About us

The World From My Window was founded by two Dans who went to school together over twenty years ago and have a shared passion for using the arts to bring about social impact.

Dan Boyden is a theatre practitioner, consultant, trainer and facilitator. He has built a career designing and delivering creative projects, often with marginalised groups and communities, in the U.K and Internationally. Dan is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and a Global Master Facilitator for the British Council’s Active Citizens Social Leadership programme. He is Director of The Change Collective; an organisation exploring current and emerging thinking and practice linking arts and social development in the UK and Internationally. Dan recently did a 2017 Ted X talk about the work he does.

Dan Shipton is a world-class creative director and co-founder of Black Skull Creative. From stadium tours for Take That and the globally renowned ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Sochi 2014 games, Dan has used his in-depth knowledge of technical delivery to feeds his imagination creatively. Dan has designed and directed a huge range of shows for a stellar list of clients including Ellie Goulding, BTS, Dua Lipa, Stormzy, 5SOS, Kesha, Hailee Steinfeld, Camila Cabello, Kanye West and Paloma Faith, as well as technologically innovative experiences for BBC Worldwide, EE, Spotify, Huawei, the Parisian hotel Macao and IWC. Most recently Dan co-directed Jurassic World Live Tour; a live arena spectacular developed with NBC Universal and the original filmmaker, Steven Spielberg.

Where did the idea come from?

Dan B – ‘I was talking to a friend in Kampala who told me a story that got me thinking; Uganda is right now in total lockdown, there’s no movement allowed after 7pm. She had left the house to get some medicine and at 6.55pm she found herself 15-minute walk from home still. No cars are allowed on the roads, so she ran, faster than she’d ever run before because she knew that if she got caught on road after 7pm she would have been beaten. No fine, no talking to, no second warning but a beating, regardless of who she was or what she’d done. It got me thinking – this time in history is unique; one third of the world is unable to leave their homes and are sat looking up at the same night sky through their windows. While these windows will be different, some of the feelings we’re experiencing will be the same. We need to capture these stories.’

This is a global collaboration that took shape in just 7 days.

We would like to especially thank Karolinko of enexc&Co for her generosity in providing the beautiful artwork that accompany this project. Also a massive thank you to Carolanne Bamford-Beattie from carolannecomms.com for helping us shape the words that bring our message to life and Rob from RWT Design for building our incredible website.

Without these amazing people this project would still be an idea.