Defending our Democratic Space
This report documents the problem, asks why it is happening, and shares strategies we can use to counter the threats.
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.
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.
The Social Power Report
How civil society can unleash ‘Social Power’ by being bolder and braver, and new tools to help you think differently.
The Chilling Reality Report
Is the Lobbying Act affecting civil society’s ability to campaign? The evidence says ‘yes’.
Duncan Green. How Change Happens helps us to understand the events, individuals & systems that have changed the world.
Rules for Revolutionaries
Bond and Exley. Lessons from the groundbreaking grassroots campaign that helped launch a new political revolution.
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.
Lobbying for Change
Alberto Alemanno. By using our skills and talents and mobilizing others, we can bring about social and political change.
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.
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
Seven stories of seven communities and the campaigns and political upheavals they were grappling with before the pandemic.
Me and White Supremacy
Layla F Saad. How to recognise your privilege, combat racism and change the world.
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.
Why Civil Resistance Works
Successful nonviolent resistance ushers in more durable and internally peaceful democracies, which are less likely to regress into civil war
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.
A Gift of Love
A Gift of Love illustrates King’s vision of love and peaceful action as social and political forces for change.
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.
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.
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.
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
How To Win Campaigns
How to Win Campaigns is a practical guide for creating and running successful campaigns.
The Routledge Companion to Media and Activism
Offers a reliable and informed guide to understanding how media and activism influence one another.
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.
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.
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
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.
Our political and media debate is increasingly dominated by talk of culture wars. How should progressives navigate their way through these wars?
Small charities and social change
Explore the role and contribution of small charities in more depth.
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.
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.
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.
Building a Bigger We
Sets out the change a Better Way wants to see and includes 36 remarkable essays written by network members.
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.
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.
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
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