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The Common Good Awareness Project


No good having an idea without anything to pin it to

We spend a lot of time in our travels speaking to different people and groups all over the place. It is this that informed the idea to set up this project. While there is a whole pile of stuff going on. Much of it is unconnected to any thing else, apart from its own activity or expertise. The position we take is in helping to create links or identifying the critical connections between these activities that are capable of helping to build a movement to challenge institutional power. 

 What we needed was some concrete ideas to get us motivated, to get us interested. A vehicle in which to drive through the humbug, propaganda, and subderfuge that is a prevalent part of city life. So for clarity we localised ourselves to the city, our city. That does not mean to say we limit ourselves to our geographical position. It is to say what we learn can be transferred to almost any place as communities have much the same needs the world over.



We needed to define a target for activity. We found one in the 2050 city plan. The city planners who ever they may be have decided on a thirty year plan for Glasgow mentioned elsewhere. This project happens around 30 years since another event that whilst calling itself "culture" opened the city wide to laissez faire development under the guise of culture and "cultural vibrancy", "creative economy" "world-class" and other such to attract the culture of business. Well if the last 30 years of social decline is anything to go by. The Commonwealth Games devastating the east end into parking lots for future corporate developments for the next 30 year plan no doubt. 

There are around 611,201.2 people in Glasgow

Common Good Awareness Project

While Scotlands Common Good Fund can be found in places all over the county. These publicly owned assets consisting of land, buildings, artwork, jewelery and money and are collectively worth tens of millions

Over time many of these assets have been, lost, sold or stolen. For instance Glasgows, Common Good Fund, which should be used by the communities who own it is used for entertaining visiting dignateries to the city, while the city has refused to  compile a Common Good Register.

While at the same time The Community Empowerment Act under sectin 8 is designed to encourage our common good to be registered. But as usual we can not empower communities without action. And we can not wait for the council to act for us. Unfortunately not enough folk know even of its existence hence. The Common Good Awareness Project



In January 2007, the leader of Glasgow City Council (and now board member of Culture and Sport Glasgow) announced that the management Glasgow's Common Good assets, museums, libraries, social and community policy and much more, would be transferred en masse to a private company (with, for now at least, charitable status). The decision to transfer control of Glasgow's treasured heritage and future social policy was taken without any consultation, discussion or debate involving or including the people of Glasgow; instead Purcell and a very small number of ill-advised and well connected colleagues, together with paid external consultants, worked for months putting a highly questionable business plan together, while the Glasgow people had no idea anything was being planned. From Glasgow lost Nov 2007

Filming |Archiving

We have a collection of equipment for filming and screening and archive as best we can activities, talks and commentary check City Strolls Youtube Channel and will probably start another one dedicated to this project. We are always looking for helpers with lugging gear and people that know there way around photography and video and post production. And of course to record the people and groups that have something to add to the discussion.


We have been working with drones and fancy 360 degree cameras and videoing areas of land and city scapes we wish to hone in on particularly in the east end of the city or parts of the city that less attention is paid to. We have a Glasgow Google Map of places of community and historical interest.  We hope eventually to set up some training ideas and collabourations with other people and film groups to collate footage. At present we are few, so at this point we are looking for folk using this media to help out.

2019 Activities

You can find a list of things the group got up to last year


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