by | Dec 13, 2022

2022 holiday round-up: listening and reading with a purpose

It’s been an eventful year, to say the least. Bills have passed that threaten our democratic rights. We’ve seen protests across the UK tackling the cost of living crisis and the climate emergency, and strikes that will continue into 2023. But people are finding ways to fight back and have their voices heard.

As we sign off for the holidays, we wanted to send you on your merry way with some interesting resources to dip into. We did want to put a cheery spin on 2022 but sadly, for the most part, it’s just not been that kind of year! Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom.

We hope the holidays are a time for you to catch up with some well-earned rest, as well as quality time with friends and family.

In the meantime, happy reading and listening!


But is it funny? Explores the role of comedy in changing hearts and minds. From the Counterpoint Arts PopChange programme.

Does Extreme Protest Work – Just Stop Oil? Or Just Stop? Journalists Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall ask whether direct action makes you sit up…or throw up.

Living in a house that might kill you Kwajo Tweneboa, this year’s SMK Young Campaigner Award winner, features on The News Agents’ episode looking at housing conditions in the UK.

The Future of the Citizen (With Jon Alexander) Jon Richardson and the Futurenaughts had a chat with Jon Alexander about his book, ‘Citizens‘.

Protests in China, UK strikes, and crypto bros Alistair Campbell and Rory Stewart take a look at the importance of technology within politics, the mistakes of past Prime Ministers and the impact of strikes in Britain today.


Cost of Giving Monitor – Wave 2 A key finding from GOOD Agency’s latest research is that adults in Briton have become more politicised. As the cost-of-living crisis tightens its grip on the nation, almost 1 in 2 (45%) Brits think charities should take a political position.

Inside the winning fight to stop the Rwanda deportation flights A campaign led by survivors of torture, refugee organisations, unions and Freedom from Torture (who also won this year’s Campaign of the Year) is a reminder of what “people power” can achieve.

Charity campaigning is critical amidst government chaos It seems only right that those working with the communities most impacted by the cost-of-living crisis, and Westminster instability, should be able to stand up and speak.

Facilitating Social Change, Seven Questions that Keep Us Awake Back in 2015, but perennially relevant, Doug Reeler wrote about facilitating social change and explored seven questions that guide their work.

Larger Us’s books of the year 2022 Larger Us asked some of their favourite pathfinders on psychology and politics what they’ve most enjoyed reading this year.

The Campaign Tactics Generator Successful campaigns need a good strategy and creative ideas for tactics. This idea generator can help you spark new ideas or reshape old ones.

Last, but not least, we’d like to invite you to be part of inspiring hope and celebration by nominating a campaign or change-maker for the SMK National Campaigner Awards 2023 over the holidays.

See you in 2023!

Rummena Begum

Rummena Begum is SMK's Digital Marketing and Projects Officer



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