Keith Hebden is a Community Organiser with Thames Valley Citizens and lives in Didcot Oxfordshire with Sophie, who works in Climate Research, and their two children. Keith is an author of three books on politics and public life including ‘Re-Enchanting the Activist: Spirituality and Social Change. Martha is active in XR Youth. One of the … Continue reading Community Organising: An Exciting, Participative Space for Children
Abigail is an associate organiser in Lambeth who came into organising through her university, King’s College London. Whilst a student, she co-founded a community organising society, King’s 4 Change, which started off her organising journey in Lambeth. She co-edits the Iron Rule Blog. When I started at Citizens UK in October my line manager Paulina … Continue reading Self-interest, sacrifice and the postponement of dreams.
Miriam Brittenden is a neighbourhood community organiser for the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC) working in Shadwell, East London and co-ordinator of CTC's Buxton Leadership Programme. ‘Celebration’ by Kool & the Gang is perhaps not the theme tune you might have expected for a gathering online four months into a global pandemic. And yet, as 100 … Continue reading Neighbourhood Organising in a Global Pandemic: Lessons from Shadwell
By Rachel Jones - http://rachelvictoriajones.co.uk/ Born in 1991, Rachel is an artist based in London. I’ve always felt immobilized by politics in a way that made me feel like it wasn’t something I could participate in beyond voting. The idea that anything I might do would be ineffectual, kept me from engaging with politics beyond the basics. But last year … Continue reading You are qualified to make a difference; you just need to get started….
By Daniel Mackintosh NOTE – this blog came out of a number of conversations amongst London Citizens Organisers and the work of the Reach Hub, which is currently building a long term campaign to tackle Special Educational Needs, a goal which reaches beyond any election cycle. On 10 June 2021, at age 36, I became … Continue reading Long-term thinking, short-term change in civil society institutions
Alistair Rooms, Community Organiser with Newham Citizens, Citizens UK, Reflecting on my own journey as an organiser, it started, studying a Politics Degree at a highly political environment at SOAS, University of London. I learned lots about politics in the classroom, but being involved in organising and public life at the university taught me how … Continue reading Building Democracy Into Institutional Life: Sarah Bonnell Girls School
Bina Patel is the Partnerships Manager at Community Links, in Canning Town Newham, East London. Raised in the borough she has worked in the charity sector for over 9 years, joining Community Links in 2019 to work in the area that’s been her home since childhood.A fond reflection on a borough that is home to … Continue reading Newham: This is home – Organising in a ‘deprived area’.
By Daniel Mackintosh, August 2020 (with particular thanks to Tom Chigbo for his wise comments) 170 years ago, people like me were not allowed to become British Members of Parliament, nor vote in British elections. Why? Because I am Jewish. That sounds strange today because we have witnessed a significant expansion in who can vote … Continue reading Reclaiming Citizenship: Not a legal status, but a local practice
This blog is compiled from Citizens UK national training, Industrial Areas Foundation national training, the Citizens UK Diaspora Team and the Faith in Action ‘Role of a Powerful Clergy Leader’ By Daniel Mackintosh I have had a number of conversations with institutional leaders, who, after joining organising training, understand that leaders have relational meetings with … Continue reading Powerful organising leaders: who are they and what do they actually do?
by Mei Lim, Director of Reach Children's Hub, Hounslow, as shared at the West London Citizens Strategy Day - a strategy day is where organisers and leaders work together to build the strategy of the local organisation. Some of you might recognise this as Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion, but physics was not my strong … Continue reading “Every action has its equal opposite reaction”