This week on OpenSpace: Q&As with SNP Depute candidate Tommy Sheppard and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch

Maxine Blane

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

COMMONSOCIAL feature ‘OpenSpace’ continues this week with special guests Tommy Sheppard MP, who is joining us for the second of our Q&As with SNP Depute leadership candidates, and broadcaster and land reform campaigner Lesley Riddoch.

OpenSpace is a place to join in the big discussions 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. Come along to OpenSpace, the place on CommonSocial where we’ll be hosting regular Q&A sessions with leading campaigners, politicians and activists.

OpenSpace is open for you to post your questions to this week’s guests, 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.

Tommy Sheppard

Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard will be answering questions about his SNP depute campaign on Tuesday 20 August from 5-6.30pm

Edinburgh East MP and SNP depute candidate Tommy Sheppard will be answering questions on Tuesday 20 August between 5-6.30pm in the second of our Q&A sessions with candidates standing for depute leadership of the SNP. Sheppard spoke at the rally on Glasgow Green to mark the second anniversary of the independence referendum on 18 September, and will be answering questions about his campaign for depute leadership, his aims to widen participation for the grassroots SNP membership and more.

Lesley Riddoch

Broadcaster, journalist and land reform campaigner Lesley Riddoch will be answering questions on Thursday 22 September from 6-8pm

Broadcaster and land reform campaigner Lesley Riddoch will be online answering questions on Thursday 22 September from 6-8pm. Riddoch is the author of the popular book ‘Blossom’, and has been involved with the Our Land campaign for land reform. Riddoch will be answering questions on her broadcasting and writing, her work on land reform, her work with policy campaign group Nordic Horizons, Lateral North and more.

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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