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We need better partnerships with the arts

We need better partnerships with the arts

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
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The Social Change Project: What does creativity mean for sexual and gender diversities?

The Social Change Project: What does creativity mean for sexual and gender diversities?

For a long time, being part of a sexual and gender minority group[1] 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?
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The Social Change Project: Thoughts and Questions on Ethics and Social Change

The Social Change Project: Thoughts and Questions on Ethics and Social Change

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
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Yes, it matters that the government is ignoring Hodgson

Yes, it matters that the government is ignoring Hodgson

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
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How Plato can help us redefine campaigning

How Plato can help us redefine campaigning

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

Guest blog: 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. 

AnonymousGuest blog: Top 10 Campaigning Tips: Insights from an ex-civil servant
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Guest blog: Politics has just got interesting again

Guest blog: Politics has just got interesting again

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
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Government should be clearer on charities and campaigning

Government should be clearer on charities and campaigning

With three recent reports saying that campaigning is a central function of charities, it’s time for clarity on the attitude of government, says our columnist

Three major reports about the voluntary sector have appeared in recent weeks: one from the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities; another from the Lloyds Bank Foundation; and the third from the sector think tank Civil Exchange. All look at the challenges facing charities and all are emphatic on one point: the absolute centrality of campaigning for charities and other voluntary sector organisations.

Sue TibballsGovernment should be clearer on charities and campaigning
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