Meet the Facilitators

“Sometimes, you need a team” - farmer Andrew Booth, Organic Oilseed Rape group

Innovation isn’t necessarily about money and technology, and it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens when people who wouldn’t normally work together join to try out something new, with a built-in space to fail.

But experimenting needs someone to drive activity – someone to call the right people and bring them in, to organise meetings, help figure out what they want to achieve, get consensus and then bring everything together in a project plan.

That person is the facilitator. RISS facilitators come from our partner organisations SAC Consulting, SAOS and Soil Association Scotland.

They are experienced and well-connected in their field. But because they work behind the scenes, their work can go unnoticed.

Here we bring them into the limelight and hear from Alistair Trail (SAC Consulting), Calum Johnston (SAC) and Amanda Brown (SAOS) about their experiences facilitating Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) groups.

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