‘Self’: a Changemakers Workshop 6 Dec 2022

Change begins within. 

Knowing yourself is the key to succeeding: the more you understand your values and purpose, the more you can focus your energies and connect up what you’re good at, what inspires you, and what the world needs. 

The ‘SELF’ mini-residential offers you a deep-dive into:

  • understanding modern selfhood, your strengths, behaviours and tendencies
  • self-leadership: honing your skills, particularly in terms of intersectionality, self-awareness and power
  • your sense of purpose & applying that to daily life to increase insight and reduce anxiety

The experience includes plenaries, small group discussion, self-reflection time, creative exercises, a workshop with the Tavistock Institute (one of the UK’s leading consultancies on self and group understanding), and a panel conversation. 

We’ll connect this work with thinking about our relationships with ourselves, others and environment. 

As always, Changemakers doesn’t promise answers but instead works to challenge your thinking, assumptions and questions. You’ll get to do this via hands-on experience with interested and generous peers, and access to experienced faculty.  

​The residential is open to all Homerton students and recent leavers (<5yrs).




9.30-10.30am Modern selfhood: context and exploration of how you ‘see’ yourself. Dr Alison Wood

10.30am-1pm (with break). Self Leadership, Self Awareness & Intersectionality. Coreene Archer, Tavistock Institute

1-3pm. Offline. Lunch and self-reflection exercises

3-5pm. Panel discussion (with activist & human rights advocate Nawid Cina) and reflecting on the learning


A note on your involvement 

The programme is intentionally intensive and immersive, designed to maximise the depth of experience and the insights you will gain. We ask that you commit to participating fully during the day.

Not all of the work will be online - there will be breaks! - but the benefits you gain will be truly concomitant with what you put in. Please keep this in mind and come prepared to be distraction free if at all possible. 


During the Residential 

You will be asked to complete short self-reflection exercises during the day (using online and offline methods). You will need access to a computer, stable wifi or phone connection, and ideally somewhere that is sufficiently quiet so you can concentrate on sometimes personal matters. If equipment and/or space is likely to be problematic, please get in touch with us.  



Nawid Cina (Panel)


Nawid Cina is a human rights advocate with a demonstrated capacity to affect grassroots and institutional change. Nawid completed his Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney and undertook his legal training in Refugee Law. Nawid has worked as a Program Associate at the Champions of Change Coalition, where he contributed towards institutional gender equality reform in the private sector. Prior to this, Nawid was the General Manager of Mahboba's Promise, an Australian NGO dedicated to orphans and widows in Afghanistan. Following the Afghanistan crisis, Nawid returned to Mahboba’s Promise to lead its crisis response, both in the evacuation of at-risk orphans, widows and staff, and in the expansion of humanitarian relief. Nawid is also the co-founder of ‘Future Leaders for Gender Equality’, a student leadership program that seeks to catalyse student action and reform on issues around gender equality and respectful relationships. 


Coreene Archer Tavistock Institute 


As an organisational, team and leadership development consultant, and accredited executive coach, Coreene has worked in the education and not-for-profit sector for over 20 years managing organisations and running teams. The main focus of her work is linked to her interest in supporting those in organisations who are pushed to the edge of the system. She works with a range of themes that explore leadership, identity, systems and groups -  in virtual and face to face spaces - and is  particularly interested in the growth and development of young and emergent leaders. Another focus of her current work is the exploration and application of identity through the lens of intersectionality and how this manifests within individuals and organisations.



Dr Alison Wood Academic Director, Homerton Changemakers


Alison is a Fellow of Homerton College and directs Homerton Changemakers, a pioneering programme equipping students to be wise change-agents amidst complexity and challenge.  Her work takes in scholarly & popular domains, focused on the philosophy of education, the future of Universities, and ideas of modern selfhood. Right now she is turning those interests more explicitly to the role that universities must play in building educated selves and societies crucial for whole-system-thriving in the era of climate emergency. Australian born and bred, she's also a musician and has long-standing interests in arts, psychotherapy, high-performance, and institutional reform. 

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