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We scale organisations, people and causes.
We are systemic change agents.

ABOUT US

The Social Change Agency was setup in 2013 by Esther Foreman. She founded it on systemic principles and a belief that you need to build collaborations between organisations and individuals, to address the complex realities found within our society. We work across all sectors of society, using an associate structure of talent and an asset based network to amplify our social impact.

WHAT WE DO

Social Growth Hacking and Movement Building

Innovation & Strategy

Training and Facilitation

Executive coaching, Network Facilitation and Leadership Development

Live Projects & Joint Adventures

Crowd Funding

"Their ability to get to the heart of the matter meant that, when we had little time to step back and take stock, they helped us to clarify our thinking and set practical priorities.”

Chloe Hardy, Head of Campaigns National Housing Federation - www.yestohomes.co.uk

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Lord Jim Knight

Jim Knight is the Chief Education Adviser at TES Global Ltd, where he recently built a new online teacher development platform. He’s a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the IoE. As a UK government minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He joined the Lords after the 2010 General Election. @jimpknight

Alison Goldworthy

Alison (Ali) Goldsworthy is Director of Supporter Strategy and Engagement at Which?. Prior to this she established Wales’ fastest growing public affairs company, Deryn, and led the successful campaign to introduce opt our organ donation in Wales. An experienced political advisor with over 15 years experience, outside work Alison is also a Director at the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. @aligoldsworthy

Stephen Greene

Stephen has a long and established career in volunteer engagement and pro social work. As CEO and co-founder of RockCorps, he has delivered social engagement platforms all over the world. In 2010 he became the Youth and Volunteering advisor to UK Office of Civil Society. He is currently the Chair of the National Citizenship Service. His unique experience combined with a deep understanding of and passion for social action and youth engagement enables him to provide strategic counsel to a wide range of organisations across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. @stephenbgreene

Dame Mary Marsh

Dame Mary is a non-executive director of HSBC Bank plc and member of the Governing Body at London Business School. She was the Founding Director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme from 2008 to 2015 and the Chief Executive of the UK National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) from 2000 to 2008. @damemarymarsh

NEWS & EVENTS

News

"The Social Change Agency provided skilful mentorship to our 10 socially focused start-ups while being a valuable contributor to the wider Wayra programme...Esther is a brilliant team player, hyper-connected and fantastically passionate and credible about Social Entrepreneurialism”
Tom Chant, Head of Wayra UK

CLIENTS & CASE STUDIES

HOW WE WORK SYSTEMICALLY

We know that creating social impact is a complex process. We use systems thinking as the basis of our methodology, believing that if you want to address complexity, systemic change is a more powerful process for long term impact. When we work systemically, we map out the system, all of its component parts and all the seen and unseen aspects of it, even before we start to think about the next steps. We know that the smallest individual action can result in a big systems change and we understand how to achieve both. We all have a part to play in achieving this which is why we consider individuals as important parts of systems.

Systems thinker graphic

"Working with the Social Change Agency has delivered a step change in our understanding of the power of building a student movement to help grow our business to drive student innovation."
Jonathan May, Founder and CEO, hubbub - www.hubbub.net

OUR VALUES

Authenticity

We make sure the things we do are genuine and in line with the approaches we believe in.

Collaboration

We seek to work with others, wherever possible, not just because it’s more fun, but because deep-seated change requires networks, allies and fresh thinking with others.

Reciprocity & Co-creation

We genuinely seek to co-create a better world with other partners, preferring relationships rather than transactions.

Elegance & Dynamism

We approach our work with the dignity, artfulness and fun it deserves, putting people at the centre of design, but always with the high energy needed to bring forth ideas to motivate and inspire others to create change.

Wholeheartedness

We operate as whole beings. We don’t separate between formal and informal, hierarchic and functional, charity and business and we definitely don’t leave ourselves behind when we come to work.

PRESS & REPORTS

GetWired
Shouting Down the House

OTHER PRESS ARTICLES

Shouting Down the House Executive Summary
Peering in report
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House Party
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Popse Report

"Having met and worked with a wide variety of people in the social enterprise sector, SCA stands out by a mile. They know how to get stuff done and have a firm understanding of the business case in question.”

Tom Hooper- CEO of Third Space Learning - www.thirdspacelearning.com

CHANGE AGENTS

Esther Foreman

After a long career directing award-winning campaigns in the social sector Esther set up the Social Change Agency believing effective social change can only be achieved if people work and grow together. Esther is a 2011 Clore Fellow, Winston Churchill Fellow 2012 and a SSE Fellow, 2013. She is a Trustee of the National MS Society and a Non-Executive Director of IVO. @estherforeman

Dr Marc Bush

Marc has a background in health, social care, mental health, disability policy and autism research and specialises in research, public policy, advocacy, campaigns, programmes and communications. Previous roles include Director of Policy and Intelligence at Healthwatch and Director of Policy and Campaigns at Scope. In addition to being a visiting Professor at the University of Northampton, Marc founded and runs The Experimentalists Ltd. @Marc_Bush

Jim Coe, Campaigning & Advocacy

Jim Coe specialises in providing strategy and evaluation support to organisations engaged in campaigning, advocacy and social change. Prior to going freelance, Jim worked in Oxfam’s campaigning programme, responsible for devising and applying a coherent and effective strategic approach across Oxfam’s campaigns programme.

Carol Beaumont

Carol is an experienced social leader and fundraiser, with over 12 years experience in the NHS, Third Sector and business.  Specialising in creative collaboration for social impact, she works with senior leadership teams to help them think through, communicate and implement change in their organisations. Carol is a 2010 Clore Social Fellow and a Trustee of the PSHE Association @caro_beau

Jasmine Paradine-James

Jasmine is a graphic designer who believes design should be meaningful, useful and led by the people the end-product effects. She takes a human-centred approach to projects, spending time with the user or client, getting to the heart of the problem, and using design to support positive social change. She also designed this website!

Jonathan May

Jonathan holds a first class degree in Computer Science from King’s College, Cambridge. His passion is seeing young people, organisations and businesses succeed. In 2011 he founded the hubbub network, which builds fundraising movements for the education sector, providing crowdfunding and social media technology and services to many of the UK’s leading educational institutions.

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