Here’s all our original online content in the run up to HTP…
what’s your big idea for portobello?
Heart Talk ran over 21-22 november 2021 and offered anyone who lives or works here space to hold the conversations they want on the future of Porty.
Here’s our flyer – you can see the more detailed programme here).
WHERE? They were held in a variety of venues (Bellfield, St Mark’s, Wash House, etc). Heart Talk created a programme, so people could join whichever conversations they were interested in. They could join for the whole or part of the conversation, and there were different ways to contribute – from joining in with the chat, to leaving a post-it comment.
HOW? We made an open call to ask folk whether they’d be willing to hold a conversation on their issue. We asked folk to let us know what issue they wanted to host by 21st October, so we could promote it alongside the others on the leaflets and posters, and here online. We offered a facilitator for each one where it’s wanted, and a guide to holding successful conversations.
SO WHAT? See our report and the session notes for more information on what may come out of the conversations.
WHY? These conversations were to find out what our community needs, what the threats and opportunities are, and how we might organise our response. Action Porty is keen to be part of that response where that is useful, and we also hoped other ways of organising can emerge from this process. (See background here)
The CUBE – 13th Nov: 10 – 5pm High Street
The CUBE project offered everyone the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the future of Porty – draw, write or grafitti on the Cube. Saturday 13th November, anytime between 10am and 5pm outside the Bank of Scotland on Portobello High Street.
Here’s our programme for the weekend of the 20th/21st November.
Click on the image below for a full calendar where you can click on each event to see a more detailed description, or see the full descriptions below this image.
What is education for?
Saturday 10-12 Bellfield Celebration Hall
Serge Marti, Gemma Sethsmith, Simon Bateson, Alan Hepburn
Is education as currently provided in Scotland fit for purpose? How can the education system best reconnect us to our communities, to nature, to the skills and sensitivities children need?
Some possible themes:
How can we help children become active citizens in the face of the climate emergency? Are teachers valued and supported enough? Is the current ‘closing the attainment gap’ approach working? What’s the impact of private schools on our community? Why can high school be frightening and disempowering?
What can we learn from flexi-schooling, Forest schooling, or from Indigenous learning and nordic schooling? Can multi-age, multi-ability learning and community music / learner-led approaches help include everyone, and enable creativity to be at the heart of learning and living?
Moving around Porty
Saturday 11am-1pm – Outside Town Hall
Porty Community Energy and Spokes Porty
(Part 1 of a two-part transport conversation)
Talk to us about how you get around Portobello – What is good? What is not so good? What would you like to change?
Grief and Building Resilience: How do we care for ourselves and each other during times of transition and grief?
Saturday 1.30-3.30pm St Marks
Building Resilience: how do we create safe, inclusive and caring spaces in our community where those who are grieving and / or passing through a significant life-transition feel seen, heard and supported?
The future of work
Saturday 1.30-3.30pm Wash House
Lynn Houmdi, Jess Gildener and Susanne Müller
Our “Heart Talk” offers anyone living or working in Portobello an opportunity to shape a conversation on the future of work. We reflect on the changes to the way, hours and location of work brought about by the pandemic and explore our collective futures using inclusive and community futures tools.
Saturday 1.30-3.30pm Bellfield Small Hall
Cinemas have been a velour and flip chair experience for most of their existence but the Cameo. Filmhouse and Dominion show that it can be different.
We have the opportunity to create a different viewing experience in Portobello venues and the possibilities are huge. Come along for a chat about what cinema could be in Portobello and express your own preferences. We could do “meet the stars”, “what was that all about?” or just “wasn’t that great!?” social events. We could have live music played to silent movies, comment from film experts, sing-alongs, party films or arty stuff and exotic movies from far away lands as well as film festivals.
Come and have a chat, get your ideas logged down and maybe be part of the curation of the Porty community cinema scene. Whatever you like but do come.
Pedestrianising Our High Street
Saturday 4-6pm Bellfield Small Hall
What would a pedestrianised Portobello High Street look and feel like and how would it contribute to a sustainable community? There are many challenges before this can be achieved, not least of which are our collective car ownership and the local authorities willingness to reduce the amount of traffic generated and passing through Portobello. However, without a vision of what improvement this would bring and how it could be introduced, we will be subject to what others want for us.
