Child development, early years
and the future of Scottish education
Sue Palmer (Editor)
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The Centre for Confidence and Well-being publish the Postcards from Scotland series.
From 2005- 2020 we had a large website with lots of material on it related to confidence and well-being.
It eventually became so large and unwieldy and that we had to take it offline.
We are now making some of our more important documents from the past available on this website.
The Dear Wild Place:
Green spaces, community and campaigning
The Golden Mean:
Fostering young people’s resilience, confidence and well-being
Morag Kerr (Editor) books non-fiction
Right from the Start:
Investing in parents and babies
Alan Sinclair books non-fiction children
Hiding in Plain Sight:
Exploring Scotland’s ill health
Carol Craig books non-fiction publishing
Tears that made the Clyde Scots Crisis of confidence
Knowing and Growing:
Insights for developing ourselves and others
Alan McLean books non-fiction
Violence, culture and a shared public service agenda
John Carnochan books non-fiction Glasgow violence reduction unit knife crime
The Great Takeover:
How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives
Carol Craig books non-fiction Scotland materialism
Education, equity and community
Daniel Murphy books non-fiction
She, He, They:
Families, gender and coping with transition
books non-fiction transgender transistioning
Working for Equality:
Policy, politics, people
Richard Freeman, Fiona McHardy, Danny Murphy (Editors) books non-fiction
Allotments, well-being and community
Jenny Mollison, Judy Wilkinson and Rona Wilkinson books non-fiction growing
Scotland's Local Food Revolution
Mike Small books non-fiction publishing
Breathing new life into organisations
Tony Miller & Gordon Hall books non-fiction
The New Road:
Charting Scotland's inspirational communities.
Alf Young and Ewan Young books non-fiction
What next for a healthy Scotland?
Phil Hanlon and Sandra Carlisle books non-fiction health Scotland
Shaping our Global Future:
A guide for young people
Derek Brown books non-fiction
The Tears that Made the Clyde
Well-being in Glasgow
The Scots' Crisis of Confidence
Companion volumne to Tears that made the Clyde
In the face of huge challenges such as climate change, resource depletion, financial melt-down, globalisation, falling living standards, rising inequality and mental health problems, it is becoming increasingly clear that western societies will have to make huge changes. In short, we cannot go on in the same vein: we need to envision and enact a radically different future.
Scotland is well-placed in some respects to make a significant contribution to this new thinking: we played a major part in the 18th century Enlightenment and many of the factors which facilitated Scotland's leading role are still in place. Namely, we are a small, networked society with strong commitment to social improvement where it is easy to have conversations across subject disciplines.
This period in western culture and Scottish political culture requires outlets for new ideas across a whole range of topics – environmental, social, organisational, political, cultural, psychological, economic and spiritual – as well as new frameworks and ways of conceptualising. Postcards from Scotland aims to help develop this new thinking in a readable and accessible format and publicise, to a much greater audience, some of the projects in Scotland which are already aiming to help bring about a new way of living. books non-fiction.
The Centre also runs some events and advertises them on this site. The blog also sometimes features topics not yet included in our book series.
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