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
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