A lively Prom that works for us all. How do we manage the success of the Prom?
Saturday 4-6pm Bellfield Large Hall
As the prom gets busier and busier, what do we need to do to ‘manage’ this demand in a way that minimises the negative impact on local residents, and ensures the beach and Prom can enable visitors and residents alike to improve our well-being?
Could Porty have a Community Fridge?
Sunday 10-12 noon Bellfield Celebration Hall
Join me for a breakfast of perfectly good food which has been rescued from shops that would have thrown it away. Food waste is a massive issue and many other places have started up community fridges to tackle it, providing healthy food for those who need it and reducing food waste in the process. We’ll hear how folk in Dundee set up their community fridge project and talk about how it might work here.
Sunday 10-12 noon Bellfield Large Hall
Kerry-Anne Sauter-Deraps/Jenny Messer
How can we reimagine our pockets of unloved or under used green and brown space?
Non-traditional growing sites such as bus shelter roofs, areas of waste ground, roadside verges, as well as redesigning our parks as spaces for community food growing, planting for wildlife and spaces for people to gather, really bringing nature and food into the heart of our community.
We’re realising how much being in nature benefits our physical and mental health and how lacking in exposure we are as a nation. We saw through lockdown how people turned to their gardens and local outdoor spaces. Is there ways we can maximise our nature connection in our urban environment and increase growing spaces for those with little or no access of their own? How could these areas improve our connection to each other?
At a time when we’re beginning to see the effects of climate change, biodiversity loss and with episodes of food shortage, how can we take responsibility for growing in our community to benefit all?
Seafield development – opportunity or threat?
Sunday 12-2pm Bellfield Large Hall
What do we know of the current plans that are emerging for Seafield? Will the development bring benefits, area renewal and affordable housing to the Portobello community or will it overwhelm our services and dominate the Seafield beachfront? What does the new housing area need in terms of its design, services, transport, open spaces and other aspects of a successful development? How can the community engage with the proposal and best shape this new neighbourhood?
Providing community-led housing opportunities in Portobello?
Sunday 1.30-3.30pm St Marks
Ian Cooke / Jayne Saywell
This conversation looks at the housing need in Portobello, and explores what can be done to provide new housing opportunities – both owned and rented – for local people through community-led development. We will be joined by John Kinsley and Pete Allen of CoHere Collective Custom Build who will outline what collective custom build is, and how the approach can be applied to different types of housing.
Supporting new parents in adjusting to life out of lockdown
Sunday 1.30-3.30pm Bellfield Small Hall
It takes a village to raise a child, but lockdown removed that support network from new mums everywhere. The struggle is ongoing with activities being the last to start up again. This conversation is to allow parents to talk about their experiences and make suggestions as to what we can do locally to support each other.
Reclaiming the streets of Porty – How do we reduce traffic in Portobello and make it cleaner and greener?
Sunday 2-4pm Bellfield Large Hall
Porty Community Energy and Spokes Porty
(Part 2 of a two-part transport conversation)
Based on the results of recent transport surveys we will discuss how to reduce car traffic in and through Portobello, how to enable and inspire people to leave their car, and priorities for active and shared travel.
How can community organising and decision making in Portobello be enlivening and effective?
Sunday 4-6pm Bellfield Large Hall
Dave Francis, Eva Schonveld and Justin Kenrick
Decision-making needs to include everyone. It also needs to respect and learn from different points of view, but airing these differences can lead to conflict.
How do we handle real differences in a way that respects diverse viewpoints and experiences, and so strengthens rather than divides us as a community?
How can we organise in a way that is inclusive, energising and manages differences? And how should we make decisions: by majority, consensus, or are there other ways? What can we learn from people’s assembly and citizens’ assembly processes?
This conversation is to think about how we as citizens can collectively respond to the rapidly increasing challenges we face now and in the years ahead where community is likely to become far more critical to ensuring our needs are met and our responsibilities enabled.