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Campaigners – Join Our Action Learning Process

Through case studies and coming together in community, a growing number of campaigners are exploring how to use a values approach in their work.

As part of that, we have put together an action learning process, which will take campaigners through a five month learning and innovation process.

Who is this for: Campaigners from UK-based medium/large NGOs who interact with the public and/or partner organisations. Each campaigner will need a colleague from their organisation to take part in the process – so that we have 20 campaigners from 10 NGOs. You’ll need to be willing to try new things inside your organisation and to take some risks. If you feel stuck in your work but believe in what’s possible – then this is for you.

When is it happening: Full days on 23rd February, 9-11th March, 12th April, 10th May, 14th June, 12th July. We’ll happily approach your NGO leadership with you to negotiate time to take part.

What is the cost: None, though we will be asking you to host trainings at your organisation (if there is room).

How many hours per week does it need: 2-4 hours a week for reading, sharing insights with your learning partner, and documenting the process.

Download the pdf with full details and details here.

If you'd like to take part or have any questions - please contact me (Casper ter Kuile).


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December 20, 2011No Comments

Learning together at the Bank of Ideas

"It feels like there's a locked door for which I don't have the key, but this might be the map to help me find it."

Since the publication of Common Cause, campaigners like me have been asking themselves, ‘what does this mean for us and our work?’.

Last week, eighteen campaigners got together at the Bank of Ideas to share stories of learning, build a community, and start to think about what we'd like to be doing differently to align our campaigning with a values-based approach.

Campaigners sharing stories of learning

What did we learn?

  • NGOs have an enormous role to play in supporting and legitimising movements that emerge - and cannot be orchestrated by NGOs.
  • Looking back at how we each got involved in social change work helps us think about how we invite other people in. A focus on personal relationships, meaningful actions, and personal growth keeps us engaged and will encourage others to join.
  • The current economic and environmental crises are opening space for us to talk about values and what kind of world we want to see.
  • We can learn more from each other when we're able to be honest about what isn't working.

Questions that we raised

  • How can NGOs start collaborating instead of competing?
  • How are movements like Occupy shaping our values? (The BBC have asked the same question!)
  • Is it possible to lobby and work from a values-approach?

Thanks to everyone who came - Samantha, Gavin, James, Nic, Matt, Farida, Coralie, Sanda, Laurence, James, Mareme, Guppi, Clifford, Roy, Anna, Katrien, Nicolas and Paul.

We’d love to have you join us - we're meeting again at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th January.

October 19, 2011No Comments

Finding Common Cause

In Common Cause workshops, I often talk about the various lens we each use to view the world. As communicators or campaigners we may already have a well-focused 'power' lens. We're good at asking: "Who makes the decisions?", "Who influences who?", "Where is the political leverage?" or "Where does the money lead?". In addition, we might also have a 'technical' lens. For climate campaigners they might see the word through emissions, sources and flows, and options for reducing those emissions. For others it will be a whole other set of technologies or metrics.

There's obviously also a 'social' lens. How people work, why they do what they do and think what they think. This lens relates crucially to the various theories of change (to use the fashionable term). Common Cause doesn't offer a set of prescribed steps to communicating or campaigning. Rather, it helps us sharpen the focus on our social lens, which to date has been quite shallow and blurred, mainly focusing on attitudes and behaviours.

In focusing the 'social' lens, we're not advocating that people jetison the other lenses. We're simply arguing that they should be augmented by the 'social' one, with values at its core.

We're often asked to run workshops on Common Cause, to help people pick up and use the 'social' lens. We've run literally dozens of these for different organisations and networks over the last six months. Our capacity is stretched - but, thankfully, people are increasingly asking us to provide support for them in running these workshops themselves - in taking this material and articulating it in ways that are of importance to their organisations and networks.

So we've decided to run a short (2-day) residential course next year, with the aim of equipping anyone with a familiarity with Common Cause, and basic facilitation skills, to take this work to their networks: to help others pick up, and begin to work with, the 'social' lens. You can apply for a place on this course here.

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