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The difference a story makes

Hello there! My name’s Kirsty and I’m the researcher who was working on the project to look at the experiences of people who have been involved in u.lab in Scotland which has resulted in the series of blog posts which have been featuring here over the last few months.  I’m a PhD student at the […]

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Help us sense into u.lab Scotland

If you’ve been along to a u.lab Scotland event recently, you’ll be aware that they’ve been hosted by a “holding team” – a self-selecting group of people from across u.lab Scotland with an intention to help grow and sustain u.practices in Scotland.  The events have been just one way we’ve been doing this. For the […]

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Crystalizing opportunities in the financial services sector

Alan Thornburrow is the Chief Executive of Scottish Investment Operations,  a professional body for the financial services sector in Scotland.  During our conversation about his experience of u.lab, he speaks of how he is at the point in his u.lab journey where opportunities are beginning to pop up for him.  He notes that the people involved […]

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From “stuck at the bottom of the U” to action

Valerie Jackman is a lecturer at Edinburgh College.  In this film, Valerie talks of how she moved from feeling “stuck at the bottom of the U” to taking action on her idea. Many people we talk to also experience being stuck at the bottom of the U.  It’s perhaps understandable when many of us don’t […]

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The personal and professional

Eleanor Ogilvie is a Programme Manager with See Me (https://www.seemescotland.org/), Scotland’s programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.  When I spoke to her about her motivation for taking part in u.lab she spoke of looking for something that would help her with big system change around ending mental health stigma for people with mental […]

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Connecting back to yourself

This week,  we talk to Stephen Gallagher, Deputy Director of Public Bodies and Public Service Reform, Scottish Government as we move further down into the u.process to the Presencing stage or “the bottom of the U”.  Presencing is one of those words that doesn’t always sit easily with people but is a blend of sensing […]

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Co-sensing – a deadly conversation

  In the final of the series of four blog posts around the co-sensing element within u.lab Kuladharini, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Recovery Consortium, talks about using u.lab tools to have a “Deadly Serious Conversation” around tackling the issue of death from substance misuse.  When I spoke to her she noted that this […]

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