In my last column I wrote about Oxfam being described by a former charity minister as a ‘front group for Corbynistas’ and what seemed to me to be a deliberate and dangerous obfuscation of the difference between being ‘political’ and ‘partisan’.
Sue TibballsOxfam reveals vulnerability of charity sector: we must all look to our mission
The former charities minister, Rob Wilson, hasn’t pulled his punches since losing his seat last year. In a recent Daily Telegraph column, he accused Oxfam of disappearing up its own “morally righteous posterior” for issuing a tweet that said “we have an extreme form of capitalism that only works for those at the top”.
Sue TibballsSo Rob Wilson, just who is being partisan here?
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
On the face of it, the second annual Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Survey does not make for happy reading. Clearly, charity campaigning is still in the midst of something of a crisis. Yet, dig beneath the headlines and a more complex picture emerges, one that requires us to reflect on ourselves as well as the rest of the world.
If you look back at any significant example of social change, popular culture is very likely to have played a part. Think of that first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on Brookside 20 years ago and the part it will have played in paving the way for equal marriage. The huge impact of Cathy Come Home 50 years ago shifted public attitudes towards those without homes. I grew up with Rock Against Racism and the first LiveAid concert. Sometimes today I tune in to The Archers, which always seems to be tackling another tough social issue.
Sue TibballsWe need better partnerships with the arts
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.
SMK TeamA little bit of ‘you-time’ could be what your campaign needs
We are hosting detailed discussions on each of our ten ‘burning issues’ to explore some of the big questions around these issues, and gather different perspectives from across civil society. One of these issues is Governance and Leadership.
Rachel CainThe Social Change Project: Governance Models and Social Change