Campaigning

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

Brie Rogers Lowery | Posted 20.04.2015 | 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 15.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 15.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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.

Do Disability Charities Really Help Anyone?

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Disabled people are no longer dependent on the charities, who could now be seen as the Black slave traders of our time. The services they run are now mostly funded by government and are undesirable relics of the past.

Can National Voter Registration Day Spark a Revitalisation of Politics

Alvin Carpio | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alvin Carpio

Don't let politics die. Let this be the generation that recognises the value of politics as a change maker. Today marks one spark in what must be the revitalisation of politics. The health of our democracy depends on it.

Lobbying Bill Is a Pernicious Attack on Our Freedoms

Melanie Ward | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

The Bill would massively restrict the amount that campaigning charities and other UK community groups could spend in the year before an election whilst silencing us with unnecessary red tape. And if you're wondering why US-style funding systems don't yet exist in the UK, it's because they're already illegal.

Why Exempting Charities From the Lobbying Bill Is the Only Option

John Low | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Low

If the Lobbying Bill comes into effect without an exemption for charities, we believe the UK will damage its reputation for advancing civic freedoms and undermine the nation's "soft power" as a consequence. We have long been admired globally for our enabling environment for civil society organisations, but this Bill would see us following regressive international trends in the relationship between governments and civil society.

My Top Campaigns of 2013

Nadeem Javaid | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Nadeem Javaid

2013 has been a great year for activism. Throughout the world people power has been rising up and inspiring change; from mass protests in Brazil to challenge rising bus fares, to a little old mosque in York which challenged perceptions by serving tea and custard creams to members of the EDL...

Falling on Deaf Ears

Elaine Benton | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I'm not sure how I've kept running at such a pace, being an advocate for both Gaucher disease and Parkinson's and it's hardly surprising my batteries are on an all time low. I am driven with unstoppable passion and commitment.

Campaigning Is the Modern Tear Jerker

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Campaigning is a way of charities to claim authority over an issue, and be a voice for a section of society, controlling their political contribution, often without the involvement of those they purport to represent, simply to be a 'tear jerker'.

The Barriers to Disabled People's Happiness

Simon Stevens | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I truly enjoy having cerebral palsy, and I know I am not alone, but there are so many people who are not happy with being impaired because they have not reached the acceptance stage of the grieving process.

The Democratic Threat Posed By the Transparency of Lobbying Bill - Design or Default?

Linda Butcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Linda Butcher

In recent weeks many have set out clearly and convincingly why the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is receiving its second reading today, is nothing short of a direct threat to the voice of civil society, freedom of speech, and the fundamentals of democracy.

Charities Should Not Be Gagged - Government Should Withdraw Its Gagging Bill

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

It is clear to me that charities and other campaign organisations will be muzzled by the current draft of the Government's 'Transparency of Lobbying, non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill'.

Calling All Online Animal Lovers

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

The DEFRA (government's) response we received after collecting 10,000 signatures was so weak, pathetic, spineless, and utterly predictable it didn't even deserve a reply, so basically we need to find another 52,000 animal loving signatures in just 4.5 weeks.

Not Going to Take It Sitting Down

Mik Scarlet | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

I am afraid that I have to tell you all that it's a difficult time to be disabled in the UK right now. Whatever the pros and cons of the current benefit reforms might be, the wildly contradicting reports and views from the media mean that those people who are personally effected by the changes are under a considerable amount of stress and worry about what the future might hold.

The Power of the Little Big Thing

John Coventry | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Coventry

On average, two campaigns a week win on Change.org in the UK - most of them powered by incredible stories of how big, structural issues impact on peoples daily lives. What they have in common is that one person wanted to change something so much that they told their story and built a movement around it. In doing so they shifted how power works: from the top down to the bottom up and have often sparked a much wider debate on the bigger issue around their campaign.