BIP August newsletter and survey - A more resilient Black Isle

04 August 2020

Black Isle Bulletin issue 4, the latest newsletter from the Black Isle Partnership, includes a thoughtful article by Jon Palmer, BIP Chair, on creating a more resilient Black Isle; an update by Asia Cielecka, Community Resilience Coordinator, on the Community response to the pandemic, with organisational and funding support from BIP; an article on litter, also by Asia; and some beautiful images by Nat Wastnidge.

There is also a link to a survey, which all Black Isle residents are asked to complete, on how to create a resilience strategy for the Black Isle.  The requested deadline for completion is Friday 21 August.  (The survey link in the bulletin is incorrect - use the one above).  Jon Palmer says about the survey

Please share this as widely as possible and encourage as many folk as can to complete it. Even if they only answer one or two questions it's all useful. Equally, if you're talking with someone who has a good idea but doesn't want to, or can't, fill in the survey themselves feel free to complete one on their behalf. The more input the better at this stage.

In her Editor's note, Asia writes

Our world has gone through a deep transformation, and many are asking how far will it reach.  Will we create a greener economy and save the planet for the future generations?  Are we to work from home permanently?  Is our life to revolve around Zoom?  Are we safe under the watchful eye of the data moguls?
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There isn’t a one-size-fits all approach as all communities are diverse in their own ways.  To pull together we need to include various (sometimes conflicting) voices, and trust that the equilibrium can be achieved, our economy will be sustainable, grants can be fair and based on self-declaration and that we will grow stronger through embracing change.

All trust starts with self trust, so lets trust ourselves a bit more.

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We are part of the rapidly expanding worldwide Transition Towns movement. The Black Isle is a peninsula of about 100 sq miles ENE of Inverness in Scotland, UK.