Author: Jinan

A Movement Masterclass with The Reader

Over a decade ago, founder and director of The Reader, Jane Davis, brought a few people together in a library. They had gathered to read literature aloud, realising literature had the power to bring something to people that they didn’t even know they needed. Fast forward 10 years and we have The Reader  – a national network of readers who facilitate Shared Reading groups across communities. The aim of The Reader is to connect people to literature. Across the country, The Reader work with a range of people who experience a sense of isolation. From children in the care...

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HouseParty is BACK

HouseParty is back for 2017!   We will be taking over the heart of the National Housing Federation conference with HouseParty’s little brother the HouseParty’s TeaParty. The aim of HouseParty is to challenge, discuss and present the rising talent, organisations, ideas and innovation in UK housing and beyond.  It’s a free space to debate, explore, network, connect and innovate.   In June 2015, we held another hugely successful HouseParty event. Over 300 attendees came and went through the doors over the two-day event. A lot has changed in the housing sector since our last event. The Housing and Planning...

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Lost Voices: How is digital campaigning elevating marginalised communities’ lived experiences?

The Social Change Agency’s Lost Voices project is underway – and we need your help.  Lost Voices is a JRCT funded project which aims to ensure the voices of lived experience are at the centre of digital campaigning. This project will seek to bring organisations across the sector together, to collaborate and co-create a solution that values the voices of lived experience. We are asking digital campaigners about their experience, frustrations, and hopes for how digital campaigning can deliver maximum impact while giving voice to the lived experiences of their organisation’s supporters and beneficiaries We believe that a shift...

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The Third Way

In February this year, the Campaigns Network met to discuss how campaigns and service delivery can work together. See our blog post on it here. In these times of austerity, both aspects  are under the threat of being cut and organisations face a tough decision about what to fund, ultimately implying a revisiting of articles and purpose. Seven months into the year are we any closer to reconciling these two pulls on resources? NGOs provide services and that’s (usually) great. But one critique of this approach has always been that it’s about symptoms not causes. Hence the logic that...

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Welcome our final #HeroesOfChange: Community Land Trust

Welcome to the final week of our #HeroesOfChange campaign. Each week, we’ve explored some of the movements that we’ve been most excited by. From the parkrunners to the Quakers to the Airbnb’ers, there are movements swelling around us each day, and we’ve just cut a little slice of them through this 8 week campaign. This final week, we look to communities taking matters into their own hands. Communities who work together to provide solutions, and communities that band together in the face of difficulty. We’re very proud to call the Community Land Trust movement our final #HeroesOfChange. Who are...

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Q&A on the realities of campaigning in the new political era #AskSCA

Thanks to all of you who joined us for our first Twitter Q&A. We loved hearing from you! Here are some of the questions posed from our brilliant twitter community, answered by our associate and leading campaign strategist,  Jim Coe.  @jim_coe   Q: What’s your top tips for successful campaigning in the current climate? JC: Embed your links and accountability into the communities you support (which isn’t just about user voice), and delegate and distribute agency. Don’t just focus on incremental wins, campaigning should be about fundamental causes as well. Find space to reflect on strategy. What are the...

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Give Over: How micro-philanthropy is changing

People’s relationship to giving money is changing. There’s a key ingredient of fundraising that takes into account the ever-turning relationship between people and their philanthropic selves, and that’s peer networks. Increasingly, people are turning to peer-to-peer, crowdfunding and social media as a way of funding initiatives, charitable causes and much more. And charities run the risk of being sidelined if they turn a blind eye to this. Take Billy Monger for example, a teenage race driver who suffered a terrible crash in a Formula 4 race. A crowdfunding campaign was set up to provide Billy with private health care...

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#HeroesOfChange: Quakers

We welcome the quiet revolutionaries and our next #HeroesOfChange: The Quaker movement. The Quakers have a rich legacy in creating social change and being part of the wider peace movement (amongst others) We’ve been lucky enough to work with the Quakers, helping their board to harness the power of their movement and we’re proud to feature them as our next #HeroesOfChange, the penultimate in this series.   Who are the Quakers The Quakers, or Religious Society of Friends, began as a movement in the mid 17th century. From their inception they have challenged the status quo, searching for peace...

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