Scottish Leaders Forum

Creative partnerships with future leaders

Our Flourish project was at the heart of work for the Scottish Leaders Forum in 2014.

A strong partnership with the Scottish Government allowed for the design and delivery of a programme that involved delegates in the creative process, and a richer engagement with the challenges facing Scotland.

The Scottish Leaders Forum programme sought to improve equality and economy and transform public services. This theme of ‘equality’ focussed us on the important question – Who is Flourishing in Scotland? – and encouraged dialogue about potential opportunities by taking a grassroots approach to working with citizens and different communities.

Working with individuals involved in tackling injustice in the Glasgow area, our team carried out a programme of creative engagements. Groups of people whose voices are rarely heard were asked about their ideas for creating a flourishing society in Scotland.

Their answers were included on a series of kites, and two films were also made.

These films were shown at the Scottish Leaders Forum plenary event in November 2014 – the culmination of our work. Around 160 members attended the event, which also included talks by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, and Scottish Women’s Football captain Gemma Fay.

Delegates discussed how to overcome challenges using creative leadership and encouraging more participation in decision-making.

The project generated actions and pledges for further work, particularly through forming collaborative groups – Creative Collectives. It also created a platform for the development future events, such as the Future Leaders Forum, and embedded creative practice as a new way of thinking in government.

What would make Scotland flourish kite

One of the kites produced during the event.