Ask a random person in the street what they think campaigning is and they might point to the recent Youth Strike for Climate. Or perhaps they might talk about some of the bigger charity campaigns on child poverty, housing or health.
The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) think tank has received an official warning from the Charity Commission following the publication and launch of its report “PLAN A+: Creating a prosperous post-Brexit UK”.
During our research for the Social Change Project people told us again and again that they wanted more opportunities to get together with other change-makers to explore how change happens. The Change Network was born and our first ever event was held on 15 November 2018.
The relationship between government and civil society has not been good for some years. We have been through fair amounts of conflict and betrayal, and neither party is entirely blameless. Reconciliation is desperately needed, so can we find a way forward? The new Civil Society Strategy seems like a well-timed intervention.
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