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Social Change Grid

Grids, love them or loathe them.

Me, personally, I love the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s Social Change Grid. It resonates with me as it made the complexities of working within a huge sector easier to navigate.

Black door opening to red room

Sharing power is a commitment not a whim

I begin this blog by asking myself a question: how well have I shared power in my social change career? The answer to the question is probably good, bad and indifferent. I could have pushed at the structures that repress power sharing more forcefully. I should have taken more risks in empowering those with less

someone reading a poem in a book

Caged Revolution, written and spoken by Jhanzab Khan

At SMK’s first ‘digital’ Change Network event ‘Children and Young People in Custody’ on 22 April we welcomed writer Jhanzab Khan from Leaders Unlocked, who gave a live recital of his poem Caged Revolution. It was moving and thought-provoking. Here he speaks about his background and experiences of prison.

Graffiti in a tunnel lets love our community

SMK’s role during the Coronavirus emergency: what do you need?

We don’t know how long the Covid-19 emergency will last. Charities, not-for-profits, community groups and mutual aid groups are now rightly focused on the immediate needs of the communities they serve, and on staying active so they can meet them. 

a road with flats and cars in the UK

Civil Society and Covid-19

“Neighbourhoods are the cells which keep society whole. We are threatened with infections, from outside and from within; our powers of resistance and eventual recovery depend largely on whether these neighbourhood cells are healthy or beginning to decay.”  Tony Gibson, Counterweight: the Neighbourhood Option (1984) This quote from nearly forty years ago is spookily apt.

Barnwood Trust

You already have this: unlocking confidence in an emerging social influencing team

Barnwood Trust is a Gloucestershire-based organisation championing disabled people and people with mental health challenges. They commissioned SMK to help develop their influencing programme. An initial workshop with the senior management team (SMT) allowed us to listen to Barnwood Trust’s influencing journey so far.  Social influencing was agreed as the best way achieve large-scale impact,