February – November 2021

Four Trimesters Project

Gravity & Grace: Care for COP26


XR Psychologists took real stories about conception, pregnancy and birth and transformed them so that they read as if a new era is being conceived and nurtured, rather than a human baby.

The resulting stories may stir in the reader the possibility of articulating similarly intense emotions about the necessary scale of change (hope, fear, loss, fragility, joy, possibility) that can often seem impossible to describe and totally overwhelming.


Read the background of the project Below

Read the Transformed contributions

Got a story?
Read our invitation

The Story So Far…

Inspired by the idea of…

bringing more feminine energy into leadership and wanting to find ways to articulate feelings about the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE), we were inspired to use the lead up to COP26 to engage in thought provoking but covid restriction friendly activism.

The metaphor of a pregnancy was used to frame the project.

A ‘conception’ event was held virtually to generate ideas within our group and other partners.

A community writing project was conceived, with an emphasis on listening to each other and telling stories of our hopes and fears for the birthing of a new era centered around sustainable values, rather than perpetual growth.

We are inviting people to tell their stories of conceiving or trying to conceive and gestate a new life. We then transpose these stories to read as if it is a new era being nurtured and brought to fruition rather than a human (or non-human) baby.

We are incredibly grateful to all our contributors so far, who have opened their hearts and allowed us to witness their vulnerability, their fears, losses and intense emotional journeys. They have allowed us to co-create stories quite unlike other stories about our emotional connection to the anthropogenic crisis occuring on planet earth.

Experiences concerning human pregnancy are often intense and can be traumatic. However it is clear that we do have, to a greater or lesser degree, the capacity to articulate and process our experiences as individuals and families. On the other hand we are ill equipped to articulate and engage with our emotional response to the trauma of this existential, vast scale threat.

By ‘borrowing’ stories about smaller scale yet intense experiences, full of both hope and joy and fear, trauma and loss, and the overcoming of adversity, and transposing them to be relevant to a planetary trauma we hope to provide a bridge towards being able to articulate and engage with our emotions.

Unblocking the paralysis is crucial for enabling us as a species to take action to both mitigate the threat and adapt deeply, consciously and constuctively to the future ahead.

  • Conception event (February 2021)
  • Invitations created
  • Shared on Social Media
  • Contributions trickled in
  • Thank-you cards
  • Transposition, draft shared, dialogue with contributors
  • Preferences noted, amends updated.
  • First Trimester Event (May 2021)
  • Webpages and tiles created for each story
  • Second Trimester Launch of contributions (Aug – Nov 2021)
  • Ongoing invitation to contribute a story and have it transposed


XR Values

We have a shared vision of change
Creating a world that is fit for generations to come.

We need a regenerative culture
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.

We value reflecting and learning
  Following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action.   Learning from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences.

We welcome everyone and every part of everyone
Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.

We actively mitigate for power
Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.

We are based on autonomy and decentralisation
We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power.

And more….


Our Inspiration

Just a few of the women (and men) who have inspired us to want to bring feminine principles back into balance with the masculine.

Joanna Macy

The Great Turning involves 3 strands:

  • Holding Actions
  • Life Sustaining systems and practices
  • A shift in consciousness

Wangari Maathai

The first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize

Sharon Blackie

If Women Rose Rooted

Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

The Future We Choose (more below).

Oh and the UN Paris Climate agreement (2015)

Greta Thunberg

For speaking truth to power, oh so clearly and articulately.

Mary Robinson

Climate Justice: A manmade problem with a feminist solution

Mothers of Invention Podcast with Maeve Higgins, celebrates the work of women on the frontline of global climate change from all over the world.

10 Actions (Figueres & Rivett-Carnac, 2020)

  1. Let go of the old world
  2. Face our grief but hold a future vision
  3. Defend the truth
  4. See ourselves as citizens – not consumers
  5. Move beyond fossil fuels
  6. Re-forest the earth
  7. Invest in a clean economy
  8. Use technology responsibly
  9. Build gender equality
  10. Engage in politics

What did contributors say about having their stories tranformed?


I think that’s fantastic!! So cleverly done – adjusting the words but still retaining the original meaning – it is very powerful. (015/016)

Thank you for transforming my words. It has been deeply moving to reread my words, almost overwhelming, thank you. Like I just got polished. Looking forward to see how the project evolves (003)

That is really lovely thank you – I really find it amazing this echoing between my experiences and what has been going on around us – and my unawareness of it in my early life – which mirrors my inability to see what was going on in side me – and then by turning to plural – that is the key – we all bring our experiences and once we start to understand “what’s going on” – thank you Marvin Gaye – we can start to heal – together. Love it… thanks for giving me the opportunity to be listened to. (019)

‘It is really great, works so well! Thanks for including it’. (013)