Category Archives: theory of change

Change Management for Campaigners: Six Secrets to Success

The late Ray Anderson, Founder & CEO of one of the world’s largest makers of carpets, Interface, said he used to be a typical industrialist – a ‘plunderer of the Earth’. In 1994 he was asked by a staff member … Continue reading

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Join me in a bigger dream for 2013?

This is the text from an ad placed by Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton one hundred years ago. Rumour has it that Shackleton received 5000 applications. What is it that drives people to rise to a challenge, even when what’s asked … Continue reading

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A MAP for When Things Feel Overwhelming

At my birthday party the other night, one of my best friends was talking about the difference between ‘real activism’ and communications-centred campaigning (especially online organising) that doesn’t bring with it the risk of arrest. The gist of the argument … Continue reading

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What I’m Doing for the Next Six Weeks

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about how to create a bigger pool of people taking action to make the world a better place. ‘What makes a person move from wanting action on one issue, to taking action … Continue reading

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Five Principles of Transformational Activism

I started writing this post in the lush green surroundings of Vermont in late spring, and haven’t been able to finish it until now, on a rainy morning six weeks later in the middle of Sydney’s chilly winter. I’m glad … Continue reading

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The Best of the Rest of Boston

After my meeting with Marshall Ganz, I had a long list of other amazing people to meet. First I went to meet Josh Lynch, an old friend from the US youth climate movement who helped start the Energy Action Coalition, … Continue reading

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Movement Growth & Strategic Capacity

One of the key things I’m researching while I’m overseas doing my Churchill fellowship is movement growth. What does it take for a movement, especially a grassroots “real world” movement to grow, sustain growth, and continue to engage mass numbers … Continue reading

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