John Coventry

Director of Communications,

John's been campaigning on issues for ten years. Now communication director at online campaign platform, John blogs on campaigns, communications and how people powered change is shifting the political and social landscape.

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

There was an in-depth look at global campaigning movement Avaaz in Sunday's <em>Observer</em>. 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...
18/11/2013 12:39 GMT

The Power of the Little Big Thing

On average, two campaigns a week win on 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.
08/07/2013 16:05 BST

2012: A People Powered Year

As a memorable year draws to a close, I thought we'd get in the end-of-year-review spirit and look at some of the biggest people-powered campaigns of 2012.
27/12/2012 17:16 GMT

Evasive on Avoidance: How People Power Put Brands in the Dock

It's easy for politicians to look tough by asking questions, it's harder for them to stand up and take action. The challenge for campaigners now is how to turn this surge of interest in tax avoidance into people-powered pressure that forces a genuine, tangible result.
15/11/2012 12:06 GMT

Politics Has a Boos Problem - Time for Rehab

It's very, very difficult to feel sorry for George Osborne or Theresa May, or indeed any politician who puts themselves up for a photo opportunity that backfires. But I did feel a tiny twinge of sympathy when the boos rang out in the Olympic Stadium as they handed out the medals.
07/09/2012 15:27 BST

A Branson Pickle - Can Online Petitions Shape Democracy?

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.
31/08/2012 10:16 BST