The Great Imagining Newspaper: # 01

by The House of Fairy Tales in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th June 2023 we successfully raised £4,021 ( + est. £378.50 Gift Aid ) with 100 supporters in 54 days

This is a newspaper platforming ideas for a greener fairer wiser future. Buy a copy, a subscription or a stack for your chosen institution.

Project by The House of Fairy Tales

I was reading the newspaper on the tube back to the studio. Good Job! It’s the first thing I’ve seen for a while that made me think ‘It must be exciting to be a young person right now’.  Brian Eno


See below for further details about rewards for higher pledges.

What is The Great Imagining? 

The Great Imagining is just what it sounds like: an invitation and call to action for communities and young people everywhere to imagine a Greener, Fairer, Wiser future. We are connecting the movements that are transforming our world at the pace needed to address the multiple jeopardies facing us if we don't act now. 

What is The Great Imagining Newspaper - #01?

This is the first edition of a quarterly publication that will be engaging and empowering a movement of people in the UK and beyond towards a greener, fairer, wiser future. 

The  64 pages in our Spring issue of our 2023 newspaper contains over 400 articles, reviews, illustrations, book and podcast recommendations, cool organisations, thought experiments and exciting new ideas.

We are going to be distributing this newspaper to secondary school students, universities and households throughout the UK and beyond.

This crowdfunder will enable us to distribute the publication to yourself as well as disadvantaged schools and low-income institutions at no cost to them.

We aim to raise £50,000 which will enable us to distribute 10,000 copies of the newspaper as well as build a searchable, responsive,  playful website to put all articles online for free. 

Here are some sample pages


Chapter 2. Our ‘Activation’ Events...

Over 300 creatives, learners and activists from the local community were involved in producing our November Activation pilot in East London, with a further 500 people attending the event.

We brought school children, artists and industry experts together to make and share work for the 5-day programme which included exhibitions, workshops, classes, film screenings, wellness sessions and lots more.

After the success of our November pilot, we have now activated a further 5 communities in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Rochdale and Kampala (Uganda) to run their own events. See more details on our Earthday pilots here.1681990314_pilotssmall.png1682702745_exetersmall.png

On the Earthday weekend of April 22nd, The Great Imagining burst into life in each of these locations. We were working with brilliant people to bring these communities together to imagine a Greener, Fairer, Wiser future. 


A portion of the money we raise will fund the next set of activations in July. We are planning another 10 activations, developing new relationships with communities across the UK as well as strengthening our existing networks.


Why do we need The Great Imagining?

There are countless, interconnected and massively complex crises unfolding in the UK and across the world; just thinking about where to begin to try and solve them can be overwhelming.

We believe in the uncanny ability of humans to convert imagination into reality...

...and so the journey towards a Greener, Fairer, Wiser Future starts with knowledge sharing, critical thinking and imagination everywhere. 

Like natures mycelium, our small team of people here at The Great Imagining are dedicated to connecting all the brilliant work out there and enabling this to happen.

1682702989_bathsmall.pngHow are we doing this?

To build grass roots momentum towards the global transformations that will ensure a safe and thriving future, we are bringing young people, communities, experts and creatives together to imagine a better future. 

We are building networks of experts and organisations that will support communities and foster fostering productive communication and collaboration, empowering them to turn these imaginings into a reality.


The TGI newspaper and our 'activation' events are just two of the ways we are making this happen...

1681990429_kafka_hi_res_1.png3. Long-term ambition...

We are planning a national campaign of activations, ideas and imagination which links local activations with an international media campaign. 

So we are going to be launching The Great Imagining in November this year ready for COP28 in a cultural mycelium of possibility and positive stories at a crucial time for humanity. Meanwhile we are prototyping and piloting the ideas with communities and networks throughout the UK and beyond.

Thinklopedia platform of future thinking

This will cover a huge range of topics and will take a systems approach to subjects in very accessible, highly illustrated and animated resources.

Thinklopedia Topics

These will be covering a range of subject areas (all of which are connected of course!) including Agriculture, Food, Textiles, Products, The Built Environment, Energy & Power, Transport, Leisure, Education, Culture, The Economy, Organisations, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Politics, Justice, Climate, Water, Waste, Soil, Biodiversity, Ecosystems

Foundation Topics

Who are We? How Do We Think? Systems Thinking; Design Thinking; Carbon Literacy; Futures Literacy; Skills for the Future; Health & Wellbeing.

Find out more here


Illustrations by Jim Hollingworth and Rohan Eason

Rewards for higher pledges


Featured artworks by Gavin Turk, Paula Rego, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Michael Craig Martin, Harland Miller, Mat Collishaw, Jeremy Deller & Alan Kane, Georgie Hopton, Damien Hirst, Dame Rachel Whiteread, Andrew Rae, Fiona Banner & Yinka Shonibare CBE. As well as the above, other artists artworks also offered depending on level of pledge and availability.


The House of Fairy Tales has several portfolios of art prints made in collaboration with our network of creative supporters. We can offer artworks of values according availability and level of the pledges. Please contact us for more details [email protected]

Supper Clubs

The United Council of the Future is the growing circle of funders who are enabling The Great Imagining to grow. The United Council team will be organising a series of Supper Clubs over the next few months to support the work. 

These gatherings will each cover different topics of interest and will be a mixture of learning, networking and exchanging of ideas all accompanied by great food, music and experiences curated and prepared by one of our brilliant partners. 

Depending on your level of pledge you will be invited to come to one of these suppers or for a higher pledge we will help curate one with you in a venue of your choice.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more


1 Newspaper will be delivered to an address of your choice anywhere in the UK. If you live outside of the UK delivery will be organised separately.

£10 or more

Hacks & Hackettes - 2 papers - buy one give one

Two newspapers delivered to an address of your choice anywhere in the UK. (International postage extra)

£25 or more

Syndicated Features - 5 papers - family & friends

Five newspapers delivered to an address of your choice anywhere in the UK. (International postage extra)

£100 or more

Standfirsts - 20 papers - for my community

20 newspapers delivered to an address of your choice anywhere in the UK. (International postage extra)

£150 or more

Foreign Correspondents - 30 papers donated

30 papers donated to a school, university or institution. You get to specify the delivery address of your institution or we will choose for you from the requests from our partners. Plus one for you! (International postage extra).

£300 or more

Telegraph Section - 60 papers donated

60 papers donated to a school, university or organisation of your choice or let us choose one from our list of wonderful partners! Plus one for you and you will receive a name-check in the paper! (International postage extra).

£1,000 or more

Redletter Days - 200 newspapers donated

200 newspapers will be donated to an institution of your choice or we can choose one from our list of wonderful partners! (International postage extra). Plus you will receive a limited artwork 'lucky dip' as well as receiving an invitation to an exclusive 'supper club' event! You will also have the opportunity to sponsor a feature in the next issue.

£5,000 or more

Broadsheets - 1,000 newspapers donated

1,000 newspapers - donated (see above). In addition you will receive a limited edition artwork of your choice from The House of Fairy Tales fine collection and will be offered a bespoke feature in the next edition of the newspaper and will be invited to join one of our exclusive 'supper clubs'. Again to be discussed with people living abroad.

£10,000 or more

The Fourth Estate - 2,000 papers donated

2,000 newspapers donated (see above). In addition you will receive a limited edition artwork from House of Fairy Tales fine art collection. As a founding member of the United Council of the Future you will be added to the guest list for each of our exclusive supper clubs and will sponsor a bespoke feature of your choice in the next edition of the newspaper. Again to be discussed with people living abroad.

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