Saturday, 22 August 2009

The Dreaming City

I have just read a really inspiring book called The Dreaming City: Glasgow 2020 and the Power of Mass Imagination. It's free to download from Demos's site and I would really recommend it.

The book documents the project, Glasgow 2020, which the authors describe as a mass imagination experiment. It used storytelling and story creation as a way to co-create a new story of the future of Glasgow: “The stories that we tell matter because they indicate how we see the world, and whether we believe we have the power and capacity to shape it for the better. Stories are one of the main ways that we make sense of the world, and understand and interpret our lives and experiences. Stories and engaging people’s imagination are potentially a powerful way to open up the futures of cities in democratic and creative ways.”

4 comments:

Violetwrites said...

cool blog

[Various Artist] = [vʌ] said...

:) Interesting blog, I'm a follower! would like to see shorter entries and more often though.
:)

[vʌ]

Sarah Butler said...

Thank you! I take the point about more entries - it's funny how hard it seems to keep these things up....

[Various Artist] = [vʌ] said...

I know, it's pretty difficult. I find I have to balance it between personal projects posts and inspirational posts, keeping them succinct, though difficult in its own way, helps massively as well. You've got loads to post though, projects such as the Central line one (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/corporate/projectsandschemes/artmusicdesign/pfa/artists/central-line-stories.asp) (don't forget my invite!) and the October...

(we all missed you at the presentation by the way, it went ok, would have been great if you were there :( Hope works coming along fine)