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Our Future Scotland

Blake, James



The 'Our Future Scotland' film project was commissioned by the Scotland’s Futures Forum at the Scottish Parliament in early 2018 and was designed to engage people to share their visions and aspirations for the future. The research project became a major element in an initiative to widen participation in the political sphere - both with public screenings and on digital and social media platforms. As other countries have lamented a drop off in political engagement in recent years, Scotland has seen a spike in activity since the Independence Referendum in 2014 which has largely endured throughout the constitutional debates around Brexit. For the Scottish Parliament, and the Our Future Scotland project, the challenge was to harness this momentum of engagement without becoming entangled in partisan politics. The film project combines many of the established methodologies of participatory video with the interactive opportunities afforded by remediated digital content. It serves as a case study exploring how media practitioners and researchers can collaborate with public institutions to increase citizen participation.


Blake, J. (2018). Our Future Scotland. [Video and online digital content]

Digital Artefact Type Video
Acceptance Date Jan 10, 2018
Online Publication Date May 16, 2018
Publication Date May 16, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 15, 2020
Keywords Interaction participation Scottish Politics
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Additional Information The output combines a 15 minute video that has been published online on a number of different platforms. The film has also been shown at various public screenings at the Scottish Parliament and across the country. The output also includes other digital content on a dedicated website and shared on Social Media. The archive of video content can be accessed here: