Black Lives Matters Protest George Floyd graffiti

#BlackLivesMatter: as change-makers we all need to do the work

With protest and debate spreading around the world following the killing of George Floyd, there is recognition that campaigning organisations must make racial justice part of their own practice. Taking our lead from #CharitySoWhite, we reflect on how the change-making community (and SMK) can do that.

Infinity signs

To infinity and beyond… how limitless is Social Power?

 “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”. Alice Walker  In our work at SMK, we see that one of the reasons why people don’t access their social power to make change in the world is because they think they don’t have any. We think people have more power than they might realise. But power is complex.

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.