Category: My blog

Campaigning takes time

Earlier this month the British Government announced that First Aid is going to be included in the school curriculum in England from 2020. This is huge news and could save thousands of lives in the future. But this breakthrough made

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Great new report on social power

Last week the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (where I am an associate) launched a new report as the culmination of the Social Change project – Social Power: how civil society can ‘Play Big’ and truly create change. I’ve seen many of

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World Cafe

I’m just back from running a workshop in Thailand where we were seeking to review a global campaign and discuss next steps with 40 people present. How can you do meaningful planning with so many people? We used the World

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Burning desire to campaign

I’ve just finished two assignments in Bulgaria and Thailand. Both workshops worked really well and whilst they were focussed on totally different issues, I think that their common element was that the participants all had a burning desire to campaign

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Practitioners not advocates

I’ve just come back from Sofia where I was running an advocacy workshop for the Romani Early Years Network (REYN), which has members supporting Roma communities in 11 countries across Europe. I was struck during the first session at their

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Speaking with impact

Over the past month I have been running a series of workshops for small charities supporting refugees and migrants to help their volunteers and staff develop their confidence to speak with impact in public. I do think that the ability

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Obstacles to campaigning – what do you think?

Since March of last year I have been running a series of posts on my blog about the obstacles to campaigning. If campaigning is as simple as I try to make out, why is it often so difficult to campaign?

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Coping with ‘proxy reporting ‘

My advice here – and it is pressure that many advocacy campaigners are up against to come up with their indicators – is the same as I offered to the bureaucratisation challenge. It is so important to show that you

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Free preview of my new book

Sceptical about the need for yet another book about campaigning – check out the free preview of my new book to see what you think!

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‘Proxy reporting’

The final obstacle that I have observed is the internal pressure to develop key performance indicators for advocacy campaigns. Now don’t get me wrong – targets can be very important for advocacy campaigns at the right times of the campaigning

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