Longer term consultation on lessons and shaping the future

Whilst these immediate needs and ideas are clearly important to seek feedback on , it is equally, if not more important to seek feedback on the longer term, bigger picture ideas about what this tells us about the type of society we have and how we might want to reshape it for the future , to improve outcomes and futures for all.

Why the contribution is important

because surely we all deserve the chance to provide our perspective on lessons learned from this , and resultant actions that should ensue.

by markymalarky on May 07, 2020 at 04:23PM

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  • Posted by frodo May 08, 2020 at 09:06

    Absolutely agree. We have the opportunity to turn the worst of situations into a huge force for change. From social welfare, appreciation of all work, public health, the NHS, environment and so much more. Let Scotland be the leaders.
  • Posted by matheson May 08, 2020 at 11:11

    Willingness to move on from lockdown would be motivated by a sense that we are moving on from a better place than we left.
  • Posted by matheson May 08, 2020 at 11:12

    Sorry: 'to a better place than we left'.
  • Posted by Telselvester May 08, 2020 at 17:29

    Could this be merged with the Citizens’ Assemblies but in formats that allow accessibility?
  • Posted by MAnderson May 08, 2020 at 20:35

    Agree wholeheartedly that this is a good idea. Forums like this are only a mall step in the right direction, only found this by accident and the response rate here to date is disappointing, did others not know about this either or can nobody be bothered to respond? We have a huge opportunity here to change Scotland for the better and try to make something good come out of this tragedy. Hopefully our personal priorities have changed and we have learned what and who is important in life. We have seen examples of the best and worst in our society. Time to capitalise on what's best.
  • Posted by Elkie May 08, 2020 at 23:11

    Totally agree. I, too stumbled across this side by accident.
  • Posted by godboy19 May 09, 2020 at 07:49

    I agree.
    We could look at more homeworking, less traffic, better cycling access, ebikes made cheaper somehow. Zoom and other such tech could be utilised and made simpler to help vulnerable and lonely people, especially the elderly, many of whom don't understand computers. Starkly, the huge decrease in pollution by the lack of cars and planes has been an eye-opener.

    To quote Angela Merkel: "the economy exists to serve the people, not the other way round"
  • Posted by MillyArgyll May 09, 2020 at 10:18

    Essential that we have the opportunity as a country to reflect on what happened, how we responded, what could have been done better, preparedness for a possible 2nd wave and how our society needs to change. So much suffering has occurred but also so much rapid change for good. Can we harness this and not step back into the previous flawed system. Scotland can and should grasp this life changing opportunity.
  • Posted by DH1234 May 09, 2020 at 10:21

    A careful appraisal of what went wrong will surely highlight how austerity measures have created appalling insecurities in our health and social services especially. The societal and environmental issues which have finally become manifest to all of us are enormous. We need as the first minister has said to face these as grown ups. Good services are expensive, we all have to be prepared to pay for these and not at the expense of the poor or the planet.
  • Posted by Stephen666 May 09, 2020 at 11:46

    The public sector becoming more and more "efficient" at doing less and less, until it is 101% efficient at doing nothing is no way forward. The estimated required capacity of anything needs to be exceeded in real life by a working capacity and ultimate capacity. The difference between these 3 terms is redundancy, often referred to as resilience. General taxation and general charges, together with borrowing did not even cover the cost of "required capacity". The costs of the 3 terms when applied need to be set out and the electorate will decide either by referenda or election, aside from Indyref2.
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