Author: Esther Foreman

Do you want to create positive change in your community?

    The Social Change Agency is working with M&S and we are looking for residents of Middlesbrough, Norwich, Newham, Glasgow, Birmingham, Merthyr, and Derry to attend a Community Conversation to hear about issues that matter to you and your local area (Time & locations listed below). The findings of this will shape a two-year programme looking at ways that M&S can support your community aiming to help tackle some of these issues and make positive change. Come and let us know what you think of your neighbourhood and meet other local residents as part of the conversation. Travel...

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How to Create a Community of Practice

When you’re building big movements for social impact, it helps to provide a safe space for the leaders in the network to come together positively (think appreciative inquiry, rather than ‘stitch and bitch’). And one of the most exciting things we’re doing right now is convening the #peoplesCOP – a Community of Practice (CoP) of 13 experts who run peer networks supporting community businesses across the land. So what are CoPs, why do they work and how do you create one? Well, since you ask – we’ve put together a handy how-to guide.

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Can organisations build movements?

Over the past century, the world has experienced sweeping social change in many areas; gender equality, environmentalism, human rights.  Those successful efforts were led not by individual organisations, but by movements of people from all walks of life influencing institutions, policies and social norms. But these days it seems like everyone, from Nike to Citizens UK, WWF to Delivering Happiness are building a movement for change. What has been really interesting is how so many institutions and people are choosing movement building language to describe a journey for reaching social impact together. We find ourselves pondering whether or not this is the...

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Campaigners – Are you ready for the next level?

Everyone from SSIR, to NCVO says that Campaigning generally needs to be more innovative. So how do we fix this? The first step is to enable honest and real conversations between campaigns leads. We need a safe space to explore common challenges and deepen our practice together in a way that will benefit campaigners, the sector as a whole and the wider impact we all desire. So we have teamed up with CharityComms to create The Campaigns Network – a face to face opportunity for Campaign Peers to meet to discuss important issues at a strategic level across causes.

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