practitioners of community development will highlight key perspectives and different priorities in strengthening communities and achieving 'resilience'. Just how different are our urban and rural communities, and do resilience and development mean different things in different places? Where have the political priorities been, and to what effect? And to what extent can communities foster resilience for themselves?

Matthew Haggis, Fellow of the RSA and facilitator of the evening's conversation says: 'We hear a lot about 'community', especially around election time, but how often do we really stop to think about what it means? I am delighted that we are bringing these two highly experienced and down-to-earth people together in conversation and I am sure we can look forward to some rare insights.'

Tickets for the event are free of charge, but will be in great demand so please book in advance on the National Library of Scotland Events Line — 0131 622 4807, or email

3 April 2005

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