Trailblazing dialogue walks for Scotland

Fire Starter Festival

Trailblazing dialogue walks for Scotland

by Fire Starter Festival
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The third event in the event series curated by Fire Starter Festival about exploring the influence of the arts on public services. #fsf2020

About this Event

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking” Fredrick Nietzsche.

Sharing experiences and research on the art of dialogue walking – what we are learning and what’s our next step?

There is no denying we are living in unprecedented times. So much is changing around us that it can be difficult to make sense of. Many of us feel powerless to act, to make any kind of change as it feels like a drop in the ocean. Could walking and dialogue help deepen connections, build relationships and develop ideas about what the future of Scotland might look like? We know that there is considerable and inspiring evidence that walking can play an important role in changing perspective, extending networks and developing creativity. Could this process lead to “micro-actions” that develop ourselves, our communities and a future Scotland?

This event will share the outcomes of a prototype of a series of dialogue walks where people who didn’t know each other went for a walk and reflected on their biographies, their aspirations for themselves, their communities and for Scotland. We will also hear from Professor Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen and Claudia Zeiske from the Deveron Project. Both have been at the forefront of research and pushing the boundaries of our understanding of why walking is an essential to our lives.

The is event is aimed at anyone interested in how we can use walking and dialogue to have deeper more honest conversation, stimulate creative thinking and action.


This event is the third and last event in the ‘Exploring the influence of the arts on public services’ series on 28 January 2020. The series is curated by the Fire Starter Festival events team and hosted by various partners. The event is part of Fire Starter Festival 2020. #fsf2020

Fire Starter Festival (FSF) is an annual three week festival highlighting and celebrating innovation and creativity in Scottish public services, with a particular focus on transformational change. It allows people from all aspects of public service to showcase and share the innovative and creative ways they are making a difference to Scotland. Please check out all the different events in our FSF events calendar. The festival runs between 27 January and 14 February 2020.

Other events in the series are:

The Art of the Impossible: the producer competencies (28/01/2020 : 09:30-12:30)

Decorate or Disrupt: what is the role of art in transforming public services? (28/01/2020: 13:00 – 15:30)


Date And Time

28-01-2020 @ 16:00
28-01-2020 @ 19:00


36 King's Stables Road, Whitespace, Edinburgh, Scotland

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