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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A creed for campaigners?

After rediscovering ‘ten positive, proactive steps to build a movement‘ by Michael Pertschuk last week, I’ve been sharing them with anyone who might be interested. I find them challenging, inspiring and deeply practical. I’m journeying with them and trying to reflect on what I need to differently every day as a result. They’re wise words for anyone …

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Are you signed up?

If you’re not already subscribed to these excellent updates on campaigning, I’d encourage you to do so now; 1 – NCVO Campaigning and Influence – a good monthly round-up of news, views and training opportunities. 2 – eCampaigning Forum – a busy list of over 100+ eCampaigners from around the world. 3 – Sheila McKechnie …

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8 things I learned at Netroots UK

I had a great time at Netroots UK yesterday, it was one of those conferences where various elements of my campaigning world came together, a conference full of NGO friends , Labour Party activists and lots of interesting people who I follow to help to collect ideas for this blog. I’d strongly recommend that people go …

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Why reporting back matters….

A couple of timely reminders about why feeding back on the success (or otherwise) of our campaigns is so important. Firstly, the findings of a substantive piece of research on ‘Understanding public attitudes to aid and development’ from the thinktanks ODI and IPPR. As the Campaigns Totals work that I’ve carried out over the last …

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Getting the most from your time as a volunteer

School’s out for the summer for university students, and some will be heading into volunteering roles and internships with campaigning organisations across the UK and beyond. Doing a number of short-term internships or volunteering roles is one of the most common routes for getting a permanent job in campaigning, it’s also a good way of …

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While I've been away.

I’ve been in self-imposed blog exile for the last couple of months. A combination of running a small part of an election campaign, two trips to the US for work, participation in an amazing action learning process hosted by the Common Cause team and a number of other commitments have meant that I haven’t been …

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Reflections from campaigning in Brussels

Last week I spent a fantastic three days with campaigners from across Europe in Brussels calling on the MEPs and representatives of Member States to help to unearth the truth. We were calling on them to pass legislation that would require all oil, gas and mining companies registered in Europe to be open about the payments …

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Reflections on my Daily Mail diet

Regular readers of this blog will know that over the last week I’ve been on a Daily Mail diet. After realising that I’m living in a bit of ‘media bubble’ getting my news and opinion from very different places from most of my supporters, I’ve been focusing on getting my news from the one most …

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