Author: Jinan

Lost in the fog? Why it’s more important than ever to consider organisational strategy

In ‘How Organizations Develop Activists’, Hahrie Han identifies that social change organisations tend to fall into patterns of operating “without having clear explanations for why they were adopting particular strategies”. One main reason for this is that past choices influence, and limit the options for, future strategic direction. An organisation invests in people and equipment, and builds up institutional knowledge and relationships. This all has the effect of reinforcing a particular direction that you have chosen to head in and it operates as a barrier to strategic adaptation. So you carry on along the same path. But the road...

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Crowdfunding 101 UK Tour in conjunction with Hubbub: First stop, Manchester

We’re proud to launch a UK tour of our fully funded Crowdfunding 101 training workshops in partnership with Hubbub for Heads of Fundraising in the charity sector . If you’re interested in understanding the role of crowding in your fundraising and supporter engagement strategy as well as best practice in crowdfunding techniques, you can apply to attend our first workshop in Manchester on 20th July, or you can sign up to stay tuned for future workshops near you. Spaces have kindly made possible by Hubbub, but they are limited. Apply now to avoid disappointment!  I want to apply For more...

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#HeroesOfChange: The co-operative movement

Meet the co-op movement Against backdrop of 2017 has emerged a plethora of community owned businesses. From tech co-ops to worker co-ops to funeral co-ops, there’s been a growth of cooperatives in recent years as people begin to turn to new models of economic sustainability. It’s from this new understanding of shared business that funders such as Power to Change – who we have had the pleasure of working with – have emerged. Today, we’re looking back to one of the oldest, most established cooperatives, which is still thriving today. This week, we welcome our heroes of change, The...

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Don’t f**k with the formula

Not made for these times In 1966, while Brian Wilson was radically innovating, and creating new works of musical genius, other members of the Beach Boys remained sceptical. Fellow band member Mike Love’s famously bad advice to him at the time (at least apocryphally) was “Don’t fuck with the formula”. Don’t move away from what works, i.e. in their case (formulaic) songs about girls, surfing and cars. But then again if the formula’s no longer fit for purpose, there comes a time when it’s more risky to stick with it. It’s important that NGOs don’t end up as the...

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The business case for purpose and profit: why we’re part of the Bcorp community

B Corp is a non-profit that certifies companies who want to benefit society as well make money. Hailed as the business equivalent to Fair Trade certification, B Corp boast some big brands like Patagonia and Ben and Jerry’s on their roster. We asked our CEO and Founder, Esther Foreman why she wanted to sign up. What was your business case for joining B-Corp? As a for-profit agency that specialises in creating and developing social movements, it was important to put our money where our mouth is. I wanted to demonstrate that business can be a force for good, just...

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#HeroesofChange: Grapevine

‘When people are close to one another there are fewer defences against new experiences. There is openness to learning. Intimacy and personal disclosure helps to create the conditions for innovation’. Who are the #HeroesOfChange? This week’s #HeroesOfchange are the community of Grapevine in Coventry. Grapevine worked with Coventry Council to create a public health movement in Coventry, particularly focusing on vulnerable people. The result was astounding. ‘In sharp contrast to the expensive, ‘top down’ mass marketing campaigns, emerged a grassroots movement around public heath rooted in the solid methodology of the systems thinkers behind it. Meet Grapevine Grapevine transformed public...

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What’s so good about campaigning?

It’s so hard to find a parking space in Dulwich Village At one of Southwark’s community councils not so long ago, there was some vocal (and visceral) opposition to a modest council proposal to slightly improve cycling provision and safety in a tiny part of the borough. The residents’ campaign against the proposed change led to it being halted. You might say that’s pluralism in action. And obviously those people have a right to have their say – even if what is said is not something that you would agree with. But in the wider scheme of things, how...

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#Heroesofchange: AirBnB

  AirBnB have revolutionised the way that we navigate our economy. They’re an ideology turned into a global movement. Rather than every man for himself, AirBnB espouses a rhetoric of sharing, opening up and building networks across divides. They have created a movement that has spearheaded the sharing economy. The movement stretches globally, beyond the company of AirBnB and into the hearts and minds of people.   Meet the AirBnB’ers AirBnB’s ideology is simple: open up your home to others, and people will open up their homes to you too. AirBnB have make it acceptable to open up your...

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