Social Power in Practice

The Social Power Report: how are you using it?

We’re keeping track of how campaigners and change-makers are using the Social Power report. We’d love to know if you’ve used any of the tools or findings in your own work. Please drop us a line. 

The Campaign to End Loneliness, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), the Scottish Poverty Alliance and the Baring Foundation have all used the tools in their work. We shared our findings at a Compass debate on 21st Century Power, the NPC Ignites conference, the Partnership for Young London Policy Forum and the Happy Cities Economics of Happiness Conference. 

The Social Change Grid has been used by: 

Campaigners to map their activity and ask whether they need to expand into different quadrants (or connect to others operating there) 

Senior management teams to map organisational activity and consider whether they need to extend out into other quadrants 

Funders to map their grants and consider if they are too focused in particular quadrants 

Researchers to guide interviews with change-makers 

Advocates to support funding for lobbying, service provision and behaviour-change 

Thought leaders to explore and map the activity of whole sectors 

Coalitions to map where members’ activity takes place, and to ask whether they need to collaborate with others in under-represented quadrants 

Social entrepreneurs to understand how their solution fits into the wider change eco-system

Senior management teams have also used the12 Habits of Successful Change-Makers to challenge their individual and organisational behaviour. 


Our latest podcast on the Irish abortion referendum, features Deidre Duffy, Dr Claire Brophy and Rachel Lavin sharing their experiences of the story of a referendum that united a nation, after decades of discord on women’s rights.


Our first report urges civil society to unleash its ‘Social Power’ by being bolder and braver. It includes findings from conversations with our 400-strong Community of Practice, and tools to help you think about your own work.

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