OpenSpace launches with Robin McAlpine Q&A on CommonSocial

Maxine Blane

New question and answers space launches on CommonSocial to give you the opportunity to chat to leading campaigners, politicians and activists

COMMONSOCIAL launches ‘OpenSpace’, a place to join the discussion and get involved in regular question and answer (Q&A) sessions with with those advocating big ideas, covering everything from land reform to inclusive education.

If you’ve ever wanted to chat strategy with Robin McAlpine, or find out more about how to get involved with campaigns and policy on the issues that matter to you, then this is your chance. Today we’re launching OpenSpace, the place on CommonSocial where we’ll be hosting regular Q&A sessions with leading campaigners, politicians and activists.

OpenSpace will be open for you to post your questions to this week’s guests from today, so head over to CommonSocial to become a member of the space and keep up-to-date with future guests and discussions. However, if you can’t be online while a Q&A is happening but would like to pose a question, feel free – all the Q&A sessions will be made available as downloadable resources on the OpenSpace page on CommonSocial after they have taken place.

Robin McAlpine

We’re kicking off the first OpenSpace Q&A with CommonWeal director and CommonSpace columnist Robin McAlpine on Tuesday 30 August from 6-8pm

Common Weal director and CommonSpace columnist Robin McAlpine will be live on OpenSpace from 6-8pm on Tuesday 30 August answering questions about all things strategy for Scottish independence. He’ll be talking about points covered in his new book, ‘Determination’, and his recent columns on GERS and Scotland’s relationship with the EU, as well as answering any questions about how to move forward with a vision of a better future for Scotland. 

Dr Craig Dalzell

Dr Craig Dalzell will be answering all your burning questions about currency options for Scotland on Wednesday 31 August from 7-9pm

Dr Craig Dalzell is a researcher for Common Weal and he’ll be available to answer all your questions on currency options and more from 7-9pm on Wednesday 31 August. His recent look at post-Brexit currency options for Scotland was covered in both the Herald and the National, and has been a talking point on social media. Dalzell will also be answering any questions about his examinations of the economic cases for air passenger duty (APD) and fracking.

How to get involved

Make sure you are registered on CommonSocial to participate in the OpenSpace Q&A’s

To participate in the Q&A sessions on the OpenSpace page, you’ll need to be registered on our social network CommonSocial. If you already have an account you can switch easily between the CommonSpace site and CommonSocial using the green tab you can see in the picture above, and if you don’t, it couldn’t be easier to set one up by following the link on the CommonSpace homepage.

The first time you use the tab to go to CommonSocial you’ll be prompted to log in there using your username and password, which is the same as your username and password for CommonSpace (remember, it’s your username and not your email address eg Maxine Blane not After that you can switch between the two with no need to keep logging in and out.

Once you’re on CommonSocial, head on over the to OpenSpace page and get involved by posting your questions and participating in what is sure to be some lively and hopefully enlightening discussion. 

We’ve also put together a short video on how to get the most from CommonSocial, and our editor Angela Haggerty has written a handy guide with everything you need to know about Scotland’s new grassroots social network.

OpenSpace is your chance to make your voice heard on issues that matter to you by putting your questions to some of Scotland’s leading political activists, campaigners and politicians. Keep up to date with upcoming Q&A guests by becoming a member of the OpenSpace page, and remember that all Q&A’s will be documented and available as downloadable resources on the OpenSpace page.

Pictures courtesy of CommonWeal/CommonSocial

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