Changemaker: 101 Virtual Mini-Residential

We often hear ‘be the change you want to be’. But the question is also often…. ‘how’?


Right now, the world seems to be on fire. On almost every level there is struggle, inequity, damage. There is also profound opportunity, hope and possibility. We often hear ‘be the change you want to be’. But the question is also often…. ‘how’?

How do you initiate high-impact change? How do you think and live well in a complex, often unjust world? How do you align your education and experience to know where to place your energies? How do you work with others and lead in ways that generate true solutions? You’re getting a Cambridge degree. But what are you going to do with it?

The Changemaker Mini Residential is a 2 day programme for Homerton students who want to make sustainable, profound change. The world needs people able to facilitate wise thinking and action at every level - personal, societal, global. Changemaker is built around the powerful yet simple idea that this is possible given the right conditions. It’s also built on the idea that there is more to be done: that we’re not usually taught how to see complexity with clarity, how to make decisions under duress, how to really connect with others. Changemaker offers you ways to work towards this.

Equally, Changemakers offers no easy answers. There are no theories to follow to the rule. Instead, the programme helps you build tools for accelerating success, now and beyond Cambridge. Those tools include:

  • asking powerful questions and identifying assumptions
  • deepening your self-awareness - values, knowledge, drivers, tendencies, habits

  • understanding theories of change (particularly but not only in relation to climate crisis and the UN Sustainable Development Goals)

  • experience with systems thinking & mapping (looking beyond and across the obvious boundaries - in your own thinking, in defining a problem - to work with others and achieve impact)

  • deep listening 

  • humane leadership principles for the 4th industrial revolution, from ego to eco

  • case-making: organisation, proposals, feasibility, financials, communications

  • qualities of changemaking– courage, awareness, resilience, openness, enterprise, perseverance, ethical reasoning

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