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Is this strategy really just an act of seduction?

Is this strategy really just an act of seduction?

The relationship between government and civil society has not been good for some years. We have been through fair amounts of conflict and betrayal, and neither party is entirely blameless. Reconciliation is desperately needed, so can we find a way forward? The new Civil Society Strategy seems like a well-timed intervention.

Sue TibballsIs this strategy really just an act of seduction?
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Top 10 Campaigning Tips: Insights from an ex-civil servant

Top 10 Campaigning Tips: Insights from an ex-civil servant

Having previously been a civil society advocate and campaigner, I often wondered what the most successful tactics were to influence policymakers. I then took up a job in the civil service in environmental policy, and for the past few years I had the opportunity to see what civil society advocacy looks like from the ‘other side’ – in government.

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It’s time to hand more power to the people

It’s time to hand more power to the people

The scale and ubiquity of mass and social media have boomed over the past 30 years. We can connect with like-minded people on the other side of the planet, share our personal stories with millions and break a global news story from our phones. Yet civil society hasn’t really cracked a way in which to pursue social change in this arena.

Sue TibballsIt’s time to hand more power to the people
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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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