Hopes and dreams for Bath
With a new film, podcast and magazine set to share each story widely across the city, and just a few weeks until the online submission window closes, Good for Nothing Founder, Dan Burgess, is encouraging Bath residents (from 15 years+) to get involved and make their voice heard:
“We all have a story within us. Dream Space is the place to share them.
2020 has certainly been quite the year, but it’s not over yet, and while we are heading back into lockdown, we can use this moment to create positive change. This is why we’re calling on everyone in Bath to step forward and share their feelings, fears, reflections, insights, ideas, and dreams. Although lockdown is forcing us apart, we believe every story will bring us closer together as a community and empower all of us to create the future of our city.
We want to hear from you and listen to what you have to say, so please join us and share your story by submitting via before 30 November or by coming along to one of our November online gatherings. Next - Tuesday 17th - Life in the Pandemic.
Inspired by the powerful and moving protests that shook the city this year, the Dream Space team are really keen to give a voice to those who may not always have a chance to speak up. Ruqia Osman, an anti-racism activist and Dream Space team member, explains why she hopes Dream Space will be an accessible space for all:
“We understand Covid-19 has highlighted a number of existing social and structural inequalities, touching the lives of every person in our city. But we don’t yet know the full story, as not everyone feels they have a voice or a space to be heard.
Dream Space is designed to welcome everyone - whether you wish to put your name to your story or share anonymously. We have no rules or agenda - just say what you want to say, in the way you want to say it.”
Capturing stories from our city is just one part of the Dream Space project, as the team will also host a ‘Dreaming’ event - an online / offline gathering (Covid depending), where fifty people will convene for an amazing day to collectively imagine how Bath could evolve, and how our hopes and dreams could become reality. Dream Space team member and Bath local, Evva Semenowicz, highlighted why they have chosen to also offer a space for social imagination:
“During the first national lockdown, some of us were able to take a step back and imagine what the future or ‘the new normal’ could look like, but in no time at all we were being rushed back into business as usual.
We believe this pause in ‘normal life’ gives us a unique opportunity to reset the future and create better realities for our city’s communities, and we must seize it while we can.
Our Dreaming event will give people the space they need to imagine what could be, and surface ideas for setting our city off on a new path.”
Recognising the impact these three complex issues are having on younger people in Bath, the Dream Space team are keen to work with young emerging Bath talent to capture, curate and share what is heard and imagined over the next few months. Young people with social media, photography, filmmaking and blogging skills are invited to join the Dream Space crew, along with local mentors who could help support them.
To share your story please visit www.thedreamspace.co.uk and submit by 30 November, or to sign up to one of the online gatherings in November, please visit www.thedreamspace.co.uk/events. For all other information visit www.thedreamspace.co.uk or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Your story can change our city and we’re here to make your voice heard.’
This is the call out from the team behind Dream Space; a new community-led project inviting Bath locals to dust off their mics, cameras, and keyboards, and share their personal experiences of three big social issues - the climate and ecological crisis, racism and the social inequalities revealed through Covid-19.
Created by generosity movement, Good for Nothing, with support from the National Lottery’s Emerging Futures Fund, Dream Space is on a mission to give everyone from parents, students, business owners to activists a chance to tell their story. You can film it, speak it, or write it - share via the Dream Space website or at one of the online gatherings in November. Even in lockdown, the choice is yours.