The Social Change Project: Events

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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

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?


The Foundry
17 Oval Way
SE11 5RR

Measuring and Evaluating Social Change

27th November 2017: 2.00pm – 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?


185 Park Street

Creativity and Social Change

29th November 2017: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

The Social Change Project acknowledges how powerful creativity can be in engaging audiences and in shifting attitudes. One example, The Craftivist Collective use craft to change the world with deliberate, thoughtful actions to great effect with notable success including the M&S Living Wage campaign.

Event hosts Cardboard Citizens tell stories through theatre and, as well as creating personal change for the most vulnerable in society through performing arts, uses ‘Forum Theatre’ to drive attitudinal and social change. Their recent tour ‘CATHY’ took audiences ideas for laws to the House of Lords and Labour Party Conference, and they were part of the coalition which helped to see successful passage of the Homelessness Reduction Bill into law.

In this event we intend to explore the role of creativity in social change. With sharings from Cardboard Citizens’ member performers (all with their own experience of homelessness).


Cardboard Citizens
77A Greenfield Road
E1 1EJ

The Future use of Digital Tools in Social Change

8th December 2017: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

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?


Newspeak House
133 Bethnal Green Rd
E2 7DG

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