If you want to know what community minded people do, then joining them at a gathering like a conference is a great way to get a charge of energy, lots of ideas and meet loads of new enthusiastic people.
This week's podcast is part match report from the Development Trusts Association Scotland conference and part an examination of the issues raised. Reflections on Alex Neil's speech are tempered by the 'cosmic bureaucrat' described by Colin Mair of the Improvement Service. The state of the country's high streets also features in the discussion. And not in an abstract, beard pulling type of way but with some very practical observations and ideas; like the experience of the bakers of Dunbar. It is a very positive upbeat podcast this week.