The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) has launched The Social Change Project, a new project aimed at strengthening civil society’s ability to bring about change, and is seeking contributions from anyone involved in civil society. The 15 month initiative is funded by a consortium of independent trusts & foundations, and is built around a new network of civil society organisations which SMK has drawn together.
The project has already hosted a series of workshops across England to consider key drivers and barriers to social change, looking across a wide variety of case studies from the smoking ban and living wage, to equal marriage and Brexit. These conversations have already identified a number of “burning issues” which will now be examined in more depth through a series of events this Autumn.
• Models of social change – knowing what works
• Making better use of the law
• Unlocking the power of people
• Collaborations – coalitions, networks and alliances
• Moral purpose, ethics and integrity
• Organisations structures, governance and leadership
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is encouraging anyone passionate about social change to get involved with the project. They are looking for people to share their experiences and insights, help tackle the burning issues, and agree key ways forward. Conversations will run to early 2018 and the project will bring together the main findings into a set of recommendations to be published next Spring. Anyone interested in how they can get involved and have their say can do so by visiting smk.org.uk/social-change-project-events where they will also find details on forthcoming events around each of the burning issues.