Now What? 9 post-election thoughts

Caught up on your sleep and back in the office after the election. Not sure what the result on Thursday means? I’ll leave others to dissect why Labour lost, what the left in England can learn from the SNP, if now is the time to campaign for electoral reform and more. While personally I’m gutted …

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Lessons in how change happens from #SelmaMovie

If you take nothing else from this post. Go see the movie Selma. I promise you its the most powerful film you’ll see this year, and a ‘must watch’ for anyone interested in how change happens. Much has been written about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, but walking out from seeing Selma …

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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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