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YAS members launch “Our Future Scotland” film at Scottish Parliament


James Blake and Siobhán O’Connor from the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University launched a short film called “Our Future Scotland ” at Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

The 15-minute documentary was produced in collaboration with Scotland’s Futures Forum , a think-tank of the Scottish Parliament. It is being combined with a national social media campaign to gather the aspirations of people everywhere about what Scotland could look like by 2030. This participatory process will be used to inform parliament debate and policy making.

The Our Future Scotland film showcases leading figures from politics, business, education and the arts on their aspirations for Scotland in 2030. It includes First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the actor Brian Cox, writers Chris Brookymre and David Baille, and the Scots Makar Jackie Kay among others and can be viewed online here.

A panel debate on the themes raised in the film followed the screening at Scottish Parliament with Brookmyre, Cox, Professor Sethu Vijayakumar from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and MSP Clare Adamson sharing their views. This was chaired by the Rt Hon Ken Mcintosh MSP. Anyone can share their vision for the future of Scotland by participating on social media using the #ourfuturescotland or visiting the dedicated website.

This initiative was jointly funded by Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland’s Futures Forum and the RSE Young Academy of Scotland with support from Glasgow School of Art.

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