The Social Change Project: Events

Join the conversation

The Social Change Project will be hosting a series of events and conversations to bring people together to address the burning issues identified by our community of practice.

The purpose of these conversations is to bring together key thinkers and actors with a particular interest in or experience of the theme to explore emerging issues, their implications and recommendations for the future.

If you are interested in joining an event please contact rachel.nye@smk.org.uk

Use of the Law in Pursuing Social Change

19th October 2017: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Legal changes have the potential generate major social and cultural transformations. Our aim at this event is to bring together key thinkers and actors with a particular interest in using the law to bring about social change to explore emerging issues and their implications. This will be an opportunity to share your experiences and contribute to current thinking on this topic with opening remarks by Jolyon Maugham QC. We do not have a fixed idea of how the conversation will develop on the day, but we are mindful of questions such

This will be an opportunity to share your experiences and contribute to current thinking on this topic with opening remarks by Jolyon Maugham QC. We do not have a fixed idea of how the conversation will develop on the day, but we are mindful of questions such as:

• How might better use of the law and human rights lead to social change?
• How are we currently making use of the law?
• What does the future use of the law look like for social change?

Location

The Foundry
17 Oval Way
Vauxhall
SE11 5RR


Ethics and Social Change

25th October 2017: 12.00-3.00pm (lunch to be provided)

Quakers in Britain and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation are hosting a conversation on ethics and social change as part of The Social Change Project.

Our aim for this event is to bring together key thinkers and actors with a particular interest in ethics and social change to explore emerging issues and their implications.  We do not have a fixed idea of how the conversation will develop on the day, but we are mindful of questions such as:

  • The role of ethics and values in driving change – our sense of right and wrong and moral purpose.
  • Fake news and data manipulation – what are the ethical limits we should observe in campaigns? And how do we ensure others comply?
  • How do we ensure inclusivity and integrity in our work?
  • Accountability – how do campaigning organisations want to be held accountable for their ethics?

We have room for about twenty guests, so please do let us know as soon as possible if you would like to join us. And if you think there is someone else who should be part of this discussion please let us know or extend the invitation to them.

Location

Friends House
173 Euston Road
London
NW1 2BJ


Collaboration – coalitions, networks and alliances for social change

6th November 2017: 9.30am-12.30pm

Many successful instances of social change are not the result of one person or entity – it is the result of efforts across people and groups. Whether formal coalitions or informal collaborations working together can bring about change. We intend to dig deeper into this issue to look at questions such as:

• What role can different sorts of organisations play in the social change eco-system?
• What does it mean to be a partner in a ’white-labelled’ campaign?
• How can organisations work together towards common goals without expending too much energy just maintaining the partnerships?
• What does this mean for attribution, satisfying funders and protecting fundraising efforts?

Location

Impact Hub Birmingham
Walker Bldg
58 Oxford St
Birmingham
B5 5NR


Governance Models, Organisational Structures and Social Change

23rd November 2017: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Through our summer workshops we identified a need for a closer look at how governance models and organisational structures and help and hinder the change-making process. We do not have a fixed idea of how the conversation will develop on the day, but we are mindful of questions such as:

Do our structures and cultures allow us to be as effective as we can be?

Which organisational and governance models best support effective change-making?

What difference do different legal entities make to how we think and act?

Are our organisations fit for purpose? Is the charity a model fit for the future?

Location

The Foundry
17 Oval Way
Vauxhall
SE11 5RR


Measuring and Evaluating Social Change

27th November 2017: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Through our conversations to date the question about how you measure and evaluate social change has arisen time and again. We intend to dig deeper into this topic. We do not have a fixed idea of how the conversation will develop on the day but we will be asking questions such as:

As one of our participants put is: “We don’t deliver outputs, we sow seeds”, so is there an over-insistence on measurement and targets?

As one of our participants put it: “The destination is clear but the journey is not.” If change is not a linear process, and happens within a system how can we know exactly how and when change will happen?

With many actors are working for change how do you attribute success?

Location

NPC
185 Park Street
London
SE1 9BL


The Future use of Digital Tools in Social Change

8th December 2017: Time TBC

Through our summer workshops we identified a need for further interrogation of digital tools and social change. We do not have a fixed idea of how the conversation will develop on the day, but we are mindful of questions such as:

What is the current state of play with digital tools and social change?

How have digital tools impacted the work of social change?

What is the future of digital tools for social change?

What part do human relationships and connection play in today’s digitally enabled world?

To what extent has digital technology changed everything?

Location

TBC

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