About

Fire Starter Festival (FSF) is an annual festival held in January and February. The festival celebrates innovation and transformation in all public services, not just the government.

We support event organisers in putting on their own events on topics and themes that matter to them, while also hosting the launch and a few events during the festival. FSF celebrates doing something a bit different than usual. It is a great platform, opportunity and permission slip to get a different audience than usual and play around with the format of your event. FSF is run by the Collective Leadership for Scotland team at The Scottish Government.

The First Minister has provided a clear commitment to empowering individuals and communities to become involved in designing public services. You can see a video of The First Minister talking about FSF at our 2018 launch event here. Many people across Scotland are currently lighting their own small fires by exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes.

FSF provides a unique opportunity to share the stories of these fires of change, as well as deepening our knowledge and skills that underpin transformation. It allows people from all aspects of public service to share innovative and creative ways that we are all making a difference to Scotland.

The latest festival was held between 27th January and 14th February 2020.

See the latest edition of our Fire Starter Festival newsletter ‘The Spark’ here.

You can subscribe to ‘The Spark’ here.

To learn a little more about what FSF is about, please watch this short video, filmed with participants and hosts from the 2017 festival: