Civil Society

Poverty Needs a New Story

Barry Knight | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Barry Knight

Solutions to poverty have focussed on "doing to" the poor, rather than allowing them to do it for themselves or doing it with them. The poverty lobby needs to shift its mind-set from transactional policies that shift resources to transformational processes that shift power, and work together for a more inclusive model of change.

Allying With Civil Society To Fix The Repeal Bill

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

What is currently being proposed by the government could amount to a worrying transfer of unaccountable power to ministers. With so many sectors affected - from human rights, environment, consumer rights, workers' rights, and equality, all the way through to democracy, transparency, food, farming, education, and trade - there is both a need and appetite to collaborate on the bill.

How Is Russia Remembering The 1917 Revolution?

George Gilbert | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK
George Gilbert

Revolution necessitates talk of insurgency and transformation - this is not the most evident narrative with which state power should wish to engage. Yet elsewhere we can see lively discussion of the potentialities of history and possibilities for change that any discussion of 1917 should evoke. Not only in this year, but in those to come the impacts of the dual revolutions can give people much pause for thought - both in Russia and elsewhere.

Is Is Time For Trade Unions, Charities And The VCS To Find Common Cause?

John Tizard | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There could be strength in and to be gained exploring how to develop a shared and joint approach to shared challenges and issues including social injustice. Has the time come to explore? I think that it has.

Charities Should Seize The Opportunity Offered By The Parliamentary Arithmetic

John Tizard | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Let's hope that charities and others will act and not stand aside. I have confidence that there is an opportunity for social action at a local and national level on an unprecedented scale with the result that there will be change - and that this change will be for the better.

Memo To New Minister For Civil Society

John Tizard | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The Prime Minister has appointed John Glen as the new Minister for Civil Society. This a very important role though it has not always had the recognition nor political clout it should have. One hopes that this will change under Mr. Glen's tenure.

A New Civil Society

Dan Corry | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Brexit is now in full swing and the ups and downs of negotiations will likely dominate thinking and media coverage for the next few years. Not an uplifting thought - unless you love mind-numbing detail combined with overweening rhetoric.

Charities Should Pick Up The House Of Lords' Baton

John Tizard | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The House of Lords Select report entitled "Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society", which was published earlier this week, provides a huge opportunity for the charity and voluntary and community sector (VCS).

Is It Reasonable To Appeal To The Conscience Of Corrupt Officials And To Dream Of Having Honest Political Leaders?

Karmak Bagisbayev | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Karmak Bagisbayev

In robbing their own people, corrupt presidents, ministers and officials are fulfilling the instinct of gene preservation which is inherent in human nature, i.e. they are taking care of their own children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. It is reasonable to appeal to the conscience of corrupt officials and to dream of having honest political leaders?

What About That £350Million? Some Suggestions For Life Beyond Brexit

Daniel Singleton | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

After months of the constant cry for Theresa May to lay out her Brexit strategy, in the past two weeks we have heard more. Unsurprisingly I don't feel any more in the know! I didn't expect to be - revealing your negotiating position is a bit like playing poker with your cards laid out in front of you.

The Power Of Building Change From Below

Harriet Lamb | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Building such community peace at the grassroots is not easy, and too often overlooked. But in 2017, with so much uncertainty about where governments are going, it is vital. And we need to make sure that the voices of all those who believe in justice and peace, and in caring for our planet, are heard loud and clear.

The Risks Of Turning Inwards After 2016's Geopolitical Earthquakes

Simon O'Connell | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

It's late 2026 and positivity is in short supply. Around the world, countries have turned in on themselves. Protectionist and isolationist policies ha...

Shuffle The Pack

Dan Corry | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Are these changes wise? Experts like the Institute for Government tend to think not and indeed there is a general consensus amongst academics and former mandarins that the only decent change in recent decades has been the creation of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Why I am a Litter Picker

Karin Sieger | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

But an increasing number of people clearly cannot be bothered to put their rubbish in the bins or take it home. Take-away wrappers, containers, cutlery, bottles, cans... they are all left there, just dumped. Often with many balloons and laughing gas canisters. So, on most days I pick up litter

Local Social Action Is More Vital Than Ever - And So Are Its Champions

John Tizard | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

If ever there was a time for bold, brave focussed leadership in the voluntary and community sector, at both national and local level, surely it is now? And this must particularly be case in respect of the local community and small charity sector, which are the backbone of strong communities and the catalyst for local social action.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

Why the World Should Not Fear Brexit

Adam Hamdy | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

A fevered referendum has divided Britain and unsettled the world. I've previously criticised the tone of the Remain and Leave campaigns for stoking fear and hate, and we are now living with the consequences of their irresponsibility.

Why Brexit Poses a Huge Risk to Charities and Volunteering

Rob Wilson | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Wilson

For civil society, the risks of EU withdrawal are huge. At a time when the country needs charities and volunteering to be at the top of its game, they could be compromised, overwhelmed by demand and starved of resources. Brexit is a huge risk to the stability of the sector, one that may take decades to recover from.

Let's Make Society Stronger Through Volunteering

Anne Heal | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Anne Heal

This is the year that Volunteers' Week has been extended from seven to twelve days, enabling more people to take part. The final day coincides with the Patron's lunch: a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Contemporary Charities: The Big Lottery Should Support a Big Debate

John Tizard | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The Big Lottery Fund's report and initiative on "The Future of Doing Good" is both timely and challenging. As the Government and others seek to redef...

If Charities Are to Thrive in 2016 Listening to Supporters Will Be Vital

John Low | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK
John Low

In 2015 charities were put under greater scrutiny - and attack - than in recent memory. Under such circumstances it would be easy to be gloomy, even to fear that charities are facing an existential threat.

Uruguay: Gay Marriage, Legal Dope and Gender Based Violence

Sophie Bauer | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Bauer

GBV is the ugliest, most demeaning manifestation of gender inequality. Uruguay is a country that proves case in point that responding effectively to an issue as complex and deeply rooted as this requires so much more than services. It is also a question of changing cultures and mindsets.

No Charity Campaigning = No Progress

John Tizard | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
John Tizard

Every so often and with seemingly increasing frequency, the siren voices of parts of the media and certain politicians demand that charities cease campaigning. Some of these voices actually go further and demand that the Government passes legislation to silence charities.

Raising More Tax Requires Investment in Civil Society

Hans Zomer | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Hans Zomer

We must not allow a situation to arise where the focus is merely on increasing government income, without ensuring adequate accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure the tax money raised is spent wisely. And as we know only too well from our experience in Ireland, a healthy civil society is absolutely vital in that regard.

Garrick Vote: You Poor Men

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

It seems a waste of time to put energy into a rational argument to counter your irrational position. But perhaps now that at least we are all talking about your strange habit, things might change. n the meantime, what the rest of us can do is stop treating your club as exclusive, but instead as ridiculous.