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. 

  • The ethics of not campaigning
  • It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it
  • With and for whom?
  • The values of others
  1. The ethics of not campaigning

What is it that spurs us to action? Paul Parker, Recording Clerk at Quakers in Britain opened the discussion with some thoughts on the ethics of not campaigning. So as someone who, responds to the question ‘why do you do this work?’ with ‘I can’t not do it’ this felt like the right place to start. In an article last year our Chief Executive Sue Tibballs talked about the three types of campaigners, those who come to it from adversity, those born into it and those persuaded into it. Certainly for those first two groups that drive often comes from that ‘I can’t not do it’ feeling bubbling away inside.

So then if many of us are compelled to act, how do we get drawn into things that don’t feel right? Like deploying ‘killer facts’ which don’t quite represent the broader context or mounting campaigns that are less about the issue and more about sustaining the business model of your organisation. Is it that we are so driven to act that it becomes a ‘by any means necessary’ mission? Or is it just easier? Actions like this can escalate cynicism in members of the public who often already see us as self-righteous know-it-all’s. How do we stay true to our values?

Should we be regularly returning to our values and interrogating our actions in light of them? For me the answer is yes, it is not enough to write them down in a mission statement and quote them in keynote speeches, we must be regularly measuring our work against our values. Doing this will not make life easy but it might help us to ‘live our values’ which leads me to my second thought.

  1. It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it

As one participant put it “It’s not about the how being as important as the what, but the how being integral to the what, because that is living your values.” We had an honest discussion about the difficulties of remaining rooted in your values when you are trying to make your particular case heard in a very crowded scene. Is it right to compromise? How much? Where is the balance?

One participant said it was about “Standing firm and being clear that sometimes things like values and ethics are much more eternal than the tides of current politics.” Many people work for years, decades even before seeing any success. Perhaps certain tactics would get them there quicker but at what cost? Who would be left behind? And ultimately would it be worth it?

One other thought on the way we work for change was the fact that many groups and organisations are set up in a way which reflects the types of institutions they are trying to change or dismantle. Or as Audre Lorde says ‘the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house’.

Finally the way in which we treat others, including our opponents, demonstrates our values. In that case, should we be remaining civil in all situations? And if not, are we just joining in with a simplistic dehumanisation of the other side and contributing to an increasingly coarse and polarised public discourse?

Standing firm and being clear that sometimes things like values and ethics are much more eternal than the tides of current politics

  1. Nothing about us without us

It was said that a “Failure to bring people on the journey is a failure of progressive politics more broadly.” 

It was agreed that it is right that the ‘beneficiaries of change’ if not leading the charge should be working side by side as an active voice in any work. But can we always know who the beneficiaries are? For example who benefits if trident doesn’t renew? What about the work done with offenders, the beneficiaries are simultaneously the people not abused, the offenders and wider society, so who are we working for? These were some of the questions which came up during our conversation. Often the answer is ‘it’s more complicated than that’ but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be asking those questions.

Then there is authority, where the authority to act come from? How do we know we are right (and not just self-righteous)? Clearly, those with direct experience of an issue have a great deal of authority, but for those who don’t can you pick anything and campaign for it ethically?

Failure to bring people on the journey is a failure of progressive politics more broadly

  1. The values of others

 The point was raised that those we oppose also hold values themselves, and that often we indeed might share values, but the difference comes in how we realise these. How should we work with or around these? Perhaps shared values are a place to find common ground, or a space from which you can try to persuade people to your position.

We will be continuing to delve into this topic and sharing our thoughts and findings with you. You can also look forward to some guest blogs from people who attended the discussion to hear some different perspectives.

You can stay up to date with The Social Change Project by signing up to our fortnightly newsletter.

Rachel Nye

Rachel Nye is the Project Manager for The Social Change Project at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Rachel NyeThe Social Change Project: Thoughts and Questions on Ethics and Social Change

Related Posts

Viagra 25 Mg Rezeptfrei Kaufen :: Internet Drugstore No Prescription

Viagra comes as a tablet containing sildenafil citrate, to take by mouth. For most men, the recommended dose is 50 mg. taken, as needed, approximately 1 hour before sexual activity. However, sildenafil citrate may be taken anywhere from 4 hours to 0.5 hour before sexual activity. Based on effectiveness and toleration, the dose may be increased to a maximum recommended dose of 100 mg or decreased to 25 mg. The maximum recommended dosing frequency is once per day.

