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KNOCA Learning Call: Scotland’s Climate Assembly

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The report of Scotland’s Climate Assembly was tabled in the Scottish Parliament on 24 June 2021. This was the culmination of 7 weekends of learning and deliberation by members of the Assembly that began in November 2020.

This first KNOCA Learning Call provided an opportunity for members of the network to find out more about the political context, process design and impact of Scotland’s Climate Assembly and key learnings for public officials, practitioners and civil society organisations.

We were join by Susie Townend (head of the independent secretariat), Kaela Scott (facilitators and design team lead) and Oliver Escobar (member of the Stewarding Group). Graham Smith, Chair of KNOCA, facilitated the conversation and questions from the audience.


Kaela Scott is Director of Innovation and Practice at Involve, a UK charity working to put people at the heart of decision making. She led the design and facilitation team for Scotland's Climate Assembly.

Oliver Escobar is Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Academic Lead for Democratic Innovation at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. He is in the Stewarding Group of Scotland’s Climate Assembly.

Susie Townend heads the independent secretariat responsible for the arrangement of Scotland’s Climate Assembly. She is a civil servant, previously working on public engagement on climate change and adaptation at the Scottish Government and before that headed the UK Government’s climate team at the British Embassy in Berlin.


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