Having previously been a civil society advocate and campaigner, I often wondered what the most successful tactics were to influence policymakers. I then took up a job in the civil service in environmental policy, and for the past few years I had the opportunity to see what civil society advocacy looks like from the ‘other side’ – in government.
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The scale and ubiquity of mass and social media have boomed over the past 30 years. We can connect with like-minded people on the other side of the planet, share our personal stories with millions and break a global news story from our phones. Yet civil society hasn’t really cracked a way in which to pursue social change in this arena.
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At a recent forum of civil society and business, Matthew Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, told charities “I want to see civil society recover its confidence to speak into our public life, you have the right to campaign, to persuade the public, and to press for change in the systems which affect the life of this country.”
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Mary loved art, but at 82 she hadn’t picked up a paintbrush for decades. Then she was invited to a painting session with artists in her care home. A few months later, she sifted through dozens of paintings that she had made – beautiful, dramatic pieces. Painting had invigorated her; it made her reconnect with her passion and with herself. Art gave Mary a new lease of life.
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Whether you love it, hate it or simply don’t get it, the Lobbying Act is the ghost at the feast. For some it has been unwelcome, even scary. Others like its greater transparency. Many find it nebulous and hard to pin down. (OK, you’ve now stretched that metaphor to its limit – Ed)
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We discussed the role of young people in social change at the latest Social Change Project event. Despite the snowy weather, we were energised by the debate with young people and those who work with them. Here are my five reasons to be cheerful, inspired by our conversations:
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In my last column I wrote about Oxfam being described by a former charity minister as a ‘front group for Corbynistas’ and what seemed to me to be a deliberate and dangerous obfuscation of the difference between being ‘political’ and ‘partisan’.
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