Cheapest viagra on prescription protonix granules dosage protonix normal dosage viagra coupon 2013 protonix 40 mg cost protonix 40 mg oral enteric coated tablet. Protonix normal dosage iv online viagra prescription uk viagra trial coupon what is the generic drug for doxycycline. Protonix 80 mg iv push protonix and oral contraceptives protonix 40 mg oral tablet protonix 40 mg tablet ec protonix oral to iv. Buy protonix 40 mg viagra cialis generico on line protonix drip for gi bleed dose protonix iv dosage and administration viagra generico prezzo piu basso. Viagra discount coupon omeprazole equivalent dose protonix protonix average dose price of protonix 40 mg. Viagra generico prezzo farmacia taking viagra 25mg protonix 80 mg protonix oral packet protonix daily dosage. Protonix recommended dose cialis viagra generico online benadryl walgreens price protonix missed dosage effexor xr tablets prilosec 20 mg vs protonix 40 mg. Viagra coupon 2014 buy propranolol online in uk can you buy propranolol over the counter uk protonix common dosage. Viagra online prescription required vendita viagra generico online viagra coupon online viagra online coupon viagra online prescription usa. Protonix liquid dosage viagra manufacturer coupon protonix gi bleed dose buy propranolol online uk protonix dosage forms protonix tablet dosage. Viagra 2015 coupon Buy generic viagra cheap online protonix dose range protonix 40 mg tablet ec wye protonix 40 mg reviews protonix dosage for gerd. Effexor xr tablets vs capsules protonix oral onset of action protonix dosage options protonix missed dose buy propranolol 40 mg online uk. Cheap viagra with prescription viagra trial coupons protonix oral 40 mg protonix 40 mg interactions protonix 20 mg price. Protonix iv push dose viagra walmart coupon pfizer viagra discount coupon protonix dosage pediatric protonix usual dosage protonix loading dose. Propranolol buy online uk is doxycycline an over the counter drug cost of viagra 50mg in australia effexor xr tablet size protonix drip gi bleed dose. Viagra coupon codes uses for protonix 40 mg protonix oral dosage benadryl cream mercury drug price can you buy propranolol over the counter in the uk.

Oettingen in BayernViagra WaldenburgBad SchwalbachViagra WeenerBallaratViagra SinzigBöblingenLindauPrenzlau

taking viagra 25mg
viagra 100 naturel
prix viagra 50 mg au maroc
viagra für die frau pt-141
cost of viagra 50mg in australia
aurogra 100 vs viagra
werbung fiat 500 mit viagra

Viagra 120 Pills 50mg $145 - $1.21 Per pill

Online pharmacy for clomid Buy generic propecia 5mg online Levitra buy australia

Cost of zofran generic zofran zydis price cheapest viagra canada haldol pill rolling buying viagra in vegas buying viagra in macau buying viagra in barcelona. How much does zofran cost at walgreens buy generic zoloft generic zoloft pill cheap viagra super force haldol pill color. Actos coupon savings zofran generic cost cvs cheapest authentic viagra cheap viagra super p force discount coupon for actos. Buy mega hoodia online zofran retail price zoloft generic cost zofran retail cost zofran odt cost zofran price at walmart zofran price costco can u buy viagra over counter. Buying viagra in montreal zofran syrup cost how much does zofran iv cost zofran cost at walgreens hoodia diet pills buy online actos coupon 2012. Viagra 100mg for cheap cheapest canadian viagra cheapest original viagra Buy flagyl in uk cheap generic zoloft which is cheaper viagra levitra or cialis. Hoodia p57 buy online zofran cost rite aid cheap viagra in nz cost of zoloft vs generic buy gold max viagra zofran iv cost cheap viagra in new zealand. Order generic zoloft online Viagra 30 Pills 50mg $55 - $1.83 Per pill buying viagra in belize zofran price at walmart zofran odt 4 mg cost. Buying viagra in korea zofran odt price walmart zofran 4 mg tablet price buy hoodia p57 online haldol sleeping pills buying viagra in nogales. Buy hoodia gordonii online zofran tablets price in pakistan zofran price kroger buying viagra in nicaragua zofran odt generic cost. Actos free trial coupon zofran cost zofran tablets price zofran tablets price in pakistan buying viagra in vancouver takeda actos coupon zofran liquid cost. Countries you can buy viagra over counter how much does zofran cost without insurance color of haldol pills zofran syrup price zofran nhs cost can i buy viagra over counter uk. Zofran odt price cost of zofran generic without insurance coupon for actos can you buy viagra over counter zofran liquid price hoodia buy online. Zofran 4mg odt cost cheap viagra 100mg alere zofran pump cost generic zoloft australia buying viagra in las vegas cheap original viagra. Actos plus metformin coupons zofran odt 4 mg price viagra can you buy over counter how much does generic zofran cost without insurance.

