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In conversation with a climate striker

Since 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg started her school strike for climate outside the Swedish parliament in August of 2018, young students across all continents have joined her to demand action to safeguard the planet. On 15 March over 1.6 million students from...

Why we must involve young people in decision-making

From the Youth Strikes 4 Climate movement, to the March for Our Lives and Global March against child labour, student-led, youth movements provide a powerful message that their future is too important to be entrusted to adults who have failed to deliver. While this is...

The anatomy of the climate strike movement

Greta Thunberg’s school climate strikers have brought huge amounts of attention to the climate crisis in recent months. But as their movement grows, what lies behind their success? And what can other campaigners learn from them? Here at The Social Change Agency, we’ve...

How women’s empowerment and climate action go hand in hand

Social justice campaigners often talk about the importance of intersectionality. Yet, too often it's difficult for them to find either the energy or the rationale to link their causes to others'. Today, fresh research offers the potential to make this process much...

Learning from a community-led approach to helping women in Africa

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we spoke to Frances Longley, Amref UK's CEO, about creating real change for women and girls in Africa. Here, she gives us three top tips for using movement-based, community-led approaches to achieve social progress. 1) Help women...

Three movements to watch out for in 2019

Here’s a rundown of some of the social movements we’re most excited about and those we expect to flourish and grow next year. 1. The Women’s March Since rallying the largest single-day protest in US history after Donald Trump’s election, the Women’s March has...

Our top movement partners from 2018

We love our work because of the innovative and inspiring organisations we interact with every day. Here’s your chance to find out a bit more about some the movements we have been building over the past twelve months, and some of the partners we have been privileged to...

The Rise of the Organisational Movement Builder

On a very cold and wet November evening this week, we launched CareerClub, an evening of honest, irreverent, cross examinations of all the careers in social change and how we got there, or got lost instead. I put myself on the stand, next to Nick Gardener, the CEO of...

Calling Social Innovators to Tackle Social Isolation

The Social Change Agency is working with The Peel, a community organisation in Clerkenwell, to tackle social isolation in the area. Our vision is a neighborhood where everyone feels that they belong, where there is connection between people regardless of class, and...

Rethinking Trusteeship

The following blog is the longer and complementary version of "Rethinking Trusteeship" originally post on NCVO which can be found here It’s fair to say, charity trustee boards have a profile. Research shows that boards are on around 92% white with an average age of 60...

The future is here and it is unevenly distributed

This blog is written by Bob Thust, Partner Practical Governance  and Esther Foreman, CEO The Social Change Agency  Conveners of Losing Control as a response to the Civil Society Futures Report, PACT. Originally published here We both welcome the outstanding work of...

“There’s Power in Partnership”

Formed in September 2017, the Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP) aims to build a stronger economy and fairer society where all community members are invested and engaged in improving the UK through partnerships between businesses, civil society, and government....