In today's recessionary Britain, where the incidence of anxiety, insecurity and fear is likely to increase and where trust in institutions remains low, dreams aquire a new importance. Dreams and wishes can represent an untapped source of strength as well as creativity in imagining new alternatives and lifestyles for the future.
The research for Wishful Thinking was conducted over nine months in four different areas of Britain: Harlow, Dummer, King's Lynn and Manchester. It took place in streets, homes, playgrounds and social clubs in areas selected on the basis of their historical diversity, the backgrounds of their residents, their size and their location. The wishes of the nation paint a picture of generosity, pragmatism and hope for the future.
This research was generously supported by Tesco