Training

We believe that anyone can be a force for change

At SMK, we believe anyone can be a force for change. Our training courses are designed to give people the knowledge, skills and confidence to effect change as well as build stronger teams and organisations.

As the UK and the world undergoes massive upheaval, now is the perfect time to refresh your analysis of the world around us and hone your campaigning skills. Most of our support is delivered on-line.

Our training is based on SMK’s unique analysis of how social change is happening today, and our popular proprietary tools that can help understand, map and plan for change. We encompass every campaign discipline and offer a library of case studies as well as access to our associates, themselves highly skilled and experienced campaigners.

We support individuals at all levels, from those just starting out, to seasoned campaign professionals. We work across civil society on a spectrum of social issues. We also bring experience of working with discrete audiences including young people; local communities; and people with first-hand experience of social issues.

Something for everyone with our three types of training

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Campaign Carousel™: Building the complete campaigner

Our Campaign Carousel™ is an exciting and flexible way for campaigners to hone their skills across a broad range of areas. This comprehensive package trains those at or near the start of their campaigning journey in a rounded set of campaigning skills and approaches.

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Open Training Programme

This programme will provide you with the basic building blocks of effective campaigning, as well as more specialist sessions that take a deep dive into specific skills and approaches.

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Commissioned Training

We work with teams, organisations and coalitions to offer training on a commissioned basis from a two-hour masterclass to a bespoke workshop or workshop series designed in partnership with you.

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3 new action learning sets starting in September 

At SMK, we know from listening to CEOs and other leaders in charities, that there are particular challenges in leading a campaigning charity whether focused entirely on campaigning or balancing this with service delivery. We also know from campaigns managers in charities that there are challenges in leading a campaigning workstream. 

This autumn we are partnering again with charity co-founder and action learning set facilitator Josephine Knowles to run a new series of sets for CEOs, for senior leaders, and for emerging leaders in campaigning organisations. This new series will build on SMK’s experience of running action learning sets at diverse levels since autumn 2023. 

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Changemakers’ Toolkit 

With the support of Wikimedia UK, SMK has launched an open access toolkit to empower people to campaign effectively. 

We know that campaigners, activists, and changemakers of all types are stepping up to address injustices, improve conditions in their communities, and draw attention to neglected issues. That’s why we’ve launched the Changemakers’ Toolkit, a free online training resource.

Read our joint blog here to find out more about this unique collaboration.

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Training blogs: a deeper dive into our training

Social Change Library

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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Social Power Podcast

Explore change with the people making it.
We bring together change-makers to discuss how it feels while change is happening, what drives success, and what lessons emerge.

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