Friday 20 April 2018

The Foundation for Common Land and its partners in the Our Common Cause project wish to appoint a consultant to facilitate elements of the project’s development and to support and coach stakeholders from partner organisations and the commoning community in facilitation and conflict resolution skills.

There are two elements to the contract:
1. The successful consultant will work with participating organisations to create a Commons’ Charter which will aim to embed the ten attributes of success identified in the Better Outcomes study in each organisations’ work on common land. A meeting of the entire partnership will be convened early in the development process to take this work forward with the assistance of the external facilitator. The planned date for this is 19th June 2018 in London. Preparation prior to this meeting and follow up work with FCL and partners will be required, potentially including further workshop/s. The Charter will recognise that many of the organisations have different perspectives of commons, and will build agreement about how we work together and respect others’ interests rather than developing explicit objectives.
2. The second element is to support staff and key stakeholders working on the Project from within each of four distinct areas of England - Dartmoor, Shropshire Hills, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales to adapt the Dartmoor model and develop a vision for each common (12 in total). This will establish outcomes for all potential stakeholders to work towards which can then be used to develop joint plans for active management for at least some of those commons. The process will involve, and be supported by the commoners, common owners and main users of the common, including local communities. The vision will address all the principle public benefits and ecosystems provided by the common, including public access, water (catchment and flood prevention), archaeology and cultural heritage, biodiversity, health, food production and carbon storage. Information collected as part of other development stage projects will inform the visioning process.

For more information see Invitation to Tender