Campaigning

The Story of How I Got My Vagina

Ugla Stefanía (Owl) | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ugla Stefanía (Owl)

As expected after big surgeries, there are a lot of bandages. My bandages were more in the form of some weird-ass celibacy plaster cast that I could literally knock on. Eventually they had to come off though, which was as horrifying as you might imagine. When they took them off I also realized that they had been SEWN to me in two places.

Women - We Need to Connect to Make Changes

Laura Coryton | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS THING WORK. Get involved, change the world, and kick some ass. Even if just for ten minutes from your sofa. Hot chocolate and a laptop can be very powerful weapons...

Stick Figures - The Danger of Playing the Numbers Game With Trees

Matt Daw | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Matt Daw

What's the difference between a tree and a tree? Potentially a lot. Let me illustrate. Meet Greta*. Greta is a Beech tree nestled in a patch of woodl...

So Facebook Where Is My Emoji?

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Rosemary Frazer

Emoji have exploded in popularity in recent years, with their widespread use spanning across different generations and offer anything from creme caramel to camels to help you sum up how you are feeling - they even have two types of camel in their mood tracking library.

The Women You Should Have Heard of Quietly Creating Change in Russia

Dmitry Savelau | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Dmitry Savelau

Maybe women on Change.org in Russia do not yet run campaigns for women's rights issues as we define them internationally, but they are already doing something amazing: by mobilising themselves to effectively tackle issues important to them they are redefining their role and influence in society. And today we are very excited to celebrate them and their success.

Disabled People Have a Lot Still to Fight for - 20 Years Since the Disability Discrimination Act

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Rosemary Frazer

My hope on this 20th anniversary is that people will work with us, so that the in the next 20 years we make even greater progress in the equality of disabled people.

Tipping the Balance - How Consumer Action Creates Conditions for Governments to Change

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade campaigners in London © Matt Alexander I had just read Michael Hobbes article on the futility of ethical consumerism to end sweatshops. Hi...

I Just Found a Small Bit of Popcorn in my Daughter's Bum Cleavage #popcornbum

Jill Finch | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jill Finch

It was rediscovered by my husband, ahem, and then quickly forgotten again until daughter was born. Whilst poring over every gorgeous inch of her lovely marshmallowy-soft baby body, we discovered she had inherited a money pocket.

Data Is a God-Like Power - And Our Political Parties Are Taking Note

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

Using all this data brings a myriad of implications, not least the increasing atomisation of voters by political parties. We have already briefly explored this. What I didn't mention was how Obama's operation would send door knockers to specific doors as the data they gathered told them how many people in a given street they needed to convince.

Why the Third Sector Must Be Political

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

Most of us could get more money and have more resources at our disposal in the private sector or even in the public sector. We do what we do because we identify with those for whom we advocate and are disgusted at the injustices they face. Surely we are doing a profound disservice to them if we choose to remain silent rather than joining with them in calling for changes that will improve their lives.

Labour Leadership Grassroots Campaign

Rebecca Barnes | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Barnes

We've had war-mongering Blair, pro banker Brown and fair but bland Miliband, Labour members deserve better. We need a party to be proud of. Jeremy is popular and will gain votes. As leader he'd re-claim our roots and rekindle Socialist values; values that are as important today, with inequality endemic, as they ever have been.

Lynton Crosby's Ten Rules for a Successful Campaign

Gareth Price | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gareth Price

Whatever your political affiliation, there's no denying the Conservative Party surpassed all expectations in securing a majority, and they owed a big part of that success to one man: Lynton Crosby.

General Election 2015 - As Seen by the Candidates

Mark Oaten | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Oaten

There are two weeks to go to the General Election and the pain is really starting to kick in. You're counting down the days and adding up the calories as you binge on Mars Bars to keep the energy levels going. You can hardly face another voter and simple tasks like getting in and out of the car result in aches and pains like never before. It's just not fun anymore.

The Web Is Bringing People Into Politics - But Are Politicians Keeping Up?

Brie Rogers Lowery | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Tech
Brie Rogers Lowery

A revolution in technology over the past decade has shaken up business models underpinning everything from how we share and consume news and ideas, to how we shop or find a date. We live in an on-demand world, and as we enter the final weeks of the 2015 election, we're seeing how democracy is also being reshaped by the web.

Party Politics: Just Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

David Mooney | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

We've hit the part of the General Election campaign that really starts to get on my nerves. The funny thing is, I genuinely think this vote could be one of the most interesting in the UK's history, given how disillusionment with large swathes of the political spectrum has resulted in no one party looking capable of gaining an overall majority...

Young People Speak Up, Adults Do (Sometimes) Listen

Alexandra Heal | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Heal

I have just turned 21. Forget the felicitations; all I see ahead is boring adulthood and inevitably losing my ideals as I start to pay tax. But I don't want to talk about adult cynicism. I want to talk about youthful optimism.

What a Second Kitchen Really Means

Steve Doran | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

It's annoying when that sort of thinking applies to people. The fact that something as complex as a human being can be boiled down to their accent or their football team is a shame. But the deeper problem is that it happens to issues, too.

These Are the Hidden Heroes of the Election

Serena Cowdy | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

All over the UK, right now, there are doorstep campaigners who are fighting for something they believe in through reasoned, peaceful, democratic argument. That is a valuable thing, and perhaps we need it more than ever.

Silent Heroes

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Keeping up appearances is an important coping mechanism for many living with Parkinson's, who fully understand that were they to drop this necessary façade of sorts, the distressing picture would likely send family and friends running in the opposite direction.

Why I #DoDemocracy

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

Campaigning has become daily routine for me. I now know that no matter what my job is and where I am in the world it'll always be something I'm proud to be involved in and that motivates me.

Sea Changers - Can Literature Change the World?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

On a cold November night I fought my way through the twisting lanes of Brighton to the Fisherman's Vestry, part of the beautiful St Paul's Church, to take part in an intimate literary event which aimed to explore the connections between creative writing and campaigning.

Join Us in Celebrating Childrens' Achievements

Javed Khan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

Last week we launched our 'Support the Unsupported' campaign to raise awareness and gather support for the most vulnerable children who don't get the emotional support they need from a loving family. We want to get people talking about their plight and the work Barnardo's does to support them.

Can Disabled People Work Together?

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

With the next election less than 12 months away, this generation of disabled people have an opportunity to move forward and work together to make a positive difference for the benefit of the next generation, and I for one will do my part to make this happen.

Farewell to Flying 15-Minute Care Visits

Clare Pelham | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

We will keep fighting to end the scandal of 15-minute care visits. Today's announcement is only a step along the way, but it's a big one. When the government releases its guidance on 15-minute visits later this month, we really hope that will be another big step towards fair care for everyone.

Old School Campaigning Wont Stop Extreme Weather

Richard Wilson | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Richard Wilson

The social sector's moral authority was once its greatest strength. Now I believe it has become one of its greatest weaknesses. The belligerence that comes from self-righteousness may have got us to the top table in business and government. But now it is what stops us building the new creative relationships and ideas that can embed the systems change we need.