How to build strong + people powered movements for social change

Thanks to Facebook Memories I’ve rediscovered these ten positive, proactive steps to build a strong, human movements which I first shared a few years ago. They were written by David Cohen, co-founder of The Advocacy Institute (who died late last year). I find them challenging, inspiring and deeply practical. I’d encourage anyone involved in movement building to journey …

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10 reflections from NCVO Campaigning Conference

It was the NCVO Campaigning Conference yesterday – it’s always an interesting day bringing together a mix of campaigners and public affairs colleagues from across a range of issues. As always you walk away with a notebook – or in my case multiple scraps of paper – full of notes, thoughts, good ideas and top …

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Book Review – Blueprint for Revolution

One of the things I most enjoy about going on holiday is the opportunity to dip into a good book or two. Over the last week I’ve really been enjoying Blueprint for Revolution – How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men and Other Non-Violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators or Simply Change the World by Srdja …

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How Theory of Change can help your campaign win gold

Suggesting campaigners spend some time thinking about Theory of Change doesn’t normally elicit the same energising response that cheering on Team GB in the Olympics does! So while I’ve been spending the last two weeks watching the Olympics, it’s got me thinking about winning and the approach that UK Sport has taken to ensure this was …

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Getting the most from your time as a intern

I’m re-posting some of my favorite and still relevant posts from the archives. This post still feels relevant for those starting internships and volunteer this summer. It also provides me the opportunity to highlight; Applications for the next Campaign Bootcamp are open, including a stack of awesome scholarships that are available to help anyone who wants to come.  …

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Networked Campaigns – a winning approach?

This graph has got me thinking. It comes from Networked Change, a report that anyone serious about thinking at what campaigning in the 21st century is going to look like needs to be reading. Written by Jason Mogus, a consultant-cum-movement builders who’s work with a range of North American based networks it explores what are the …

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Brexit – some immediate thoughts for campaigners

It’s been a difficult fortnight. From the murder of Jo Cox MP, someone I didn’t know personally but had worked with a huge number of my friends and was a tireless champion for many of the causes that matter to me, to the Brexit vote and the ongoing political fallout from it, it’s hard to …

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What’s been changed by campaigning?

Over the last few months some have suggested that charities in the UK shouldn’t be involved in campaigning and influencing. Charities have a proud role in mobilising public pressure for a good society and a safe planet. Charities have successfully campaigned to protect public health from smoking; to protect the UK’s finest wildlife; to maintain …

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More than a run – lessons from parkrun for building campaign groups

Since the new year my Saturday morning routine has changed – it’s no longer reading the paper over a cup of coffee. Instead you’ll find me standing outside in the cold at 8.55 with at least another 100 people ready to run 5km. I’ve officially become obsessed with parkrun. In fact I wouldn’t be exaggerating …

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