The World As It Is; The World As It Could Be: Realistic Hope

Alistair Rooms, Community Organiser with Newham Citizens, Citizens UK In organising theory, the world as it is and the world as it should be are said to be in tension together. I came across this idea in community organising training but have recently been studying Theology and have come across some deeper understandings of the … Continue reading The World As It Is; The World As It Could Be: Realistic Hope

Enough Power: campaign development and community organising

By Froilan Legaspi - Senior Community Organiser in East London and with the Together We Can Campaign at Citizens UK.This is a blog written for community organisers in operating in a broad-based context, and assumes knowledge of commonly used terminology. It was written as a piece of provocation to help organisers and leaders build campaigns … Continue reading Enough Power: campaign development and community organising

Build your CV and change the world while you’re at it…

How community organising enhances the student experience. 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. In 2019 I was in … Continue reading Build your CV and change the world while you’re at it…

Community Organising: An Exciting, Participative Space for Children

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

Self-interest, sacrifice and the postponement of dreams.

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.

Neighbourhood Organising in a Global Pandemic: Lessons from Shadwell

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

You are qualified to make a difference; you just need to get started….

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….

Long-term thinking, short-term change in civil society institutions

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

Building Democracy Into Institutional Life: Sarah Bonnell Girls School

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

Newham: This is home – Organising in a ‘deprived area’.

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’.