Social Power Podcast

Our latest Social Power podcasts feature live recordings from our Change Network events. We bring people together to explore instances of change. How did it feel? What did it look like? What can we learn?



Women’s sport has seen a radical transformation in recent decades. In the early 1980s there were no professional women in any team sport. This summer, millions watched the women’s football world cup in France, and the Lionesses sold out Wembley for the first time. How have we achieved such significant cultural change, how can we continue to close the gap, and what can other campaigners learn from this example?

In this episode of Social Power we hear from Ebony Rainford-Brent, a world cup winning English cricketer and broadcaster for the BBC; Kelly Simmons, the FA’s Director of Women’s Professional Game; and Sally Hancock, managing partner of Y sport and former chair of the charity Women in Sport.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) say we are in a climate emergency, and that the authorities have failed to respond adequately. Founded only in 2018, it is now a global mass movement. So what role does XR play in the wider environmental movement? Despite being a mass movement, is XR really inclusive? And what can other change makers learn from how quickly XR has shifted the dial?

In this special edition of Social Power, recorded right in the midst of the ‘October Uprising,’ we speak to protesters blocking roads in central London, and discuss the movement with Chloe Coradetti from XR, Rashid Nix, a community activist and member of the Green Party, and Alasdair Roxborough from Friends of the Earth.

This podcast from our special extended Change Network features Deidre Duffy, Dr Claire Brophy and Rachel Lavin to share their experiences of the story of a referendum that united a nation, after decades of discord on women’s rights.

This podcast from our third Change Network features Ellen Gibson, the UK Divestment Network Coordinator with 350.org, Sakina Sheikh, a local councillor and divestment campaigner with Platform and Chris Garrard, a composer and Co-Director of Culture Unstained.

This podcast from our second Change Network features Dwayne Clark, who was involved in the project, John Pierce a local Councillor in the Joiner’s Arms’ neighbourhood and Liam Barrington-Bush, a community organiser.

This podcast is from our first Change Network event and features Peter Tatchell who coordinated the Equal Love campaign, Benjamin Cohen of Pink News and Lib Dem peer Liz Barker.

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