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
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