Over the past year, I’ve been researching how popular culture can be a driver for social change in the UK. Ever since I started working on this subject there have been endless questions buzzing around my head: How do cultural movements come about? Who shapes our pop culture in the UK? How can we connect with the people who influence our culture? And how do you even define ‘pop culture’ anyway?!
Alice SachrajdaThe Social Change Project: Creativity and social change: the role of popular culture
For a long time, being part of a sexual and gender minority group was completely associated with being on the margins and creativity was in the DNA of the organisations. There was no blueprint for action, and activists had a strong sense that they could not just replicate what was being done in other fields. Sexual and gender diversities was a topic too contentious for many members of the public, it took creative protest and activism to capture their imaginations.
Joel BedosThe Social Change Project: What does creativity mean for sexual and gender diversities?
Last week The Social Change Project was lucky enough to host a discussion about the role of ethics and values in social change. It was a rich and detailed conversation which has helped us to inform the work of The Social Change Project going forward. I wanted to share with you some key thoughts and questions which came out of it.
Rachel NyeThe Social Change Project: Thoughts and Questions on Ethics and Social Change
So the government has announced it will not be making any amendments to the lobbying act. It is to go against the advice of its own review, conducted by Lord Hodgson, against the advice of the House of Lords and despite the significant body of evidence showing the damage this ill-conceived and badly drawn legislation has inflicted on the voluntary sector. Brexit is understood to be the primary reason for not making the amendments.
Sue TibballsYes, it matters that the government is ignoring Hodgson
We all know that campaigning has been going through a bit of a rough patch, with the lobbying act and all. However, I was still taken aback when someone referred to campaigning as the “C” word. A little strong, maybe. However, as I go round the country talking to people as part of the foundation’s Social Change Project, it becomes increasingly clear just how much of a problem language can be.
SMK TeamHow Plato can help us redefine campaigning
In a new report from the innovation foundation Nesta, called We Change the World: How Social Movements Influence Health and Wellbeing, I argue that campaigning is more an art than a science. I point out that there is no fixed model, no curriculum, no rules and no guarantee. Furthermore, I say that campaigning is about reading power and understanding where change might come from.
Sue TibballsThree books signal new interest in social action
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.
AnonymousGuest blog: Top 10 Campaigning Tips: Insights from an ex-civil servant
With Parliament in recess it’s a good time for policy wonks and campaigners to reflect on the year just gone – and the year ahead. And looking back, what a year its been: if nothing else, politics has started to get interesting again.
In the short term, the recent election may not have changed much on the ground, but it was certainly a sign that the public mood is shifting. A warning shot across the bows of austerity – with public services now all too clearly struggling and the deficit still growing, people are asking if the very real pain is worth the ever-receding gain of a budget surplus. Add to this the continued uncertainty over Brexit, and the deep divisions within both the main political parties on this issue – as well as in the country as a whole, and the future looks as clear as mud.
Belinda PrattenGuest blog: Politics has just got interesting again
A year on from the EU referendum, I want to offer some reflections on the Remain campaign, why it lost and the lessons those of us engaged in campaigning for social change can take from the experience.
Twelve months ago, I woke up to the news I’d been dreading for months – the UK had voted to leave the European Union. In the run-up to the referendum my partner and I would regularly turn to each other and say, ‘We’re going to lose this, aren’t we?’, usually after hearing a politician or commentator talking about the referendum in terms we believed wouldn’t connect with a lot of people.
Emma TaggartGuest blog: Raising our game – lessons for social change campaigners from the EU referendum