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Is the Lobbying Act working against people’s democratic participation?

Is the Lobbying Act working against people’s democratic participation?

At a recent forum of civil society and business, Matthew Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, told charities “I want to see civil society recover its confidence to speak into our public life, you have the right to campaign, to persuade the public, and to press for change in the systems which affect the life of this country.”[1]

Sue TibballsIs the Lobbying Act working against people’s democratic participation?
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Measure this! Making the most of your evaluation.

Measure this! Making the most of your evaluation.

Mary loved art, but at 82 she hadn’t picked up a paintbrush for decades. Then she was invited to a painting session with artists in her care home. A few months later, she sifted through dozens of paintings that she had made – beautiful, dramatic pieces. Painting had invigorated her; it made her reconnect with her passion and with herself. Art gave Mary a new lease of life.

Laura AlcockFergusonMeasure this! Making the most of your evaluation.
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The Lobbying Act ‘chilling effect’: reality or perception?

The Lobbying Act ‘chilling effect’: reality or perception?

Whether you love it, hate it or simply don’t get it, the Lobbying Act is the ghost at the feast. For some it has been unwelcome, even scary. Others like its greater transparency. Many find it nebulous and hard to pin down. (OK, you’ve now stretched that metaphor to its limit – Ed)

SMK TeamThe Lobbying Act ‘chilling effect’: reality or perception?
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Five reasons to be cheerful about young people and social change

Five reasons to be cheerful about young people and social change

We discussed the role of young people in social change at the latest Social Change Project event. Despite the snowy weather, we were energised by the debate with young people and those who work with them. Here are my five reasons to be cheerful, inspired by our conversations:

Rachel CainFive reasons to be cheerful about young people and social change
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The Social Change Project: On class, culture, diversity and social change

The Social Change Project: On class, culture, diversity and social change

Many cultural commentators try to claim that mainstream arts and media are simply leisure activities designed to fill our leisure time and that ‘art’ is about beauty and ‘media’ is about diverting entertainment, and both are irrelevant to the forming and maintaining of the economic, political and moral values of our society.

Chris JuryThe Social Change Project: On class, culture, diversity and social change
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