Project: Wish Tree

The first ever event after the launch of Yes Scotland last year was a campaign tent at the Meadows Festival in Edinburgh. This weekend we were back at the Meadows Festival handing out flyers and asking people to sign the Yes Declaration, and we decided to try something a little different. Ròs Hunter suggested we should ask people to write down what they wanted to see in an independent Scotland, and we tied these messages up to create a wish tree.

People stopped to have a look and take photos, many of whom were undecided. It certainly added some colour and creativity to the event, and encouraged people to use their imaginations.

All Yes Scotland events should include a wish tree. It doesn’t cost much. All you need is some string and some tags which are available from post offices or stationary shops. If National Collective then collates all these wish trees at the end of the events we could create one enormous public art project. This will really make people think about what kind of society they want to see.

Please send your wish trees to us after your events. Contact andrew.barr@nationalcollective.com for more details.

Andrew Redmond Barr
National Collective

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  • John Daly

    Doesn’t this actively encourage the problem that we have already with the confusion of the referendum question with post-independence party policies?

    • Andrew Redmond Barr

      I don’t think it does any harm to get people to think about what they want from independence. People have different visions of Scotland and that’s fine. The idea of the project is really just to get people to imagine the possibilities.

    • http://twitter.com/WeAreNational National Collective

      This is a great way to combat political apathy whilst encouraging the people of Scotland to imagine a better country. We’re not forming policies here.

    • DougDaniel

      Bear in mind that stopping people from thinking people from thinking about what the future could look like is the aim of the No campaign. BT want to bombard people with negativity so they just dismiss independence as being too much like hard work, without giving it any other thought.

      The way to win this is to say to people “forget about whether or not you want independence for a moment – what do you want Scotland to look like in the future?” Once they start thinking like that, you point out that whatever they’ve just said can only be attained by voting Yes (unless they’ve said “I want Scotland to be the most unfair nation in the world, forced to dismantle the welfare state through increasing cuts to the bloc grant, and home to the largest concentration of nuclear weapons in Europe” – if that’s the case, just walk away). Then they go away thinking about it, and come to the natural conclusion themselves.

      Or don’t even tell them to vote Yes – perhaps just planting the seed of “how could Scotland be better?” in their mind would be enough. Or maybe I’ve just watched Inception too many times…

      Creativity, hope and, above all, the truth are all enemies of the No campaign.

      • Finlay Thewlis

        well said Doug

      • Rós Hunter

        That was exactly the thought process behind it!

        If you start asking people what their hope, or wish or vision for Scotland would be then the thought process should logically take them to a Yes vote.

        Rós x

  • Leithalyak

    Think this is a great idea.

  • Andy Mac

    Wouldn’t it be good if anyone could give definitive answers of what independence would mean ie.what currency ,what status in Europe ,what head of state, what Rate of taxation and how long after the referendum would the first Election be for a independant scottish Goverment ?after all all previouse Mandates would be null and void

    • David Lister

      That will come in time for you to decide YES or NO. SNP say they will use GB pound (and no-one can prevent them from doing so), we REMAIN (after 40 years) members and citizens of the EU, Scotland will decide who will be head of state, initially it will be the reigning monarch, Why do you expect an independent country to tell YOU in advance what its rate of taxation will be, when the Westminster Government/Bitter Together Campaign(s) (one, two or three of them) would not wish to discuss/pre-empt/give credence to a YES VOTE. After our YES vote in September 2014, negotiations will be held with the rUK, but there WILL be an election in 2016 TO ELECT OUR NEW SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT. The People of Scotland will elect their own government, whether SNP, Labour, Greens, Socialists, LibDems (heeheehee) or Tory (FFS, heeheeheeheehee). All other mandates will remain in place until re-negotiated by the Newly Independent Scottish Government. If you want to play games, carry on. I suspect you know the truth and are a BT troll trying to be mischievous. It won’t work.

    • http://scavenger-ethic.blogspot.com/ scav

      That is so NOT the point. The question is how these and other questions should be decided for the next century or so. I and others who will be voting YES think they should be decided in Scotland by a democratically elected (proportional) parliament of the Scottish people.

      Those who will vote NO are saying a first-past-the-post London-biased government that has proved itself to be very resistent to reform will do just fine. That’s hard to justify really.

      The independence question amounts to “do you want all of your future votes to actually count for something?”

      The option for nothing to change ever and all hard decisions to be made for us by some kind of benevolent wizard with all the answers ISN’T on the ballot paper.

  • Miriam

    Oh, i love this idea. I offered my wish at the festival in the meadows at the weekend. Great buzz arounf the YES tent and I over-heard a lot of folk speaking about it later in the evening. Good effort! Hope it all kicks off.