Sharing power to drive
transformational change

The Power Sharing Project asks: What would it look like if civil society was better at sharing power in pursuit of social change?

Social change happens most effectively when people with different strengths and experiences work together. If civil society wants to drive change, it needs to embrace greater and more equitable collaboration, especially with people most affected. The Power Sharing Project focuses on people tackling poverty and inequality in London – one of England’s most unequal cities.

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What are our plans for the Power Sharing Project?

SMK are hosting conversations to build a practical picture of what civil society better at sharing power in pursuit of change could look like. Our unique analysis of social change will help frame the debate. We aim to create an open, collaborative and diverse space, which will offer a learning experience for everyone involved. We’ll regularly publish and share what we are hearing and learning. Our community of practice is open to anyone interested in social change and civil society.

What are our plans?

Throughout the project we’ll publish and share what we are hearing and learning. We’ll work with the community of practice in a range of inclusive ways, including convening discussions, hosting roundtables, conducting interviews, reviewing literature, visiting and shadowing civil society groups and organisations.


Phase One
We’ll ask how resource and power affect people’s ability to drive social change, and identify some ‘burning issues’ that civil society at large can address. (Spring and Summer 2020)


Phase Two
Using insights from Phase One, we’ll ask ‘what does civil society at large need to do to make sure power is better shared?’ How can both ‘lived’ and ‘learned’ experience work meaningfully together to drive social change? What are the practical steps to get there? (From Summer 2020)


Phase Three
Based on learning from earlier phases, we’ll ask ‘how could this strengthen one particular social change goal (such as decent, affordable rented housing, or food poverty in London)?’ We’ll ask what all of Phase One and Phase Two learnings mean in practice in this deep dive enquiry. (From January 2021)

Who's involved?

Find out who’s already in the conversation.
We welcome anyone with an interest in social change and civil society, and we’ll share what we learn more widely.

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Resource Pinboard

A place to share interesting resources.
Find out what our community is reading, listening to and watching as it considers power, change and inequality.

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Power Sharing Project blogs and articles

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