Did you see the Civil Society Futures PACT and wonder “what can I do now?” Here are some suggestions for things you could do or ask your organisation.
At our final launch event, performers took people on a journey through their food history – exploring issues of power, accountability, connection and trust through different senses.
As well as trying to build the power of queer Muslims in London, the group seeks to embody its ideals of inclusion in its own internal practices, developing and sharing power among their members – often based on ancient Islamic traditions.
Artist Rebecca Strickson has created a response to the civil society PACT through four beautiful banners that bring it, and people’s voices, to life.
Earlier this year, leading disability charity Scope announced a radical new strategy that would mean enormous change for the organisation. Here the charity’s chief executive talks through the plans for this transformation: how they got here, where they’re going, how they’ll do it, and why it matters.
Civil society funder Lankelly Chase is in “a continual process” of change, trying to be aware of power in their organisation and shift it down from Board level. How are they handling it?
Community Land Trusts (CLTs) ensure local people can continue living in their communities and enable them to play a leading role in shaping the places they call home.
The Equal Care Co-op is a new care and support co-operative starting in the Upper Calder Valley, aiming to give real voice and power to the people who give and receive support.
Local people came together to tackle rising levels of youth violence in Peckham – how did they do it? And what happened when young people themselves were excluded from the process?
This library in Sunderland was slated for closure… till volunteers like this stepped in.
Allegations of sexual misconduct at Oxfam, Save the Children and the Presidents Club have dominated headlines this year. Is civil society doing enough to address sexism in the workplace?
“Am I going to let the world go to rack and ruin or am I going to change things around me?” What is this residents association in Sunderland doing?
From 3D printing wheelchairs to getting out of London to meet new people with ideas… how is a funder of social tech projects trying to shift power and create connection?
Is there a way to bring funding information together so that anyone could quickly see what’s being funded in a particular community or sector? In an ideal world, all grants data would be shared openly.
Some organisations shy away from fully acknowledging their lack of diversity. They pay lip service but are reluctant to even publish data about their cultural make up for fear of being criticised.
How to get to the world as it should be? That was the question we vowed to tackle as we kicked off the third of three Civil Society Futures workshops on local decision making in the North East.
One of the common civic actions is to take part in events and discussions. How often is it incumbent for the disabled participant to ensure that his/her/their participation is possible?
This award gives quarter of a million dollars, no strings attached, to people being extraordinarily disobedient for the benefit of society. What could we learn?
Funding… too often tightly controlled by a cautious, privileged few? Edge Fund is a grant-making body with a difference.
One of the key principles within community organising is moving from problem to solution. Working out our asks is a fundamental step to negotiating and bringing about change.
Our case is the biggest in employment law in a generation, fighting for basic rights like paid annual leave and the minimum wage.
The Windrush scandal has pushed Britain’s harsh immigration policies into the limelight, forcing one ministerial resignation and an apology from the government. But people who have lived and worked hard in Britain for many years are still losing their jobs, homes, being denied NHS treatment – who are the people fighting for the rights of … Read more
We are starting a ‘Fairwork Foundation’ to set minimum standards in the gig economy. Can we change the rules of the future?
If you’ve seen the TV game show Pointless, you’ll know that – like in civil society – common assumptions are often a veneer. The most illuminating way to understand a community is to seek out the Pointless answers…
We all know by now that social media’s impact on our lives can be pervasive and all-encompassing – and it’s not just our lifestyles, careers and relationships that are influenced by it.
Bolivia has a deep history of resistance. After over 500 years of colonisation, it continues to be home to the largest and most diverse indigenous population in the continent, with 36 different indigenous peoples officially recorded. At the turn of the millennium movements successfully took on both a multinational corporation and a President – paving … Read more
So many organisations are seeking to make a difference to people’s lives today. But how can we involve the communities we work with in shaping the policies and systems that will change their tomorrows too?
One of the constant themes we’ve heard during the first year of the inquiry is the need to create places and spaces for people to come together, create and meet others. What’s going on across Europe and what can we learn?
A growing appetite for crowd sourcing solutions to societal challenges online – reflected in the success of news sites such as Positive News, The New Internationalist and Mental Health Today – offers hope for the futures of both civil society and journalism. I co-edit Mental Health Today and we regularly see our “crowd” of 70,000 … Read more
African feminist movements are diverse. But we can, and must, learn from decades of transformational organising on the continent. As African feminists, we face multiple systems of oppression including the effects of colonisation, neocolonisation, white supremacy, militarism, the globalisation of capitalism and neoliberalism. Yet our movements are more vibrant and radically political than ever before. … Read more
British housing is a dangerous mess. But people are organising to protect themselves – like they always have. In 1915 in Govan, just south of the river Clyde in Glasgow, bands of women torpedoed flour bombs at creeping eviction enforcers from the towering windows of their tenements. Exasperated by increasingly predacious landlords and the rising … Read more
Can the museum be reimagined as a place that actually works for its constituents, rather than for the art market? Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) director Alistair Hudson seeks to create a ‘useful museum’ that is the true manifestation of its community. What brought you to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)? I’ve … Read more