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August 24, 2016

Dare To Dream

Every community has a story to tell about itself. Some are told and retold countless times and come to define how a place is known. Other stories are never told and lurk, hidden away in the community’s collective subconscious. How we imagine our community plays an important part in shaping the places they become in the future. And that’s why the #DareToDream project which runs over the next couple of months is so important. Make sure you take the opportunity to tell your story or begin to imagine a better future for your community.


#DareToDream is an outreach initiative that book-ends and runs alongside the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (a ten day festival running from Fri 21 – Mon 31 Oct). Inspired by Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, we invite schools and communities across Scotland to take part in a collective act of dreaming, storytelling and imagination.

From 1st September to 31st November 2016, storytellers, artists, community groups, schools, libraries and social, cultural and environmental organisations are all invited to host local events encouraging people to discover the stories of their local place and to dream up possibilities for our shared future. Create your own story, invite a local storyteller to visit your school or group, build an Imagination Station in your classroom, library or café, or host a story circle in your living room!

A social media campaign will run for the duration of the international festival in October, with a #DareToDream Day on Thu 27 Oct. On this day, every creative citizen in Scotland is invited to share a dream for the future online – on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Our aim is to make Scotland’s collective imagination visible for the world to see!

Campaign Theme and Resources

Every place, every community, every person has a story to tell. Storytelling helps us connect – to each other, to our past, to our place, to our world – and together we are empowered by our connections. In this sense, our campaign reaches for some big themes: creative placemaking, active citizenship, heritage, sustainability, health and recovery, community change and transformation.

We have worked with the Scottish Recovery Network, the International Futures Forum, the US Department of Arts & Culture, Voluntary Arts Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Forum to create our campaign resources. This includes a freely downloadable #DareToDream Toolkit for schools and communities.

Take Part!

All local groups can register participation and download the #DareToDream Toolkit by visiting the campaign website All local events will be made visible on our #DareToDream map. All resources will be available to download before the end of August.

•          Register here 

•          Download #DareToDream Toolkit

•          Invitation to All Schools (& Schools Registration)

•          Join the #DareToDream Facebook Event

Press release, posters and a logo can be downloaded on the press section of our campaign website

A huge Thank You to our #DareToDream Friends who are sharing this information with their networks and encouraging people to take part!

When:  Local events happening between September to November inclusive

Social Media Campaign: Fri 21 Oct – Fri 28 Oct

Focal point: #DareToDream Day, Thu 27 Oct

Where: Various locations across Scotland. Map of all groups can be found at

What:   Local groups and individuals across Scotland will be taking part in storytelling, story sharing and storymaking activities. Storytellers, teachers and community leaders will engage people in dreaming and envisioning the world they hope to inhabit and – looking back from the future – tell the stories of how they got there. The resulting ideas, images, videos and more will be uploaded to an online platform, yielding a crowd-sourced collective dream for the future, inspiring local creativity and community action.

This is a contribution to Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 #IAD2016