Making working in coalition work

I love working in coalition (which is perhaps why I’ve ended up working at Bond!). I’ve lost count of the number of coalitions that I’ve been involved during my campaigning career, but from End Water Poverty, to Make Poverty History, via Turn Up Save Lives. I get a buzz from bringing people together to achieve more …

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Questions campaigners should ask regularly

Been challenging myself to ask more questions. Here are a few I think I should be asking more often. 1 – What does ‘success’ look like? A fundamental question to ask regularly. The answer should have both a specific and detailed response, as well as a reflection on what you want your campaign to achieve …

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Campaigners #Shelfie – 6 books that should be on your reading list.

I’m often asked for suggestions of books campaigners should read. I could list hundreds, but here are 6 that I’ve found particularly useful in the last year. I’d love your suggestions and additions. 1 – The Power of Habit – you might be groaning under the weight of books available from authors like Malcolm Gladwell or Nate …

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14 great reads for campaigners from 2014

Settle in with a cup of tea, here are 14 great reads (in a rough order of how much I enjoyed them) that I’ve shared during 2014 that a worth a read. 1. Understanding New Power – brilliant from Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms on how the world is changing. A must read (great summary …

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Looking ‘down under’ for campaign inspiration

When it comes to elections, campaigners in the UK get very excited about the one happening ‘across the pond’ in the US. I’m one of them, and even 6 months later give me an article on data driven campaigning that helped Obama to win and I’ll be the first to read it. But is it …

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What I learned at Campaign Bootcamp…

Last week was one I won’t forget in a long, long time. Together with a group of wonderful friends, I helped to organise and run the first every Campaign Bootcamp (the video below shows a little of what we got up to). It was a dream that took almost a year to bring together, and is …

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Can campaigning help fundraising?

In my work, I’m often asked can campaigning help an organisation with fundraising? I’ve always replied ‘yes’, based on a belief that advocacy campaigning can be useful in; Helping to recruit new supporters into an organisation – especially at a festival or other event where making a financial ask can be seen as a ‘high barrier …

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Can 'Theory of Change' transform our campaign planning?

To be honest, I’ve struggled to get my head around the ‘Theory of Change’ approach that I’ve seen being talked about across the sector over the last year. I’ve felt that its something that could be an incredibly powerful tool, but found it’s been hard to really understand of it. In an attempt to understand …

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Five for Friday – 28th September

Five great articles on campaigning and social change that I’ve spotted over the last month. 1.Innovation a process, not a destination. A thoughtful look at innovation in social change from Stamford Social Innovation Review – 2. Great best practice article from the Mobilisation Lab – How Greenpeace Brasil built the movements biggest twitter following. 3. …

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