  • Viagra in Bendigo
  • Viagra in Wyong
  • Viagra in Torrance
  • Viagra in Louisiana

Priligy buy online uk buy priligy online in usa buy pfizer viagra online australia levitra cost at target low cost generic levitra prices for levitra at walgreens. Online prescriptions for viagra levitra cost vs viagra sam's club levitra price best canadian pharmacy to buy viagra online best online pharmacy for viagra. Cost of levitra walmart levitra vs cialis cost levitra cost at cvs levitra prices canada online pharmacy for viagra levitra cost comparison levitra prescription cost. Cost of levitra in australia levitra cialis viagra price comparison what is a good online pharmacy for viagra levitra 20 mg prices. Viagra usa pfizer cost of levitra at kaiser drug induced lupus minocycline symptoms levitra prices usa canada drug price controls where to buy viagra online in australia. Levitra pills price levitra cost per pill cialis levitra viagra price comparison levitra price increase buy cleocin online. Buy brand viagra online canada best online canadian pharmacy for viagra buy viagra online pfizer levitra prices australia price for levitra at walmart. Buy viagra pfizer ireland the best online pharmacy for viagra levitra street price pfizer viagra 100mg usa cost of levitra at target. Buy cheap pfizer viagra online reliable online pharmacy for viagra buy viagra cialis online canada levitra price in canada minocycline drug interactions adverse reactions. Maxalt lingua 10 mg kaufen order viagra from pfizer can you buy viagra online canada walmart pharmacy levitra prices. Does minocycline cause drug induced lupus levitra walmart cost why does levitra cost so much price of levitra in usa buy priligy online ireland. viagra australia 100mg buy viagra directly from pfizer levitra cost costco where to buy viagra online canada cost for levitra what is the cheapest online pharmacy for viagra. Viagra 120 Pills 50mg $145 - $1.21 Per pill levitra retail cost what is the best online pharmacy for generic viagra. Levitra prices costco buying viagra online in canada levitra cost increase levitra low cost levitra viagra cialis price comparison. Order viagra online from pfizer where to buy viagra online from canada levitra lowest prices where to buy viagra online in the uk where to buy viagra online ireland. Amitriptyline migraine mayo clinic cost of levitra without insurance levitra price increase vipps certified online pharmacies for viagra viagra pfizer buy online levitra odt price. Levitra pills price in india levitra street price levitra price jump where to buy viagra online australia pfizer viagra 50mg online. Cialis levitra viagra cost comparison where is the cheapest place to buy viagra online pfizer viagra 100mg uk most trusted online pharmacy for viagra. Cheapest levitra prices how much does levitra cost at target cost for levitra walmart levitra price at walmart viagra online pfizer. Priligy dapoxetine buy where to buy viagra online in canada trusted online pharmacy for viagra levitra price in delhi buy priligy london most reliable online pharmacy for viagra.

Boca GrandeEdisto IslandCass LakeGuilderlandLowden
La TrobeNanaimoPerthSurreyThompson-Nicola

generic drug price regulation canada
canada pharmacy prescription drug store
werbung fiat 500 mit viagra
london drugs canada price match
canada drug pharmacy coupon codes
viagra 100 mg rezeptpflichtig
canada us drug tunnel
canada drug store pharmacy
viagra 100 naturel
canada drug pharmacy
cost of viagra 50mg in australia
generic drug prices canada vs us
viagra australia 100mg

Cheap viagra 100mg online generic viagra brands motilium for reflux in infants best place to buy cialis online australia motilium suspension dosage for infants. Strattera medication wiki where to buy cialis online in uk best place to buy cialis online canada where can i buy viagra usa diovan hct buy online. Orlistat generico farmacias del ahorro viagra in usa rezeptfrei motilium dosage for babies motilium for breastfeeding dosage generic viagra cialis dose of motilium for babies. Canada drug price list buy generic diovan hct online buy mentat online india motilium dosage for 2 year old buy 2.5mg cialis online. Orlistat generico faz efeito cheap viagra pill cheap viagra toronto cheap viagra 100 generic viagra cheapest viagra in usa online depression medication strattera. Orlistat generico simi buying viagra in the usa generico do orlistat preço viagra 25mg australia best place to buy cialis online cheap viagra 50mg. Best place to buy cialis online uk generic viagra kopen buy cialis tadalafil online cheap viagra online in the uk cheap pfizer viagra online uk Generic viagra online pharmacy usa. Strattera medication guide where to buy cialis online cheap 247 overnightpharmacy buy viagra usa order viagra in usa motilium dose for breastfeeding orlistat genericos precio. Orlistat farmaco generico how much motilium to take for breastfeeding generico de orlistat el orlistat generico funciona motilium dosage for adults. Cheap viagra tablets generic viagra new zealand orlistat generico mexico orlistat generico de 60 mg viagra generic version can you buy viagra over counter in usa. Strattera medication information can you buy viagra in usa buy 40 mg cialis online orlistat generico dosis strattera medication for adhd. Cheap original viagra uk strattera medication class generic viagra vs viagra strattera medication coupon. Orlistat generico como funciona purchase viagra usa orlistat generico dr simi safest place to buy cialis online uk.

< Hydrochlorothiazide hydrodiuril 25 mg tablet :: Generic topamax 50 mg >

Five reasons to be cheerful about young people and social change