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Held in the Common Good

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Held in the Common Good – Map


This map shows common good items across Edinburgh. Common good items are a particular form of collective property that are unique to, and active in, Scotland today.

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What is common good (in relation to debates on the commons)?

Track 1

> Part 1. Notes on the history of common good in Scotland;

in conversation with artist and researcher Simon Yuill, 18.8.2021 (7.10min)

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Track 2

> Part 2. Notes on common good and time;

in conversation with Simon Yuill, 18.8.2021 (5.10min)

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Track 3

> Part 3. Notes on common good and colonialism;

in conversation with researcher Emma Balkind, 31.8.2021 (2.30min)

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Ruth Ewan, 'Silent Agitator', 2019, image by Tom Nolan, courtesy of Collective.

Resource – Zine 1

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What is Collective’s relationship with the common good?

Push and Pull Towards Common Good

Track 4

> Part 1 Collective’s early research into the relationship between public and private space in Edinburgh;

in conversation with Kate Gray, former Director of Collective, 13.8.2021 (12min)

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Track 5

> Part 2. Collective’s eviction from the previous space at Cockburn Street;

in conversation with Kate Gray, former Director of Collective, 13.8.2021 (5.20min)

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Track 6

> Part 3. Collective’s search for a non-commercial space;

in conversation with Kate Gray, former Director of Collective, 13.8.2021 (14.30min)

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How Collective Inhabits the Observatory

Track 7

> Part 1. Director Kate Gray convinces stakeholders that Collective can take over the City Observatory;

in conversation with Kate Gray, former Director of Collective, 13.8.2021 (17.50min)

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Track 8

> Part 2. The role of the City of Edinburgh Council in activating the common good site on Calton Hill;

in conversation with Frank Little, formerly Museums Service Manager at the council, 22.11.2021(6 min)

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Track 9

> Turning an observatory upside down;

in conversation with Kate Gray, former director of Collective, (10.50min)

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Resource – Zine 2

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J S Pughe, 'An Object Lesson', 1901 (from the collection of the United States Library of Congress). Research image for Ruth Ewan’s, The Beast, 2022.

Learning from other struggles and re-imagining possibilities for common good in Scotland

Track 10

> Part 1. Collective’s activation of common good as a precedent;

in conversation with Kate Gray, former Director of Collective 13.8.2021 (6.20min)

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Track 11

> Part 2. “Common Good has not been tested so much”;

in conversation with Frank Little, formerly Museums Service Manager at City of Edinburgh Council, 22.11.2021 (13.10min)

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Track 12

> Part 3. Other common good precedents;

in conversation with artist and researcher Simon Yuill, 18.8.2021 (13.30)

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Track 13

> Part 4. The case of Union Terrace, Aberdeen;

in conversation with artist and researcher Emma Balkind, 31.8.2021 (23.30min)

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Track 14

> Excerpts from the common good study walks in Edinburgh, 1 & 2 June 2022

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Observatory House, photo: Anna Henly

Resource – Zine 3

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