Invitation: Creating Change Through Positive Stories

June 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

Creating Change Through Positive Stories – Youth Residential

Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th June 2011 (arrival on Tuesday evening)

A five-day residential for young change-makers to develop their own stories and explore the story of their future. Set in the beautiful countryside of Norfolk, young people will have the space and supportive guidance to let their ideas and visions of positive change flourish.

What will the residential consist of?

The human mind learns through narrative. Our politics, science, spirituality, law – even our energy system, is reliant on the stories we tell ourselves about the world around us. With the convergence of crises we currently face, and the potential for positive change that this offers, we think it is time for a new story.

For us as young people, we need to be able to tell this new story, to share it in a compelling way with those around us, and find our place of leadership within the story of the future.

In this residential, we’ll be

  • exploring our personal journeys and learning how to articulate them;
  • discussing various ‘new’ stories being told by leaders and storytellers around the world, building on these stories and adapting them to our own lives;
  • practising with one another to become confident to take this story into the wider world.

There’ll be a mixture of structured workshops to help you develop these skills, open space sessions to let your ideas take shape and  a number of outdoors activities to enjoy.

Scheduled workshops

  • Telling your own story, using the Public Narrative
  • Learning from the Heroes Journey
  • Understanding the power of myth
  • The Story of Now – what’s happening in the world today?
  • How does change happen? What are our theories of change?
  • A brief history of social change.

Open Space activities

  • Walking a local ancient pilgrimage route.
  • West Lexham sustainability in practice.
  • Ideas that you bring and want to share.
  • Communicating through the arts – music and drama.

The final two days we’ll be joined by a number of professionals who are leaders in their fields from policy experts to campaigners as well as other storytellers who will bring their expertise (and questions for you!) on how to build a positive vision of the future.

Who is the course for?

The course is open to young people aged 18-25 who are interested in developing their own story of change, and who want to work with others to explore what defines the new narrative.

Learning methods and outcomes?

We’ll be using facilitated group conversations, experiential learning (outside), and one on one discussions to learn from one another and harness our own potential for creating positive change through communication.

Outcomes should include a greater understanding of your own journey to becoming a change-maker, and a clearer language and idea of how you see the future.  This will equip you with some positive tools that will support your work on not only being the change you wish to see in the world, but also working to develop the change around you.

Course tutors

Kirsty Schneeberger MBE

Kirsty has worked for a range of environmental NGOs and charities, as well as volunteering for youth organisations and projects, such as the UKYCC.  Kirsty focusses on bringing the young voice to the forum of decision-makers and has worked as a consultant to the Government Department of Energy and Climate Change as a coordinator of the Youth Advisory Panel, and been a youth delegate to the UN climate negotiations for a number of years.

Casper ter Kuile

Casper is the Co-Founder of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, and freelance campaigner who has worked for 38 Degrees, and the Robin Hood Tax. In 2008 he travelled to the Arctic with WWF, and has led youth delegations to the UN climate talks and organised Power Shift 2009 with UKYCC. He’s a youth trainer and passionate about finding and sharing the new story.

Visiting tutors

  • Charlotte Miller – change strategist at WWF working on the finance and food systems.
  • Alex Evans – former Special Advisor, now leads the Centre on International Cooperation’s work on resource scarcity, climate change and multilateralism.
  • Adam Weymouth – story teller and activist.


The beautiful old buildings, gardens and woodland of West Lexham in Norfolk. The buildings have been renovated and now feature a garden kitchen, boating lake, walled garden, solar panels, campfire, vegetable garden and an abundance of rolling countryside.

West Lexham

Nr Kings Lynn


PE32 2QN

Click here for directions 


We’ll be camping in the beautiful grounds of West Lexham and have access to hot showers and the buildings during the day for our workshops.


Food will be delicious vegan and vegetarian food, which we’ll cook and eat together.

What you will need to bring

  • Tent, sleeping bag (if you don’t have a tent let us know)
  • Edible contributions to the meals and any luxurious foods or specific dietary necessities.
  • Swimming trunks!


Fees   £125 waged // £50 non-waged/student

The entire event is running at cost, no profit is being made. All tutors are volunteering

The fee covers food, wood, electricity, the use of the building and insurance.

§ 2 Responses to Invitation: Creating Change Through Positive Stories

  • Open Source Artistry says:

    This sounds like a fantastic event. I’ve recently begun studying progressive theories of education, including “Experiential Learning,” championed by David Kolb and James Zull. I find their work to be insightful, and I’m interested in applying their theories in the classroom and other educational environments. Below is a link to an article I wrote about learning styles that references experiential learning. I hope you find it interesting: Know Your Learning Style. Best of luck with the event!

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