A little bit of ‘you-time’ could be what your campaign needs

Over the Christmas break, pay proper attention to the care and maintenance of your campaign’s most valuable asset – YOU. Holiday indulgence is inevitable, but why not feed your mind as well as your body? Here’s our very own Christmas hamper of social change goodies.

Podcasts are easy to fit into other activity, whether you’re last-minute shopping or out for a walk. If you can find a quiet corner, it’s a great time to relax with a book. You could also give a little thought to your personal development next year – make some notes and be ready to make your case when the opportunity arises.

Of course, you may choose to do none of these things – and that’s OK too. The aim is to be ready for whatever 2018 might bring!

Reasons To Be Cheerful podcast – Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd tackle a different social issue each week, looking for constructive solutions and turning up the optimism. Just what you need when it feels like the world’s burning and the weather’s freezing. Plus, it turns out Ed is a funny man!

Framing Equality Toolkit from ILGA-Europe & PIRC – This step-by-step guide will walk you through thinking about how you frame your campaign communications. Accessible, well-designed and packed with examples.

Better Angels podcast – Sarah Brown looks at social change around the world and interviews the inspiring, the famous and the funny (sometimes all three).

How to Change the World (The Essential Guide for Social Sector Leaders) by Craig Dearden-Phillips – Whether you’re in the director’s chair or just starting out, the way organisations are led and organised will affect you every day. What kind of leaders do you want to work with?

Guilty Feminist podcast – if this podcast teaches us anything, it’s that acknowledging our own imperfection might be a way to start difficult but fruitful conversations. It manages to be interesting, funny and diverse. Biblical representation or bikini waxing? You no longer need to choose!

Campaigning for Change: An Essential Guide for Campaigning Around the World by Jonathan Ellis –  It must be worth picking the brain of someone with this wealth of experience. Jonathan is passionate about sharing knowledge and learning so, if you find it useful, pay it forward and tell a friend.

The Thoughtful Campaigner blog –  Tom Baker offers regular and honest thoughts on campaigning. His latest post looks at seven campaigns that have stood out to him this year.

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