I was speaking at a Blossom event recently and discovered the folk gathered knew very little about the big issues Scotland needs to grapple with – beyond the big constitutional rammy with London. Since it was a semi-rural area, everyone was interested in Land Reform – but only two folk knew the consultation the Scottish Government had published a Land Reform Bill and the consultation on it had ended this week – they knew because they were also the only two who had submitted responses. There was equally little knowledge of the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill – even though the audience was fascinated and mildly appalled at the snapshots of history and international comparison I was able to offer which show we have the least power located at community level of any European country -- less even than England. Roaming around Scotland to do talks based on the book, I find audiences aghast that they know so little about Scotland, its history, the pioneering achievements of its ain folk and the way our norms sit within a European context. But also hungry for more easy to understand information to raise their knowledge without signing up for a block of evening classes. Can that be done in some imaginative way? Obviously books can fill in some gaps – albeit through the subjective lens of writers with their own perspectives and interests. Maybe night classes are the best way forward with effort directed at making these sound relevant and accessible. Maybe folk do want to know more at certain moments but haven't enough time, optimism academic-led talks will be comprehensible or expectations of a welcome in the educational world to go further. Maybe all of this, though, is precisely what everyone committed to Scotland needs to shift?