Imagine Being a World Leader


27 April 2020

We've got something a bit different for this week's edition of our Monday Makes. We're delighted to welcome back design action group Dash N' Dem (Dash Macdonald and Demitrios Kargotis) and their 2012 project Imagine Being a World Leader. Here they are to introduce this week's make:

"As we listen to daily speeches from world leaders around the globe responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, you can use the templates and exercises from Imagine Being A World Leader, to learn more about political rhetoric and how to write and deliver your own speech." Dash N' Dem

Originally staged to coincide with the 2012 American Presidential election, the Imagine Being a World Leader exhibition created a fictional political event to enable young people’s voices to be heard, while exposing the methods of politicians and world leaders. Dash N’ Dem worked with local children from Blackness Primary School, teaching them leadership and public speaking techniques. 

The ‘Dundee 2012, World Change Summit’ was based on an exercise book with step-by-step activities introducing political rhetoric, body language and voice projection originally developed in collaboration with public speaking coach Ysabel Claire. Using this resource, the young delegates were taught to write and deliver a persuasive political speech, addressing what they believed would make the world a better place in the future.

We are making this resource available again, to be downloaded and used by young people during this time of dramatic change. A time when we see the potential of large scale political action and collective solidarity, but also a time where people are reflecting on the inequalities Covid-19 has exposed in our capitalist society.

So for this week's Monday Make we're going to focus on making a speech by using words, hand gestures, ways of walking and ways of speaking to communicate your feelings and your ideas. Download your exercise booklet here and make your voice heard! Share your speeches by posting text, video or sound recordings using #DCAmakes and #imaginebeingaworldleader

Here's an example of one of the speech templates included in the booklet to help you start thinking about radical change and what you believe is needed to remake society and build a better future:

You can find out more about artists Dash N' Dem here and see more photos of the exhibition and speeches made as part of the project here.

Images: DashnDem, Imagine Being a World Leader, 2012, Installation Shots, courtesy of the artists. Photographs by Ruth Clark

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