Defending our Democratic Space
In 2022, we spoke to charities, organisations, grassroots campaigners, and people beyond civil society. We heard concerns about specific threats to democratic space. Yet, the bigger picture emerged as the greatest concern – we heard the overall problem is serious and growing, but is largely going unnoticed.
This report documents the problem, asks why it is happening, and shares strategies we can use to counter the threats.
SMK policy and research reports
The Chilling Reality Report
Is the Lobbying Act affecting civil society’s ability to campaign? The evidence says ‘yes’.
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 Power Project Report
The Power Project calls for a new way of thinking about power, and action to build solidarity in social change.
SMK Campaigner Survey results
Curious about Change?
The Change Network is a chance to explore change, expand your understanding, and connect with other change-makers.
Latest blogs and articles
With the next election on the horizon, it’s time to think about the distinctions emerging from this year’s party conferences. The 2023 gatherings of party loyalists, civil society, big business, and everyone in between are likely to be the last before the election,...
Joan Edwards, Director of Policy & Public Affairs at Wildlife Trusts, reflects on how they are building the ability of their organisation and their allies to speak boldly into the public debate. It’s hard to argue that the benefits of healthy, abundant wildlife...
Mariam Kemple Hardy of Oil Change International reflects on a vital priority for campaigners in the run up to the next general election. I’m going to start this blog with a health warning: everything that follows assumes two things. First, that we will have a new UK...