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Bold Dreams for Our Future: a journey for courageous leaders

Throughout 2022 we hosted a year-long journey for UK-based emerging and established leaders, ready to explore what true transformation will take. Over a number of gatherings held in rhythm with the seasons, we explored how to support and inspire each other to raise our collective gaze and ambition, and hasten our passage towards the future we long for. Listen to their journey.

Following our call-out for courageous leaders innovating in service of people and communities across the UK, we were delighted to welcome Abdi Hassan, Asif Afridi, Chrisann Jarrett, Clare Reddington, Farah Elahi, Fiona Hegarty, Ivor Williams, Jane Davidson, Jules Peck, Kayla-Megan Burns, Lou Byng, Mahara Haque, Noreen Blanluet, Peter Macfadyen, Stephanie Antonian, Sughra Ahmed and Tom Hartley on this journey.

The experiential process guided participants through the New Constellations’ journey methodology through a combination of in-person retreats and online/phone sessions, held across the year in rhythm with the seasons.

Bringing together a diverse group from many walks of life, sectors and fields of practice across the UK, we explored what it will take to meet the challenges of these times – to transform ourselves, our communities and our systems in alignment with our boldest visions for the future – and were able to deeply connect with and learn from each other, cross-pollinate ideas and experiences, and find common ground and common purpose.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, joining this group has been the most valuable development experience I have ever been involved in. It has had an impact on me now, and will continue to well into the future… It was immersive, personal, and created something so valuable it is difficult to articulate.”

Participant, Bold Dreams for Our Future

When and how

This journey was made possible thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Bringing People Together Fund.

Part one: Spring
Setting intentions, throwing off constraints, making plans – The Shore to The Void
IN PERSON weekend retreat, Friday April 1 to Sunday April 3 2022 [KENT] (plus peer-to-peer learning sessions held online between Spring and Summer gatherings)

Part two: Summer
Hope into action, possibility, expansiveness – The Void to the Stars
ONLINE one-day session, Tuesday June 28 2022 (plus peer-to-peer ‘buddy’ conversations, organised at participants’ convenience)

Part three: Autumn
Harvesting, gathering seeds for the next season – Astronomy and Orienting
ONLINE one-day session, Thursday September 22 2022

Part four: Winter
Reflecting, composting, preparing for the next cycle – Wayfinding and Landing
IN PERSON weekend retreat, Friday November 11 to Sunday November 13 2022 [PEAK DISTRICT]

“The process opened doors to new ideas and new thinking that were never in my mind before. I feel like I’ve woken up from my trauma.”

Participant, Bold Dreams for Our Future

Listen to the Audio Encounter made with participants