On this one hour call Dr Mark McKergow, creator of the Village In The City initiative, will be joined by Lara Celini of Willowbrae, Edinburgh in Scotland. Lara is an experienced village builder and has done a great deal to build community and connection in her neighbourhood, and will share her learnings and experience. Mark and Lara will talk about the initiative, the latest developments and practical next steps you can take right now to build your own Village In The City.
There will also be a chance to ask questions, interact with our other guests, and have a chat about your own village-building ideas and activities.
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Lara Celini started ‘Willowbrae Community‘ in Edinburgh in 2014, an informal group of neighbours who came together to organise a BIG LUNCH and street party, which turned into an annual event, and led to many other community building events. As well as volunteering in her local community, Lara works for the charity Humanist Society Scotland as their Community Engagement Manager, works freelance as a Humanist Celebrant conducting weddings, baby namings, and funerals, is a Member Pioneer for The Co-op in Edinburgh East supporting local causes, and is an Independent Assessor for Investing in Volunteers.
Dr Mark McKergow is an author, speaker, facilitator and consultant based in Edinburgh’s West End village. His work over three decades has been about humanising organisations in learning, changing and leading. He is the co-author of six books including The Solutions Focus and Host: Six new roles of engagement. He has spent nearly two decades researching and writing about the role of the host in bringing people together, and was also the first network co-ordinator for the international Sunday Assembly movement of ‘secular churches’. Mark started Village In The City as a post-COVID initiative to encourage people to build on the micro-local communities which emerged during the pandemic.