Changemakers Annual Residential: Applications are now open! A few places left!

By Jane Mumford 5min read

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.’ Martin Luther King Jr

Come and spend a week building transformational leadership, skills, and networks crucial for shifting the dial in our world. Changemakers’ Annual Residential is an intensive, immersive & multidisciplinary programme, focused on helping you develop a toolkit for life - your purpose and motivation; understanding power and how it works; ethical, justice-focused practical tools; and the ability to get things done and be truly impactful.

Apply by 5pm July 16 


During the week you’ll move from focusing on Self, to Society, and then World - you’ll do this through a curated programme of plenaries, workshops, parallel sessions, peer-coaching groups,1:1 mentoring, discussions, artistic performances, a field trip, access to a co-working/quiet space, and plenty of good food and coffee in the mix. There’ll be evening sessions with world-leading changemakers, and the chance to network with them. At every step of the way you’ll be invited to reflect on the skills you’re building and the insights you’re developing, layering up the learning as you go. And the experience is supported by a fulsome set of ‘‘Sources for Thinking’ & extensive readings. 

This year guest faculty include:

other, activists, academics, artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors & policy-makers and members of the Changemakers home-team 

We’ll also be joined by special guests from the Cambridge innovation ecosystem including  Abhi Naha, Chief Commercial Officer Cambridge Wireless; Rupert Baines, serial entrepreneur and CEO; Claire Rose, Innovation Consultant; and Jerry Wu, Head of Investments Tus Park.

Apply by 5pm July 16

The Schedule

The schedule is organised around three strands:

Self: changemaking begins with you

  • Self-awareness
  • Motivation
  • Inner development
  • Values & your personal manifesto

Society: the tools you need to make a mark

  • Deep Listening
  • Collaboration
  • How power works
  • The powerful effects of imagination
  • Rhetoric and the art of speaking
  • Enlarging our toolkit for ethical practice & justice
  • Creativity, art and mindful practices
  • Entrepreneurship

World: levers for change

  • An introduction to change models
  • Systems Thinking
  • Innovation Loops
  • Case Study Field Trip: Regenerative Design
  • Case Study Theory to Practice: the Inner Development Goals

You’ll come away with a clearer sense of your strengths and ambitions; tools to help build impactful action right away; and a cohort of fellow-students intent on not only doing something great in the world, but in ways that are genuinely collaborative to build a common good. Come prepared to build inner wisdom & skills for fearless action!


Students at previous Changemakers residentials said:

“Excellent. Every student at Cambridge should be given the option to do this…it should be part of their 'integration' into the Cambridge community.”

“…Mind blowing, cathartic, and allows me to reflect in a way I have never had before.”

“I left feeling inspired, motivated and connected to this incredible community.”

“It was a great experience, peer encounters were definitely a highlight while the materials presented many insights and knowledge.”

The Programme 

The Residential begins at 4pm Sunday September 24, and culminates in a celebration dinner on Friday September 29.

Most days will start with breakfast and run until dinner. On Day 3 (Tuesday 26th) we will be hosting a special evening conversation; and on Day 5 (Thursday 28th) we’ll be joined by winners of the inaugural Changemakers Seed Fund and Cambridge entrepreneurs, investors & CEOs for a showcase of inspiring projects. 

This programme from 2022 gives you an idea of what the week will be like. 


A Sample Day

Optional meditation and stretching
Plenary Sessions (with coffee break)
Counter Lunch 
Coaching Circles & Parallel Sessions (with tea break)
Informal Dinner
Evening conversations


How to Apply

Send your application form by July 16, including 150-200 words on why you’d like to participate and what you hope to learn.

The Residential is open to all current Homerton students - whatever your discipline or year - and alumni (up to 5 years out). 

Places are limited and awarded on a first-come basis. If you’ve already attended an annual residential you’re very welcome to register again.

All expenses are covered – including 6 nights accommodation in college for students continuing in college accommodation for the academic year*; all meals; access to the Residential School breakout space and quiet room; refreshments; a mentoring session; materials; a field trip; evening events & peer-coaching support. 

*For students not continuing in College accommodation, £100 towards accommodation costs for the week will be offered. If you are alumni, you are very welcome to come for the week! All meals and event costs will be covered by Changemakers, but you’ll need to fund your own accommodation. 


Confirmation and then...

Confirmation of places will be sent the week of July 24.

Early September: Pre-reading: 1 core short piece and 2 from a collection of 10 others to choose from (pick the things you find interesting)

During: A journal, either video or written. Contribution to activities throughout the week. A self-assessment survey beginning and end

You’ll also be asked to come with a degree of openness to blending your intellectual and personal life.


  • Access to the Residential materials - readings, prompts, slide decks -  for the coming academic year
  • Priority access to the Changemakers Mentoring scheme, connecting you with a leading figure for mentoring on career, job applications, purpose  (the scheme runs twice each academic year)
  • Eligibility to apply for the Changemakers Catalyst Fund 2024 for up to £2000 to pursue your own changemaking initiative (applications will open in Lent term 2024 for projects over the summer)
  • Eligibility to become a Changemakers Ambassador