The life of a junior minister

I’ve be reading the very enjoyable diaries of Chris Mullin MP over the Easter weekend, entitled ‘A View from the Foothills‘ they’re a great look at life somewhere down the ministerial pecking order. Mullin was a junior minister at the Department for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), DFiD and the …

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Top tips for dealing with the media

Campaigners often have press officers and media teams to deal with enquiries from journalists, but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse for not learning more about what a journalist is looking for, or what might make a good story. This top tips paper from nfp Synergy which is full of quotes from its Charity …

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Age of Stupid

Age of Stupid is a new documentary film about climate change that went on general release this week. The film was crowd-funded by over 200 people and stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man who ask ‘why didn’t we stop climate change when there was still time?’. At the heart of the film is a call …

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The death of the local paper

Should campaigners be concerned at the rapid death of local newspapers? As the Guardian reported on Monday many titles are looking to make significant cuts as sales of their publications fall and advertising starts to dry up. While most of the big regional titles don’t appear to be at risk of closing in the near …

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MPs and digital media

Using supporters to engage and influence MPs remains the core work of many campaigning organisations, and many organisations have chosen to make this easy for supporters by investing in software such as Advocacy Online, but what do we know about how MPs use technology and respond to eCampaigning. Two reports might help. How MPs use …

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'Influencing the influentials' – excellent post by Duncan Green

Duncan Green has just posted insights from a recent research project that the Oxfam GB has run into ‘influencing the influentials’. I’d highly recommend reading it – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=186 Without the actual report we don’t get the detail it provides, but a few lists that might sheed some light on a couple of points that Green …

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Actions of the fortnight

Actions that have arrived in my inbox over the last two weeks. Action Aid – Stand alongside campaigners in India calling for mining in the Niyamgiri Hills to be halted. In the UK, you can support the campaign by sending an email via the Indian High Commissioner in London CAFOD – Calling on mining companies …

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How many actions do DFID get each year?

Using the Freedom of Information Act, I’ve found out the following about the number of campaign actions that DFID get each year. Total number of actions and delivery method Year    Postcards             E-mails               Letters          Petition signatures    Total 2007    34,215 (38%)    31,514 (35%)    4503 (5%)    19,808 (22%)              90,040 2008    42,796(40%)    41, 683(38%)    4049(4%)    19,612 (18%)                 108,140 Breakdown …

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Using the web like Obama

Joe Rospars, the new media director of the Obama Presidential campaign spoke at the excellent Labour 2.0 conference last weekend. He had three lessons for progressives looking to organize on the web. Build real relationships through content – The web is about getting your message. It’s not just about raising the candidates profile, it’s about …

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