The Social Change Agency Podcast

The Social Change Agency Podcast

A "monthly" podcast featuring inspiring change-makers.

Episodes

October 31, 2022 24 min
Esther Foreman and Rachel Krengel from The Social Change Agency meet up with James Ozden, Director at Social Change Lab to explore what it takes to build an effective protest movement.

Topics covered include:
- why some protest movements flourish (and some don't)
- whether disruptive tactics work
- the importance of shared identity and collaboration
- the need for more funding to be directed to towards social movements
- how to avoi...
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Today we're speaking with the Head of Grants at the British Science Association, Chris Manion.

We'll be discussing The Ideas Fund, an innovative public engagement program that provides grants for community groups and researchers who have new ideas for addressing local challenges related to mental health and wellbeing. We'll also be looking at the role funders play in bringing about social change, the power imbalances th...
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In this episode, we chat to Alice Sachrajda and Marzena Zukowska, authors of New Brave World: The power, opportunities and potential of pop culture for social change in the UK.

We explore the opportunities for leveraging pop culture for social change and share examples of where pop culture has already proven to be a powerful driver of social change.

You can read the full 'New Brave World' report at: unboundphilanthropy.org/ne...
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We check in with Hannah Paterson on the latest developments in participatory grantmaking and the Shift The Power movement. Plus, we discuss Hannah's new role as Senior Portfolio Manager – Innovation, Policy and Practice at the National Lottery Community Fund.
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This episode is a conversation between our consultant Rachel Krengel and Michael Parsons, Portfolio Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas' Charity, which is a foundation dedicated to addressing health inequalities in urban areas.

We’ve been working with them on a project to support 20 communities in Southwark and Lambeth during the Covid-19 emergency and beyond. We are piloting ways to get direct financial support into these communiti...
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In this episode, our consultant Rachel Krengel speaks to Lindon Rankin, who is an organiser at the African ‘n’ Caribbean Wellbeing Group based in Southwark. Lindon’s is one of the many community groups we at SCA support.

In this podcast, Rachel talks to Lindon about his journey into community organising, his experiences of organising during the pandemic and how he believes grassroots groups can structure and govern themselves for m...
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In this podcast, speak to Amy Hulme, Senior Consultancy Manager at The Social Change Agency and fair pay campaigner, who reflects on her time campaigning for the Living Wage.

She shares her journey into activism and discusses how to build a successful strategy, movement-building misconceptions and dealing with the slow pace of corporate behaviour change as a campaigner.
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In this podcast, speak to Mita Desai, programme manager for the Young Trustees Movement.

She shares her journey into activism and discusses how to build a successful strategy, movement-building misconceptions and balancing the need to lead with the need to let go of control.
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This is part 2 of a two-part interview featuring Brian Young, the Executive Director of Action Network in conversation with Betsy, our principal director.

Action Network is a non-profit dedicated to providing cutting edge technology to the progressive movement.

As we record this, we’re facing the corona pandemic induced lockdown and Betsy and Brian reflect on ways technology can bring communities together, asking how to foster connec...
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This is part 1 of a two-part interview featuring Brian Young, the Executive Director of Action Network in conversation with Betsy, our principal director.

Action Network is a non-profit dedicated to providing cutting edge technology to the progressive movement.

Brian discusses how to build power between people, rather than their online profiles.

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In this episode, we're sitting down with Hannah Paterson a Churchill Fellow exploring participatory grant-making.

Participatory grant-making (PGM) is a means of putting funding decisions into the hands of those affected by the decisions. Done right, it can fundamentally shift power blurring the traditional roles of ‘funder’ and ‘grantee’.

Hannah will be running a session on PGM at our ‘Losing Control in funding and commissionin...
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In this episode, we chat with Uma Mishra-Newbery, Executive Director of Women’s March Global, to talk through some of the challenges inherent in the funding sector and the opportunities that lie in changing the traditional approach.

Uma is running a session at our ‘Losing Control in funding and commissioning event’ on the 4th March 2020. It will be a day of honest conversations with funders, grantmakers and grantees looking at how ...
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In this episode, we chat to Jason Foo, CEO of BBD Perfect Storm, a ‘brand and cultural transformation agency’ who have put purpose at the heart of the work they do.

Foo talks about appetite for social change in the business sector and the scope for social impact.

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Follow us on Twitter at @SocialChangeAg

Host: Kate Edwards
Guest: Jason Foo
Producer: Maria Mancuso
Theme music by Loyalty Freak Mu...
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In this episode, we caught up with Jo Wells, director of the Blagrave Trust and founding funder of the Young Trustees Movement, which brings together a number of organisations with the aim of doubling the number of young people serving on charity sector boards over the next five years.

Jo talks to us about her decision to get behind The Young Trustees Movement, why it is so necessary for the future of charity governance and what it ...
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In this episode, we speak with Tor Evans, the senior external relations manager for the Roundhouse who also sits on the Young Trustees Movement advisory board.

The Roundhouse has been a leading voice in the push to recruit young trustees. They are trailblazers who have had young trustees for over a decade and even created a guide to youth governance in collaboration with the Arts Council.

Tor shares some practical tips for how organ...
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In this podcast Pete Burden introduces sociocracy, a consent-based decision making approach to organising. Pete is an organisational strategist, coach and facilitator with over 30 years’ experience working with purpose-driven businesses and organisations.

In the second part of this episode, ‘Art of Hosting’ practitioner Jose Barco talks us through acting with purpose and the Art of Hosting approach to harnessing a groups collective ...
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It’s often the case that NGOs, philanthropists and funders want to help grassroots groups. But how do you fund a movement which has no leader, no address, and no bank account?

And on the flip side, movements might be conflicted about taking this help. What if they're co-opted and their values are diluted, or what if more admin and professionalism upsets the volunteer-led spirit at the heart of what they do?

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In this episode we speak with Kristiana Wrixon, Head of Policy at ACEVO and leader of the research on bullying in the workplace and creating safer cultures.

The Center for Mental Health and ACEVO recently published "In Plain Sight: Workplace Bullying in Charities and Implications for Leadership". This is the second report ACEVO have released following reports about bullying, abusive, and exploitative behavior taking place i...
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In this episode we speak with Alice Sachrajda and Lena Baumgartner, the two authors of ‘More than Words’ - How communicating our shared values and forging mutual connections can bring hope for a new tomorrow.

We discuss why good communicators should pay as much attention to how they make people feel as to the words they use. What it means to lead with shared values, why it is important to focus on systems that need to be changed and...
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In this episode we speak with 15-year-old climate striker Rebekah from London about the climate movement, intergenerational relationships and power structures.

Visit us at www.thesocialchangeagency.org
Follow us on Twitter at @SocialChangeAg

Host: Esther Foreman, CEO The Social Change Agency
Guest: Rebekah
Producer: Maria Mancuso
Theme music by Loyalty Freak Music
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