Every place, every community, every person has a story to tell.

Stories are at the core of how we identify and express ourselves, interpret and shape our worlds. Storytelling helps us connect - to each other, to our past, to our place, to our world - and together we are empowered by our connections.

#DareToDream reaches for some big themes: creative placemaking, active citizenship, heritage, sustainability, health and recovery, community change and transformation.  We'd like to thank the Scottish Recovery Network, the International Futures Forum, research and design collective Lateral North, Voluntary Arts Scotland, the US Department of Arts & Culture and the Scottish Storytelling Forum for sharing their ideas and helping us create these simple resources for you to use as a starting point to explore these themes.

Before you get started, have a read of these helpful briefings from Voluntary Arts Scotland:

Finding a Venue

Events Checklist


This toolkit contains all the basic information you need to take part in the #DareToDream campaign.  It suggests ideas for hosting local events, has instructions on how to build a #DareToDream 'Imagination Station',  ideas for some some  dreaming activities and information on how to book a storyteller. It also explains how to take part in the social media campaign running from Friday 21st - Friday 28th October. Don't miss our #DareToDream day on Thursday 27th October!



For thousands of years, people gathered in circles around fires to tell stories. A story circle is a small group of individuals sitting in a circle, sharing stories — usually from their own experience or imagination — focusing on a common theme. The guidelines are easy, and the results are often surprising. As each person in turn shares a story, a richer and more complex story emerges..

These instructions have been adapted from the US Department for Arts and Culture #DareToImagine campaign in 2015.



This resource has been adapted from  Common Ground, an arts and environmental charity based in Dorset, England.

This is a tool created to inspire people and communities to discover and re-discover whatever is distinctive about a place: rivers and landmarks, plants and animals, buildings, customs, dialects, celebrations, names, recipes,  history, myths, legends, story and song. Creating an ABC of your local place is a a way to discover the stories of the past and is a starting point for local dreaming...


This resource is inspired by research and design collective Lateral North’s Possible Scotland Project.  

Community development is the product of many choices, but who gets to choose? Some people feel that it’s up to developers, but this activity shows how communities could look if everyone were part of those choices.  What possibilities are to be found in your back garden, your street, your community, and your country?  Re-draw your community map to reflect the things you value most and want to shape the future! 


This resource has been designed by the Scottish Recovery Network to support people affected by mental health problems on their recovery journeys. 

Write to Recovery is a website that provides tools and inspiration to help write and share personal stories of lived experience.  Evidence tells us that recounting and sharing recovery stories has much to offer in terms of recovery, wellbeing, resilience, identity and meaning. 

You can also download these Story Sharing Guidelines to inform the process of sharing personal experience. 

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This resource has been adapted from the International Futures Forum, a think tank and charity that exists to develop a philosophy about how to make sense of today's complex world.

A civic conversation is a very simple café conversation - without an agenda -  conducted in a specific space under a few guiding principles. Each conversation ends with participants leaving behind a question that has arisen for them from the discussion – all of which are fed forward into future sessions. Central to the idea of civic conversation is that it opens up dialogue for the multiple perspectives which combine to make a community. 


This resource is a 20 -page 'Pedadogy of Dreaming' created by storyteller Beth Cross.

It is intended as a guide for teachers and youth group leaders, with simple drawing and dreaming activities inviting children to explore the bridge between the inner and outer world that stories offer. 

Beth is also a lecturer in Community Learning and Participation. She she has worked with a number of creative interdisciplinary projects involving participants, encouraging their own creativity across mediums of expression such as storytelling and and visual arts.


This Journal is designed to accompany activities in the Pedagogy of Dreams,  but it can also be used on its own.

It is for you to use to play with dreams and stories and everything in between. You can use it to draw or scribble down things from what you dream when you first wake up. You can also use it to record daydreams and doodles. You can take characters, places, and events from your dreams and see what they become as you turn them into stories.    

Remember: dreams can come true in curious ways, the more curiosity you have…



October and November are the best months of the year to plant spring bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. This resource has some handy tips for planting!

The Daffodil has many myths, legends and is the leading flower in many old tales. It is a symbol of rebirth - a sign of the new beginnings that come with spring.

 Get together and find a local place - a community garden , a neglected piece of land , some pots or window boxes - tell some stories and and grow the future!