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About us.

There is too much talk in Scotland about what can’t be done. This campaign is an attempt to set out what can be done in Scotland, in the here and now.

We want to look at how we can become fairer, greener and deliver social justice to our most deprived communities. We aim to come up with ideas on how to build up the country and increase work for young people. We want to talk about how we can support the NHS, and deliver a health and care system that supports families and communities to lead better and healthier lives.  

Our focus is on six key issues – building a stronger NHS, restoring young people’s education, protecting the environment, advancing Scotland’s place in the world, dignity in work, and delivering social justice. These are the priority areas Sots are telling us they want to focus on.  

We want to set positive ideas, provoke fresh thinking, and help create a more fruitful debate for our country that we can all unite around.

This campaign is about showing what we can do, not focussing on what we can’t.

We don’t agree with those who say Scotland can’t. Scotland can. 

Who we are.

ScotlandCan is a campaign run and owned by the Our Scottish Future think-tank. We publish research papers, opinion, and reportage which sets out an agenda for progressive change for our devolved Scottish Parliament.

We source contributions from experts, front-line workers, journalists and young people.

A small team of staff and supporters run our website, and ScotlandCan is governed by a board of advisors who set out the campaign’s strategic direction.

Our Scottish Future was set up in 2019 by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and is a not-for-profit company aimed at setting out a progressive, patriotic case for Scotland and the UK. To this end, it publishes policy papers about the benefits of cooperation across the UK, and has focussed its work on the Covid crisis in the last year. It relies on mostly small donations and the support of volunteers across Scotland. 

Eddie Barnes (Director, ScotlandCan)

Eddie Barnes

Eddie is a former political journalist with the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday titles and previously worked as Head of Strategy and Communications with the Scottish Conservatives. He lives in Glasgow. You can read articles by Eddie here.

Toni Sword (Digital Communications Director, ScotlandCan)

Toni Sword

Toni has several years experience in digital campaigning and communications in the third sector and previously worked as the Head of Digital for the Scottish Labour Party. She lives in Glasgow.

Ross Newton (Videographer, ScotlandCan)

Ross Newton

Ross is a Glaswegian living in Edinburgh. He works in media, has a degree in Acting for Stage and Screen and is often found watching football.

Evie Robertson (Researcher, ScotlandCan)

Evie Robertson

Evie has several years experience in strategy consulting, alongside global health focused policy work for the World Health Organisation and Academic Health Solutions. In her spare time she mentors for The Social Mobility Foundation. Evie is a graduate in Politics and Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

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