Surfing a Wave of Change? A National Story Exercise

Surfing a Wave of Change? A National Story Exercise
Gerry Hassan, People Making Waves

A Scottish Wave of Change is about change, Scotland and international connections, exploring the potential of our people, our country and the Olympic and Paralympic values and vision.

It is about aiding and encouraging discussion, stories, creativity and hope in a mass imagination project, opening up and democratising the debate on the future. The first step in creating a future is imagining a new one ….

A Scottish Wave of Change is part of People Making Waves, a four-year ambitious programme exploring connections between people in Scotland and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and using this opportunity to explore what kind of Scotland and future people want. What kind of values? What sort of vision? What is your part in it? And what sort of action?

A Scottish Wave of Change is opening up a commission for stories from established, emergent and hopeful storywriters across Scotland. If you think you have a story in you about Scotland we want to hear it.

We are looking in this first stage for stories around a variety of themes about Scotland, its future and place in the world. The Olympic and Paralympic values of excellence, friendship, respect, determination, inspiration, courage and equality can also be used as starting points. We would like to invite story writers to imagine different Scotlands in any shape or form in the future which address one of the following:

• The values of a future Scotland;

• Ideas of change, participation and involvement;

• New forms, ideas and practices of democracy;

• Scotland’s changing place and that of small nations in international change;

• The connections and possibilities offered for Scotland and Scottish people by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Submissions are asked for of up to 500 words in the above and related themes. All commissioned stories should be no longer than 5,000 words and will be paid a fee of £350. Stories will be published on  and final project book.

A Scottish Wave of Change is led by Gerry Hassan, an associate of Demos in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland and supported by the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

People Making Waves is part of The Scottish Project supported by Legacy Trust UK and the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund and is the first project in Scotland to be awarded the prestigious Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme.

Please send submissions and suggestions to:

Final deadline for first submissions: September 30th 2009