Dearest Scotland

I designed a platform to write to Scotland

I co-founded Dearest Scotland in 2013

 

We crowdsourced visions and opinions on the future of Scotland from citizens and released a book

Over the course of 2014 we designed a platform that gave citizens around the world the opportunity to send us letters about their future vision for Scotland. 

 

We  received letters from each of Scotland’s regions, and also farther afield from Scots who live abroad.

 

In 2015, we crowdfunded £10,000 to release a book of letters that is now stocked in high-street bookstores.

 

Gaining global attention

We were thrilled in the summer of 2014 when the initiative caught the attention of politicians. MSP for Glasgow Anniesland, Bill Kidd, lodged a parliamentary motion in support of the project which received cross-party support from a further 25 members of the Scottish parliament. Our initiative was further bolstered by a letter of support from Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs

 

On the project, Bill kidd MSP said;

 
 

"[Dearest Scotland] allows young people and old from all over the world to voice their hopes, wishes and aspirations for the future of Scotland and its people, no matter what the political or constitutional situation is and promotes the opportunity for people to share with each other their beliefs regarding Scotland’s future."

 

In 2015, the Scottish Parliament invited us to exhibit the letters and launch our book inside their main lobby.

 

To add to our success, we were featured in the British Council's Blurring the Lines exhibition and our team scooped the National Council for the Training of Journalists Multimedia Campaign Award.