Carrie Oliver
BA (Hons) Interior Design

Carrie Oliver

Approximately 1 in 3 adults under 30 identify as ‘spiritual but not religious’, yet 9 in 10 young people in the UK believe their life has no meaning or purpose. Those who actively practice spirituality claim it gives them both meaning and purpose in their lives.


Metanoia- meaning the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life; spiritual conversion- is a designated space to discover and practice spirituality through venturing through the four domains of spirituality: self, others, nature and transcendent. 

In a society where 360 churches are at risk of closure by 2026, there is a calling to utilise these buildings for the future ‘church’. Modern life is devoid of opportunities to reconnect with our senses in a holistic way- Metanoia provides this opportunity.

Things I’d Tell my Younger Self:

A proposal for a pop-up gratitude sharing booth inspired by the same statistic as Metanoia, connecting people across the UK with the simple question: What would you tell your younger self?

In learning about other’s purposes, there is an opportunity for a community who acknowledge their meaning and understand that they are part of a bigger picture. There is realisation that sources of goodness lies at least partially outside of oneself.

Handwritten ‘gratitudes’ are faxed across the country and printed on wildflower paper. These ‘gratitudes’ span generations and cultures to provide the protagonist with a personal lesson and reason to be grateful.