38 Degrees

The Internet: Fine for Shopping, Not Allowed for Important Stuff

John Coventry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Coventry

There was an in-depth look at global campaigning movement Avaaz in Sunday's Observer. Its founder, Ricken Patel, was interviewed about how it builds movements online to secure change. It was a generally fascinating piece, but the headline was bothersome to me...

Campaigning Has Gone Mainstream

Katie White | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katie White

Are you persuasive and stubborn? Do you care about things? That's probably most of us, at times. Well then, you could be a campaigner. In the UK - and it appears across the world - campaigning has gone mainstream.

The Death of Communication *Insert Sad Emoticon Here*

Matthew Phillips | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Tech
Matthew Phillips

It is modern life's great irony that, in a world that is better connected than ever before, we have become more incapable of that central pillar of communication: conversation.

The Grillo Threat: Why We Should All Worry About 'Liberal Populism'

William Brett | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
William Brett

While there are good reasons for liberal populists to be disillusioned, the solution is not to abandon representative democracy but to reinforce it. The liberal populism of Grillo and his ilk must be confronted before it's too late.

Clicktivism: A Model For 21st Century Activism?

Cerian Jenkins | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Cerian Jenkins

A war is being fought. Its battlefields are the pages of social networking sites across the globe, and its soldiers are armed with placards and computer cursors. This is the battle of traditional activism versus clicktivism

A Branson Pickle - Can Online Petitions Shape Democracy?

John Coventry | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Politics
John Coventry

Signing a petition is not a silver bullet for challenging those in power. But building movements of people is certainly a huge part of it. And what's even more important at a time when people are almost entirely sceptical of politics and politicians, is that it's putting power in the hands of the people - and that's what real change is all about.

Chris Wimpress

An Tory 'Antidote' To 38 Degrees?

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Wimpress | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Politics

It's fair to say that the relationship between the online campaigning organisation 38 Degrees and Tory MPs is not great at the moment. For those not ...

NHS Reform Bill: 100,000 Sign Petition Triggering Possible Commons Debate

PA | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK Politics

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition urging the government to abandon the Health and Social Care Bill. In the latest sign of pub...

Mass Switchover Campaign Launched To Force Down Energy Prices

PA | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK

A consumer organisation is launching a new campaign to get more energy customers to switch to cheaper tariffs by enabling them to group together in nu...

Michael Rundle

Half Of Energy Used By UK Business 'Wasted When Employees Aren't Working', Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK

Almost half of the energy used by British business is wasted when employees aren't at work, a report has claimed. British Gas said that 46% of the ...

Welfare Reform Bill's Assault on Disabled People - Why I Protested This Weekend

Lisa Egan | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lisa Egan

On Saturday afternoon I, along with a couple of hundred other people, spent two hours sitting in the middle of the road at Oxford Circus. Why? To draw attention to the cruelty of the government's assault on disabled people in the Welfare Reform Bill, which finishes its journey through parliament this coming week.

38 Degrees Members are Not 'Zombie Like'

David Babbs | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Politics
David Babbs

38 Degrees members believe that contacting our MPs and telling them what we think is what living in a democracy is all about. It's not only for certain sorts of people, from one or other end of the political spectrum. It's for all of us.

Finally, a Chance to put Lansley's NHS Plan Under the Microscope?

David Babbs | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK Politics
David Babbs

This afternoon, the House of Lords votes on whether to allow the Health and Social Care Bill to continue its passage into law. Whatever happens, it is very unlikely that this vote will mark the end of the campaign to protect the NHS.

MPs Brace For Email Onslaught As Activists Target NHS Bill

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK Politics

MPs are bracing for another onslaught of emails as online activist group 38 degrees launches its latest campaign, this time targeting the government's...

Michael Rundle

Online Activists Welcome E-Petitions As Launch Sparks Death Penalty Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK Politics

The launch of the government's new "e-Petitions" website, which from Thursday allows the public to collect signatures online on issues they care about...

Rupert Murdoch Has Made Me Feel Optimistic

David Babbs | Posted 13.09.2011 | UK Politics
David Babbs

It feels like the public is finding its voice during this crisis. We've responded differently to how we did during the banking crisis or the MP expenses scandal. The mood has somehow felt different. There has been less resignation, less hopeless cynicism, and more appetite for action.

Michael Rundle

Online Activism Comes Of Age In UK

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.09.2011 | UK Politics

On June 30 2011 activists held a protest outside the Department of Culture Media and Sport against the takeover of BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch's News ...