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Deepen your knowledge about change

Keen to take your learning even further? Here are resources we think are well worth a read or listen for those new to social change and those looking for something new.

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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

Jack Shenker. A reminder that Covid-19 was only a spotlight on and catalyst of existing and multiple crises across many UK communities. 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.

booksReports

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

Advocacy Iceberg podcast
Words to win by podcast
Change Makers Podcast
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Radical Science Podcast image
Origin Story Podcast image

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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