Leadership roles within an advocacy movement

I’m reposting some of my favourite and still relevant posts from the archives. This first post looks at the variety of roles needed in any advocacy movement. I’m reposting it after reading this over on OpenDemocracy.  American’s love the concept of leadership. Go into any bookshop and you’ll find shelves dedicated to the subject, attend …

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Mobilising for Impact – links from my talk at The Campaigning Summit

Today I’m excited to be speaking at the Campaigning Summit in Vienna – it’s a gathering of over 300 campaigning professionals from across Europe (check out the amazing talks from previous Summits on video). I’m going to be speaking on ‘Lessons I’ve learnt about how to mobilise for impact’ I’m going to be drawing on …

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Lessons from #BondConf session ‘Secrets of Winning Movements’

I had the pleasure and privilege today of hosting an amazing set of campaigners at a session on ‘Secrets of Winning Movements’ which was part of the Bond Conference. Over 90 minutes, a wonderful line up of speakers shared top learnings from movements as diverse as the campaign to win equal marriage in Ireland, to Mumsnet and …

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How to build unexpected alliances that win

“It is more powerful to recruit unexpected allies than to galvanise the usual suspects” One of the 5 lessons that Justin Forsyth shared during his ‘Changing the Changemakers’ lecture at the RSA last week reflecting on his time leading Save the Children UK. I’d strongly recommend watching the whole lecture (or reading this article which …

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Campaigners: 5 priorities for your diary in 2016

First day back in the office? By now you’ve probably got through your email, removed the tinsel from around your computer screen and avoided the cakes that will see the end of your new year resolution.. But before you the newness of the year disappears, here are 5 further suggestions of things you might want …

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My campaign lessons from 2015

From winning a historic commitment to enshrine 0.7% on overseas aid into law, to being part of a global movement that mobilised 31 million people, to seeing friends celebrate success at the climate negotiations in Paris. 2015 has been a busy but brilliant year for me and my team at Bond. Personally it’s also been …

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15 great reads for campaigners from 2015

Every year I collate a list of some of my favourite readings from the year. So settle in with a glass of mulled wine and enjoy… Is Too Much Funding Going to Social Entrepreneurs—And Too Little to Social Movements? – This article totally hits the nail on the head about why we need to invest …

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Uber and the future of campaigning

It’s the big battle for London future. No, not the race for the Mayor of London, but between Uber and the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) as they’ve battled out for control of the taxi market in the city. I don’t have a side that I favour in this particular battle (unlike the Mayor of London …

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Why Craftivism matters to me

Being the romantic that I am, to celebrate our first anniversary of dating I took my now wife, Demelza, to the 2003 Stop the War march in London. We got about a quarter of the way around before it turned out that Demelza didn’t really like marches, so we headed into a bookshop on the …

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