Things do not change; we change.
— Henry David Thoreau
 

The simplest way to empower the change-maker in you is to initiate a Free The Change meet-up.

Free The Change meet-ups take place in person (at someone’s home, a community space, out in nature) or online via video chat (for those living remotely). You don’t need any expertise. Just follow our easy Guide (including help inviting others)... gather a few people... and break the rules as you find out what works for you!

A helpful "way in" for many begins with a taster session followed by an initial block of 5 meet-ups (monthly, weekly, whatever works for you). This gives people a real chance to dive deep. But there’s no set programme. Our guidelines are light-touch and completely adaptable to suit your situation.

When your group is ready for extra input around common change challenges, browse our Supporting Tools section and use any of the simple resources there which speak to your needs.

OR use Free the Change with a group you're already in.

Not in an initiating mood? Use the links below to find out if there’s a group near you that's welcoming new members OR explore Free The Change - Starting Individually.

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Who’s it really for?

Free The Change is designed to be completely inclusive to anyone who wants to help create a fairer, more sustainable world, society or community - whatever their level of experience. Think friends, colleagues, elders, teachers, teenagers, neighbours, artists, faith groups… You and 4-8 others who see themselves as part of the world’s problems and its solutions.

 

Safe and inclusive.

We know that emotional and professional boundaries help us step into important conversations. We’ve designed Free The Change to enable that. More information.

Collectively, you've also told us you want to be alongside people who aren’t all the same as you. You recognise that real transformation is often strengthened by diversity. Free The Change can help you widen the invitation to start that way.  More information.

 


What people say

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I love being part of such a positive vehicle for change” MARIA, 24

I value the connections, witnessing progress towards shared dreams, the community of practice, accountability and radical care.” JESS, 62

I don’t like conventional "activism" so I tend to avoid it. But this I’m really excited about.” JOSEPH, 38

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“Truly empowering” THE SCOTSMAN

 “It breaks down the barriers that separate us” THE HERALD

“Fresh, sobering, positive”  THE SKINNY

“An exemplar in participation” CREATIVE SCOTLAND

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“We’re not born with courage. But to be kind, true, generous or honest with any consistency we must find it.”

MAYA ANGELOU

To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is a marvellous victory.”

HOWARD ZINN