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booksSMK Reports

How change happens

Navigating charity campaigning: a brief guide for trustees

Support your charity to campaign with confidence, within the law, and within regulatory requirements. This short guide is built around five key questions to help you do just that.

How change happens

Defending our Democratic Space 

This report documents the problem, asks why it is happening, and shares strategies we can use to counter the threats.

Rules for Revolutionaries

Speak up, we need you!

Why are charity CEOs relatively under-represented in the national conversation? This report offers perspectives, raises questions, and offers challenges to charity leaders.

We don’t do politics, we give people a voice

Research by NFP Research (foreword by SMK) demonstrates how people are clearly willing to support charities campaigning if they get the right information in the right way.

Rules for Radicals

General Election 2024: Charity Campaigning

What can charities say or do in the run-up to the election? Does the so-called ‘Lobbying Act’ apply to you? How involved does your board need to be? Bates Wells and SMK help guide you through it all.

How change happens

The Social Power Report 

How civil society can unleash ‘Social Power’ by being bolder and braver, and new tools to help you think differently.

Rules for Radicals

The Chilling Reality Report

Is the Lobbying Act affecting civil society’s ability to campaign? The evidence says ‘yes’.

How organizations develop activists

It’s all about power

The Power Project calls for a new way of thinking about power, and action to build solidarity in social change. This is a guide to thinking differently about power for solidarity in social change.

booksBooks

How change happens
How change happens 

Duncan Green. How Change Happens helps us to understand the events, individuals & systems that have changed the world.

Rules for Revolutionaries

Rules for Revolutionaries

Bond and Exley. Lessons from the groundbreaking grassroots campaign that helped launch a new political revolution.

How organizations develop activists

How Organisations Develop Activists

Hanrie Han. An in-depth look at the models and strategies civic associations use for engaging activists in the Internet Age.

Rules for Radicals

Rules for Radicals

Saul Alinsky. The bible for change-makers. Written in the 1970’s as an organiser’s manual. Still a great read today.

How to Win Campaigns

How to Win Campaigns

Chris Rose. A practical guide for creating and running successful campaigns

Lobbying for Change

Lobbying for Change

Alberto Alemanno. By using our skills and talents and mobilizing others, we can bring about social and political change.

How to Risist

How To Resist

Matthew Bolton. This book offers encouragement to would-be activists everywhere to get involved and offers seven practical principles that can help people effect change.

How To Be A Craftivist

How To Be A Craftivist

Sarah Corbett. How to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest.

Engagement Organizing

Engagement Organizing

Matt Price. This book is written for grassroots organizers, NGOs, civil society organizations, unions, political parties, and anyone seeking to mobilize people politically.

Now We Have Your Attention

Now We Have Your Attention

Seven stories of seven communities and the campaigns and political upheavals they were grappling with before the pandemic.

No Shortcuts

No Shortcuts

Jane F. McAlevey. Organising for power in the new gilded age.

Parkland

Parkland

Dave Cullen (the story of #MarchforOurLives)

Me and White Supremacy

Me and White Supremacy

Layla F Saad. How to recognise your privilege, combat racism and change the world.

New Power

New Power

Henry Timms & Jeremy Heimans

Be the Change

Be the Change

Gina Martin; 

Be More Pirate

Be More Pirate

Sam Conniff Allende.

Me and White Supremacy

The UK Race Class Narrative Report

Building solidarity across race and class to win progressive change and inolculate against the powerful few that seek to divide us.

Me and White Supremacy

Why Civil Resistance Works

Successful nonviolent resistance ushers in more durable and internally peaceful democracies, which are less likely to regress into civil war

Me and White Supremacy

Civil Resistance

Explores what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance.

Me and White Supremacy

The Purpose of Power

An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time.

Me and White Supremacy

Dream

‘Dream’ makes the case for a progressive political strategy that embraces a new set of tools. 

Me and White Supremacy

A Gift of Love

A Gift of Love illustrates King’s vision of love and peaceful action as social and political forces for change.

Me and White Supremacy

The Future We Choose

A passionate call to arms from former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement.

Me and White Supremacy

Protest Public Relations

Using a range of examples, this book explores the changing nature of protest and its relationship with PR and provides an analysis of the communication strategies and tactics of social movements and activist groups and their campaigns. 

Me and White Supremacy

In Defense of Troublemakers

An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not feared. Psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle is completely wrong.

Me and White Supremacy

The Gift of Anger

Discover ten vital and extraordinary life lessons from one of the most important and influential philosophers and peace activists of the twentieth century—Mahatma Gandhi.

