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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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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How great research reports can help a campaign

Some of the wonderful policy colleagues I work alongside are going to be spending time today considering what makes a good research report. Which has got me thinking about how a great policy report can really help a campaign. Clearly, the general public aren’t the primary audience for a policy report. They’re normally written to …

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Advocacy in 2020 – future trends and how to prepare for them

I’m not sure what caused it but the spring saw a number of  reports being produced by NGOs which looked at future trends. The two I’ve found most useful are ‘Leading Edge 2020‘ by Troicaire and ‘2020 Development Futures‘ by Action Aid. They’re well worth a read as they provide a huge amount of insight …

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What the public really think about campaigning

NCVO have just launched a new set of discussion groups about campaigning over at www.ncvo-vol.org.uk. I posted  on the ‘Campaigning Landscape’ board last week about recent research into public attitudes to different campaigning tactics carried out by the think-tank Theos. Do visit the discussion group to read the full post, including some reflections on the implications for campaigners. Some of the …

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Campaigning in 2015

What might campaigning look like in 5 years time? NCVO have set out to answer the question in their recent paper ‘Future Focus’. It’s an interesting paper, and its a useful exercise to take a step back and consider some of the broader trends that influence our campaigning. The introduction argues that the context for campaigning could …

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