The workshop brought together members of the local community, a lot of them with a strong creative and artistic background. The workshop had two main goals: to provide a forum to discuss resilience and sustainability on Uist and to present to the participants the Islands (Scotland) Bill. In the morning participants engaged in interactive and group discussion aimed at fleshing out what resilience means from an island perspective and listing sustainability challenges and opportunities on Uist.
In the afternoon SCELG Co-Director Dr Francesco Sindico delivered a presentation on the Islands (Scotland) Bill focusing in particular on the National Islands Plan and island communities’ impact assessment, which led to a discussion about wider island policy related developments in Scotland. Participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the Islands Deal, which has been hailed as “transformational for the economies and communities of the islands” according to the three Island authorities in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. The workshop concluded with a final discussion on how to bring in the “arts” into the project in a bottom up and community led manner.