Me and White Supremacy

Public Relations, Activism, and Social Change

This book draws significant new meaning to the inter-relationships of public relations and social change through a number of activist case studies

Me and White Supremacy

Hope In The Dark

Your opponents would love you to believe that it’s hopeless, that you have no power, that there’s no reason to act, that you can’t win. Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away.

Me and White Supremacy

How To Win Campaigns

How to Win Campaigns is a practical guide for creating and running successful campaigns.

Me and White Supremacy

The Routledge Companion to Media and Activism

Offers a reliable and informed guide to understanding how media and activism influence one another.

Me and White Supremacy

Beautiful Trouble

Brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best practices into a toolbox for creative action. 

Me and White Supremacy

Beautiful Rising

Showcases some of the most innovative tactics used in struggles against autocracy and austerity across the Global South. 

Me and White Supremacy

How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Andreas Malm makes an impassioned call for the climate movement to escalate its tactics in the face of ecological collapse.

Me and White Supremacy

Do Good, Get Paid

Natalie Fée shares experience of setting up and running City to Sea. And provides practical, easy-to-follow advice you need to develop and fund an impactful campaign or fulfilling career

booksOther reports

Me and White Supremacy

Civil Society Unleashed

The Law Family Commission on Civil Society looks into how we can unleash the potential of civil society, to harness and enhance the powerful community bonds that exist in our nation.

New Power

Counter Culture

Our political and media debate is increasingly dominated by talk of culture wars. How should progressives navigate their way through these wars?

Be the Change

Small charities and social change

Explore the role and contribution of small charities in more depth.

Be More Pirate

A guide to campaign planning

To ensure that all government communications are effective, efficient and evaluated.

Me and White Supremacy

Charity campaigning: where next?

Shares lesson learnt from campaigners and social media experts about finding the right message, campaigning on social media, utilising the media and campaigning collaboratively.

New Power

Civil Action

The Commission’s aim is to achieve both concrete change and a broader shift in attitudes about civil society – all with a view to removing the constraints that hold the sector back and promoting the approaches that help to push it forward.

Be the Change

MAKING CHANGE: WHAT WORKS?

IPPR and the Runnymede Trust have sought to understand what we can learn from movements that have made change – as well as those who have fallen short – for our efforts to create change today.

Be More Pirate

The Value of People Power

This report includes an economic analysis of the value of people power and explores how public services can better value the contribution of citizens.

Me and White Supremacy

STATE OF CIVIL SOCIETY REPORT

This report draws on the voices of civil society around the world.

Me and White Supremacy

Building a Bigger We

Sets out the change a Better Way wants to see and includes 36 remarkable essays written by network members.

Me and White Supremacy

The Uncertainty Handbook

A great resource for anyone struggling to communicate accurately, but persuasively, about climate change. There are some great lessons that can be applied to any issue.

Me and White Supremacy

Navigating Uncertainty in an Exhausted Europe

A 6-country comparative study on the impacts of COVID on trust, climate action, social cohesion, and our uncertain future.

podcastsPodcasts

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Advocacy Iceberg podcast
Words to win by podcast
Change Makers Podcast
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websitesWebsites

Good practice

Campaigning Strategy website: Information to help you think strategically about your campaign. 

ActBuildChange – full of books that might change lives reading lists especially ’10 books every community organiser needs in their toolkit’ 

Reports and papers

Good Guide to Campaigning and Influencing: The Good Guide to Campaigning and Influencing is a guide to effective campaigning, NCVO 

Stop Raising Awareness Already – Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Too many organizations concentrate on raising awareness about anissuewithoutknowing how to translate that awareness into action, by getting people to change their behavior or act on their beliefs. 

New Philanthropy Capital: Theory of Change: A theory of change is a tool that sets out a clear path from your day-to-day activities to the outcomes you achieve to the change you want to create. 

New Philanthropy Capital: Measuring the effectiveness of your campaign: A short guide highlighting a number of evaluation resources and techniques to help you evaluate your campaign through a series of simple steps. 

Government guidance

Charity Commission – Speaking Out – Guidance on Campaigning and Political Activity by Charities: Charity Commission’s guidance on rights and restrictions of charities to undertake campaigning. 

Electoral Commission: Guidance for campaigners: Detailed guidance from the Electoral Commission on campaigning in the run up to elections and referendums 

Funding sources

Grant finder: Details of more than 8,000 funding opportunities, including grants, loans and awards from local, regional and national UK government, European funding, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors. 

Funding Central: Government funded website with information on grants from the European Union, UK Government, the Lottery and Grant Making Trusts. 

Comment and analysis

Seven things we’ve learnt about social change in 2021 (and what it means for 2022) by Kirsty McNeill, Dec, 2021

https://medium.com/@kirstyjmcneill/seven-things-weve-learnt-about-social-change-in-2021-and-what-it-means-for-2022-66f4a2e8294

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