A message from The New Story team at Findhorn
Thank-you for hosting a screening of ‘An Enquiry into A New Story for Humanity: Change the Story, Change the World’! We are thrilled to be sharing this labour of love with you as our gift to the world. Our intent is that the film be shared as a tool to inspire and inform, to foster further enquiry, and to serve as a call to action in service to a better world.
About the film
The film was inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation: a sold-out multicultural, multigenerational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries. A number of professional filmmakers gifted their skills during the summit and conducted a series of interviews with key speakers, each carrying a thread of the new story. This feature length documentary film brings together excerpts from some of these inspiring interviews, along with key moments from the summit itself. More information…
Group screenings followed by post-film discussion are a great way to bring people together to start conversations that lead to inspired action, and this is precisely what we hope your screening will achieve. The convergence of multiple crises we face on the planet requires collective solutions, and it is by gathering and working together in groups such as yours, to dream into a new story for humanity, that change will happen. By bringing your community together at this film screening, you become part of a growing, global movement of change makers. As cellular biologist, Bruce Lipton, frames it:
The stronger the story, the more reality changes. If you’re seeking that story, you’ll find people who share that story. We can change the whole story right now. We don’t need to try to fight the old story. We simply need to walk outside the old story and build a new story. People will leave the old story when they see a new story working. Every individual who changes their own story is changing the vibrational environment within which we live. We can have the spontaneous remission of the planet’s ills and we can change the environment by just changing who we are.
Thank you for daring to step out of the old story to embrace the new with us! Blessings on your screening, and on the profound, transformative work ahead.
With love and in solidarity,
Mattie (for the New Story Team at Findhorn)
If you haven’t held an event like this before, here are some tips to help you plan your screening and post-film discussion:
- Consider hosting a post-film discussion or panel on key themes of the film. You could choose to cover a wide range of the film’s themes or narrow the focus to your special interest area. The film is divided into the following chapters so you can stop and start as you choose:
- The Old Story
- The Summit
- Ancient Wisdom
- The Interdependence of all Life
- The Subtle Realms
- Earth Law
- Community & Sustainability
- Self Mastery
- Call to Action
- Reach out to other groups in your community to find co-hosts and potential post-film discussion panellists who are also working with the themes you are interested in.
- Choose an appropriate date and time. Investigate in advance other events taking place in your community to avoid clashing.
- Choose an accessible venue – consider location, public transport and disability access.
- Determine your mode of screening: streaming for individuals or small groups, or downloading for large screen viewings (see below).
2. Downloading for Large Screen Viewings
If you are holding a group viewing of the film and will be projecting on a large screen, you may want to download a high definition copy of the film. Please fill in a download request and we will send you details of how to download the film.
We recommend you do a test beforehand by downloading the trailer in the appropriate resolution – download details will be provided after you fill in the download request.
- Write a post for your blog or website. Let us know so that we can cross promote your event through our networks.
- Create a Facebook page for your event and post it to our New Story Community Facebook page.
- Invite guests. Use: flyers, email lists, Facebook events, radio announcements, noticeboards in shops, schools or community centres.
- Ask your friends, family, colleagues, and partners to invite people through their personal and professional networks too.
- Use our official film posters and update them with your local information. Editable film posters are available to download here and may be tailored to suit your particular screening date, time and venue.
- Send out a press release to local media and use the opportunity to amplify local new story projects or initiatives when promoting the screening event.
4. Dry run on the night
- Schedule a technical check to ensure the projector and sound are working properly.
- Set up a table or distribute flyers to the audience with information relevant to your new story projects or your organisation’s work.
- Prepare anything needed for your post-film discussion or panel: table, chairs, microphones, lighting, and water for the panellists.
- Prepare a sign-in sheet to gather the emails of those attending your screening if you’d like to stay connected.
- If you plan to take photos for your website or social media, ensure your camera equipment is fully operational.
5. Follow Up
- Send an email to attendees thanking them for attending and let them know about any action opportunities or ways to further engage.
- If people want to receive updates related to the New Story project at Findhorn, encourage them to sign up on our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
- Post your photos to your website and social media platforms and please do share them on our Facebook page and Twitter too.
- If you have any learnings or feedback to share after showing the film, please contact us.
Tips on facilitating a post-film discussion
- Determine whether you would like to conduct a panel discussion or open it up completely to the audience to have their say.
- For panel discussions, elect a moderator or host in advance and have them brief panellists and speakers before the event.
- Ask the host to have some questions prepared for the panel before opening it up to the audience (see example questions below).
- Raise the lights so people in the audience can see each other.
- For Q & A formats, take 2-3 questions at a time and encourage people to ask questions and not make statements.
- Ask your host to encourage a diversity of people to ask questions and make an explicit invitation to the quieter people in the room so that all the voices can be heard.
- If you have chosen a more participatory approach, rather than panel discussion, you could have people share in pairs about their experience, then reconvene in the large group to get a sense of what is in the field.
- Consider creating a space for quick shout outs about upcoming new story events towards the end of the event.
- Acknowledgement of country(ies) represented.
- Thank-you’s to venue, partners and sponsors.
- Shout outs to key projects and new story change makers at the event.
- About the Film: The film was inspired by the New Story Summit at the Findhorn Foundation: a sold-out multicultural, multigenerational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries. A number of professional filmmakers gifted their skills during the summit and conducted a series of interviews with key speakers, each carrying a thread of the new story. This feature length documentary film brings together excerpts from some of these inspiring interviews, along with key moments from the summit itself.
- The intent of the filmmakers is that the film be a conversation starter and an organising tool to bring people together who are working toward the evolution of human consciousness and the cocreation of a new story for humanity.
- Films don’t change the world – people do. The filmmakers hope this starts a conversation to which everyone here can contribute. We look forward to talking more after the film.
Starter discussion questions
- What thread of the new story are you carrying?
- What needs to change in us, and in the human story?
- How can we honour the best of the old story and integrate it into the new?
- What are steps we can take together to accelerate a new story for humanity in our community? How can we harness the power of the collective field to carry the new story forward?
- What are some ways that we could work together more collaboratively?
- How can we awaken to ourselves as powerful evolutionary leaders who have come to the planet at this time with a specific and significant role to play?
- What are some of the great local new story initiatives?
- What are some recent new story movement milestones?
- What are people at this event working on over the next 6 months – 2 years?
- What is your personal call to action in service to a better world after viewing the film?
- How can people get involved in local new story initiatives and stay in touch with each other?
You may want to download our editable poster and tailor it with your specific screening information.