Author: Jinan

Lost Voices Report (4): A bad workman always blames his tools

Welcome to the final section of our Lost Voices report. Over the last 3 sections, we have analysed the relationship between charities, MPs and the public, concluding that there has been a gradual breakdown of trust between all three. We have delved into the impact that this breakdown of trust is having on those with the lived experience, and we have started to take a look at some of the elements of digital campaigning that assist in driving this wedge of mistrust between charities, MPs and the public. The previous section of the report delved into the question of...

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Lost Voices Report (3): Are metrics working?

Welcome to the third section of our Lost Voices report: Are metrics working? This section explores some of the key drivers that have led to the gradual erosion of trust between some of the key players in the digital campaigning world: charities, MPs and the public. We established in the first section of the report here that there is a cycle of mistrust between these key players, all of whom are feeling the impact of a deep lack of communication. The next section of the report expounded the impact that this has on the voices of lived experience, many...

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How do you fund the lived experience?

“ I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t had an experience of harassment. Do you?” This was how Samantha Rennie, Executive Director of Rosa – the first and only UK wide fund for women and girls – described her reaction to the #metoo campaign and the growth of discussions around sexual violence and sexual assault: “We knew long before the #metoo campaign that the UK is one of the most violent countries in Europe to be a woman in.” But while the #metoo movement empowered women to speak up about their experiences, now Samantha wants to know “what’s...

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A movement masterclasss with #metoo

Last month a movement washed across the globe. It’s a movement that signifies defiance, anger, and solidarity. This movement is the #metoo movement. In the wake of the deluge of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, women from across the world have formed a movement around speaking up against sexual violence and sexual assault. In the last month, millions of voices have joined together to create a powerful force, with the voices of the lived experience at the heart of it. Let’s take a look at the past month to see how a movement so huge was formed.   IT BEGAN...

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Lost Voices Report (2): Digital campaigning and the lived experience

In the last of our Lost Voices series, Where has the trust gone? We established that there is a chasm of trust between some of the key players in this sector. From the public to MPs to charities, the layers of mistrust are impacting those with the lived experience the most. It was only today that Frank Field, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee highlighted the impact a barrage of emails from the lived experience had in an inquiry into disability benefits. What’s interesting, however, is the distinction Frank Field made between the emails from the lived experience,...

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Lost Voices Report (1): Where has the trust gone?

The cycle of mistrust This is the release of the first chunk of the report analysing digital campaigning and the lived experience. If this is the first you’ve heard of the Lost Voices project (if so, where have you been?!), take a read of the introduction to the project here.  Digital campaigning, consisting predominantly of petitions and email-to-target actions, is extolled by many charities as the ‘first step on the road to democratic participation.’ However, on interviewing many charities and petition providers, it became clear that there is an underlying motive to asking people to add their signatures.  As...

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Lost Voices: an introduction

Over the past year, we at The Social Change Agency have been undertaking a project exploring digital campaigning and its effects on the lived experience. Following Esther Foreman’s previous research in Shouting Down the House, we sought to create an evidence base to support our hypothesis that digital campaigning is drowning out the voices of the lived experience Over the past nine months we have interviewed and surveyed almost 50 charities, petition providers, technology providers and MPs  to understand the state of digital campaigning as it currently stands. Our research has revealed some interesting dynamics.  While many people acknowledged...

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The Glass Room: Technology is inherently political

“This room is about the rise of technology. And technology is inherently political. And politics is power” These were the words of Andrea Figari, Director of Community Engagement at Tactical Tech during the Activism in the Quantified society workshop at The Glass Room. Technology is growing at a rapid pace, and our awareness of our digital rights and privacy aren’t growing at the same rate. That’s why The Glass Room has come to London. For those of you who don’t know, The Glass Room is a tech pop-up exhibition. Walking around it, you feel like you’re in an episode...

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