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My Future's in Falkirk
IFF have been involved from the start in the development of the Falkirk Action Plan, a joint venture between Falkirk Council, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and BP Grangemouth. This was one of IFF's original case encounters in which we asked local organisations to share with us their most difficult problem, preferably one that showed up as a paradox. The challenge here was how to transform the local economy in response to large redundancies at the BP plant announced at the end of 2001. The Falkirk Action Plan was developed in response. This has now been branded My Future's in Falkirk and has gained national and international recognition for its innovative approach to community/business partnership. The story of the original case encounter and IFF's part in this successful development is told in a short article in the autumn 2005 edition of the Journal of Futures Studies (see downloads, below). A full report of the case encounter is also available for download.
IFF remain closely in touch with the project and the process. It is now clear that it is time to move to the next level with this initiative, in particular to allow the Plan to become much more thematic, more all-embracing and to dissolve the distinction between what is in the Plan and what is outside it. If there is a spirit and a mindset that informs My Future's in Falkirk then that spirit and mindset should now be spread beyond the original Plan. Meantime there is an ongoing challenge to maintain and renew the spirit and mindset amongst the partners - Falkirk Council, Scottish Enterprise and BP, not least given the recent floating off of the chemicals business from BP which leaves the Grangemouth site under new ownership.
Falkirk Council, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, Innovene, BP, Community Partners Institute Pittsburgh. BP is also a core supporter of IFF.
Last updated: 16 Jan 2012
IFF is working closely with Falkirk Council on the evolution of the Plan, contributing to regular strategy meetings and organising special events with key players to advance the spirit and practice of economic transformation in the area. A learning journey for the corporate management team took place in September 2005, and a full day's dynamic thinking event took place in November. The latter included IFF associate Denys Candy of the Community Partners Institute (www.communitypartnersinstitute.com) whose innovative approach to community renewal in Pittsburgh holds many lessons for our practice here.
Documents for download
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Falkirk's Future case encounter
Report from the IFF's initial visit to Falkirk in April 2002 and subsequent analysis of how to ensure that BP's decision to downsize its workforce acted as a spur for economic transformation.
Date: 30 Nov 2005 Size: 1.3MB