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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. Her latest book is Hiding in Plain Sight: Exploring Scotland's ill health. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 25/01/2007

When I was involved in setting up the Centre I was always keen for it to provide the opportunity for people to meet up informally and discuss matters of mutual interest. This is why we always wanted to run networking events. In the first year of operation we ran three of these, fewer than wed hoped and last year this was down to two. The simple reason is that with a small staff and a big agenda it is not always possible run things, even when you are committed to the idea. We ran five Vanguard events last year, in different parts of Scotland, so this meant less time for network meetings. Were not planning to drop our commitment to network meetings and hope to organise at least a couple of these this year, but we have come up with the idea of holding monthly, informal events. As youll see from the Whats New section were calling these the First Friday Club to help people remember that were holding them on the first Friday of each month.

Basically all that is involved is that people working in the Centre will aim to go o a bar in central Glasgow for a drink and a chat about 5.00 on the first Friday of each month and were extending an open invitation to people to come along for a chat. . The first one is in All Bar One, St Vincent Street in Glasgow. We might try out a few different venues before settling for one. Check the website beforehand for the venue.

Its difficult to know in advance how long we might stay there but I expect some of us will be around till at least 7 it might be later depending on the chat.

There will be no agenda for the evening. No formal discussion. Just an opportunity to meet up with like-minded people. But not that like-minded, I hope, that we cant get a good discussion, or even argument, going!

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