Power Shift gathered 350 16-25 year olds from all around the UK (and a few from abroad!), including several young quakers, between 9-12 October at the Institute of Education in London. The weekend focused on the development of personal stories: styled on Barack Obama’s grassroots election campaign. Essentially it involved getting people to talk about their personal journey to caring about climate change, and linking it to the ‘story of us’ and ‘the story of now’, in terms of acting immediately and collectively. There were also many very good speakers and workshops and stalls. We also performed a ‘flash mob’ dance on the monday, which was the highlight for me: you can see us performing on parliament square to the greenpeace activists who had climbed parliament the night before on the Guardian website here.

Owen Everett

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