I'm going to use Jane McAlevey’s definition for organising as described in a previous post: "organizing places the agency for success with a continually expanding base of ordinary people, a mass of people never previously involved, who don't consider themselves activists at all – that's the point of organizing." In this post, I've included activism … Continue reading What to organise around?
This post will describe the differences between mobilising and organising following on from a previous post that describes Jane McAlevey's three options for change: advocacy, mobilising and organising. McAlevey describes pure forms of these options for change, which is useful for understanding and analysis but clearly on the ground nothing will be this clear cut. … Continue reading Mobilising and Organising
See the introduction post to this series on Theories of Change (ToC) here. And part two on linear and systems thinking approaches to ToC. In this post, I will list several different approaches that are advocated by social movement participants and thinkers. The US union organiser and trainer Jane McAlevey identifies three 'options for change': … Continue reading Theories of Change – Part 3 Social Movements
Read part 1 here. The international development expert Duncan Green, states that theories of change "locate a programme, project, or campaign within a wider analysis of how change comes about. They articulate and challenge our assumptions and acknowledge the influence of wider systems and actors."  He explains that the concept originated from two very … Continue reading Theories of Change – Part 2 Linear/systems thinking and strategy
Theory or theories of change is a popular buzzword at the moment and it is also confusing as those that use it have different understandings of what it means. This is the first post in a series on theories of change (ToC). I'm going to briefly summarise the different ToCs that I think are important. … Continue reading Theories of Change – Part 1 Different Theories of Change
Part one looked at Marxist and non-Marxist concepts of ideology, the challenges of defining ideology, ideology and the political spectrum, and the classical and new ideologies. Based on Political Ideologies: An Introduction by Andrew Heywood (4th edition from 2007) this post describes the classical ideologies of liberalism, conservatism, socialism, nationalism, anarchism, fascism, plus the new … Continue reading Political Ideology Part 2
Understanding political ideology is essential to then start thinking about theories of change, theories of power, revolutionary strategy and vision. We all have a political ideology, whether we realise it or not. Radicals refer to ideologies all the time but I think they are used vaguely without a clear frame of reference. I think it … Continue reading Political Ideology Part 1