For positive social change to happen, we believe that communities need real power. Sometimes this power is handed out by governments, and sometimes communities come together to gain power on their own accord and  on their own terms.

Our Building Local Activism programme, supported by the BIG Lottery Fund, focussed on the latter: how communities can empower themselves through community organising, asset- based community development and digital activism.

For the digital activism strand, we worked with communities that wanted to use digital tools to campaign on issues that matter to them. This included activities with older people to make Leeds city centre more accessible, working with a women’s group in the West Midlands to encourage retailers to display lads’ mags on the top shelf, and helping Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau map the impact of cuts to housing benefit.

We also helped two organisations that do Saul Alinsky-style community organising to grow their work into new cities: Church Action on Poverty  in Salford and Middlesbrough, and Citizens UK in Birmingham and Nottingham.

Outputs

AMPLIFY cover

Amplify: Local campaigning in a digital world

Publication

This toolkit is designed to help community organisations use the free and low cost web tools already widely available. ... → Read More

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Growing Community Organising

Publication

We define community organising as “the process of supporting individuals to come together to improve their communitie ... → Read More

Twitter vs Page Three Girls (TechCityInsider)

In the News

At Digital Shoreditch 2013 our Sophie Hostick-Boakye was interviewed by technology sector news website TechCityInsider o ... → Read More

How to campaign locally in a digital world (Pioneers Post - Alex Delaney)

In the News

With the use of smart phones and social networking on the increase, community organisers and campaigners need to make mo ... → Read More

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Ungoogleable: Is Online Presence an Essential Part of Activism?

Event

Join us for a discussion of the way technology has changed activism, featuring panelists Stella Creasy MP, Steve Wyler o ... → Read More

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The People’s Budget – U.S. Insights as an Opportunity for British Action

Event

Join Josh Lerner, Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project in New York, and Alderman Joe Moore of Chica ... → Read More

Why text messages could be the future for charities (The Guardian Professional - Mandeep Hothi and Andrew Wilson)

In the News

Sending a text message to supporters can be an effective way to communicate and save money. In January more than 300 ... → Read More

Playing Chicken: Head to Head with Greg Galluzzo

Posts

In late February I attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising as part of our Building ... → Read More

Community Activism: Making Change Happen

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Our Building Local Activism programme, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, is supporting communities to develop their capabi ... → Read More

Finding a home to rent in Hackney: hypothetical housing benefits turn out to be just that

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Usually we're not encouraged to go trawling property websites during working hours, yet last Friday three Citizens Advic ... → Read More

Is community organising just what’s needed in these tough times?

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Community organising suddenly came into vogue last summer with the ringing endorsement of the new government, announcing ... → Read More