Learning from history

Writing about history is important for this project, but why is that? I took for granted how important learning from history is without really thinking about why. When I read How Change Happens by Duncan Green, he clarified things. This got me thinking about wanting to understand learning from history better to then write about … Continue reading Learning from history

What to organise around?

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?

Theories of Change – Part 3 Social Movements

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

Theories of Change – Part 2 Linear/systems thinking and strategy

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." [1] He explains that the concept originated from two very … Continue reading Theories of Change – Part 2 Linear/systems thinking and strategy

Political Ideology Part 2

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