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Change Story Questions

Via the forum.

(Word document download is here)


  • Please use these questions below to structure the Change Stories so they have a similar format and trends are easier to identify. We have suggested some prompts to help expand on the main questions – you don’t need to answer all of these prompt questions, they are there to help guide the conversation.
  • You can ask the questions in a face-to-face meeting, by phone or video call. You might like to take notes as you go under the respective questions, or you could ask the Fellow to write their own responses.
  • Please try to keep responses brief – we suggest no more than 2 A4 sides. People are more likely to engage with stories which are succinct and powerful.
  • We’d like the Change Stories to tell the story of the ‘moment’/motivation that made that individual/group to take proactive action around the topic they’re working on. We want the stories to be fun to read, and capture the personal experience – they shouldn’t be purely about promoting a particular project.
  • Please send the written responses by email your Area Manager so we can collate the stories and share them.
  1. What is your project/idea/work?
  • What is it called? What are your aims? What is the scope? How long has it been going on?
  • Who is involved? Does it involve Fellows/other stakeholders coming together?
  • Where is it based?
  1. What need is it addressing?
  • What motivates you to work on this? What was it about your own values/ interest/life circumstance that led you to want to take a leading role in making it happen? What made you go from being interested in this topic to actually taking proactive steps to change it?
  • How did you start the project and who was involved at the outset?
  • What inspires and influences your work / project (people, ideas, art, work, other projects, places…)
  1. What challenges have you faced?
  • How did you overcome the challenges? Are you still grappling with some issues? Have the challenges changed over time or remained the same?
  • What kind of resources have you been able to call upon to solve problems or meet challenges?
  • What has helped and what has hindered your own and your group’s ‘Power to Create’/power to act?

4. What impact are you making in that area?

  • What do you feel most positive about in relation to this work?
  • What is the future of the work?
  • What do you feel your work could achieve in the future?
  • What kind of support from the RSA would enable your work to achieve its potential?
  • Tell us about the pace of the work and what is required to develop and sustain momentum.
  • How does the work help people see opportunities for change, different futures etc.?
  • What role does the team/collaboration with others have in making the change happen?

5. What difference, if any, has being part of the RSA made to you, your project/idea/work, or the beneficiaries of your project?

  • How has being part of the Fellowship helped you to bring about a change?
  • How does your work fit with the RSA’s focus on the Power to Create’?
  • Do you think your work been influenced by the fact that you are an RSA Fellow?
  • How has your work changed the way you feel about being an RSA Fellow?
  • What kind of support from the RSA would enable your work to achieve its potential to replicate / scale? 

6. What lessons could you share with Fellows who would like to make an impact in that area?

  • How could Fellows get involved if they were interested?

It’s worth joining the forum to air your project or put it on the wiki or the new hub.