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We scale organisations, people and causes.
We are systemic change agents.
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.
Lord Jim Knight
Jim Knight is the Chief Education Adviser at TES Global Ltd, where he has recently built a new online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Prof at the London Knowledge Lab of the IoE. As a former UK government minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. Jim is also the chair of the Tinder Foundation, the leading digital inclusion delivery organisation in the UK. @jimpknight
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 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
WHAT WE DO
Innovation & Strategy
We create award-winning social campaigns, projects and programmes with a variety of partners. We help organisations to develop their theory of change or business proposition and to understand what it means to be social-change ready, aligning vision and mission, strategy, objectives and funding. We support social investors, new ventures and entrepreneurs to develop and scale, align deal flow with social impact and build valuable networks to drive change.
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We developed the campaign strategy and stakeholder management for the Yes to Homes Campaign. Based on systemic principles, the campaign was designed to build local campaign networks to call for new homes.×
We were asked to look at what interventions would help migrants at the point of housing need. With research and insight, we developed a theory of change and redesigned their grant-giving programme along systemic principles.×
We designed and curated a high-level social enterprise acceleration programme for Wayra UnLtd, which included building an eco-system of support from social investors for new markets and social impact, an alumni programme to strength and deepen Wayra UnLtd impact in the world and one to one tailored coaching support.×
We supported Generation Rent to think through their campaign strategy, identify stakeholders and build a national day of action.
“Thank you so much. You have helped us to bring a lot of urgently needed clarity to this project.” – Alexander Hilton, Director Generation Rent×
Through a series of workshops, we helped Foodcycle develop their mission, vision and ambition, to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty, combining community-led kitchens and food-waste.×
Training & Facilitation
We deliver a range of workshops and training on social growth hacking, agile alumni movement & trade;, innovation, strategy, campaign development, stakeholder management, movement building, systemic thinking, networking, professional transition and change management.
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Commissioned by UnLtd, we created and delivered an open space session between health social entrepreneurs and CCGs to help explore new ways of working in the NHS.×
We ran a session with the Social Investment Team at Cabinet Office, on how to work with values and systemic principles to drive change.×
We delivered a workshop around transition and change for a group of social leaders as part of their leadership programme.×
We helped with their corporate strategy, running workshops to facilitate conversation and insights into community building.×
We designed and ran a series of workshops to help provide insight into new forms of training for social entrepreneurs.×
Social Impact Consulting. We delivered bespoke campaign training for Social Impact Consulting and Northumbria Student Union.×
Executive coaching, Network Facilitation & Leadership Development
We help good people to become great (we ‘borrowed’ that from Mr Collins).
We support teams and social leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to deepen and embed their skill-set, values and purpose through high-impact coaching and mentoring. We also design coaching and mentoring programmes for organisations.
Our strength is our network and we can help you to develop yours. We run in-depth professional and personal network analysis and then help you to expand your contacts and supporters, improving your network assets to achieve change.
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We designed the mentoring and coaching programme for social entrepreneurs in the Impact Hub Kings Cross, with over 300 members and supporting organisations.×
We worked with the Big Venture Challenge to provide networking support to 10 entrepreneurs, including network analysis, pipeline development, individual coaching, and creating tailored events to bring together social investors and entrepreneurs.×
Live Projects & Joint Adventures
We love working with partners and co-conspirators to create projects, events and programmes that make a real difference. We connect between sectors, using and borrowing, ideas and people to create innovation and social change.
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In conjunction with HACT, we bring you the one and only, (wholly unofficial) fringe pop-up to the CIH annual conference in Manchester, 23-24 June, 2015.
For the first time ever we are bringing together the widest possible collaborators of grass roots housing and social changemakers to explore and solve some of the most pressing needs in UK housing and YOU are invited.
See www.thehouseparty.org for more info.
We love strong, vibrant, happy, communities and believe there is no better way to create a better world than to join them together to do new stuff.
People’s Republic is our crowdfunding platform. We designed it to connect real communities and neighbourhoods with their digital counterparts, creating movements that transform the world.×
We have teamed up with Hubbub to bring Enrich to the Social Sector. Enrich uses social media to increase engagement, reduce cost and save time. It provides social media profiles, intelligence and demographics on your network to help you develop deeper understanding and more meaningful relationships
In 2011 we ran POPse! the first pop-up think tank in a disused sandwich shop, looking at social enterprise in the UK.×
We are registered and approved Growth Coaches for the Growth Accelerator service. This is a unique service led by the countries growth specialists and co-invested in by the Government. It provides organisations with new connections, new routes to investment and new ideas and strategies they need to reach their full potential.
To be considered for this service, you will need to be registered in the UK and based in England, have fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40m. Just a small investment from will entitle you to £3,500 worth of services and up to £2000 match funding for training for each of your senior managers, not to mention access to a pool of investors, specialised workshop and business courses.
If you would like to explore how to use this service to work with us, please get in touch.
"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
NEWS & EVENTS
"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.
"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
We make sure the things we do are genuine and in line with the approaches we believe in.
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.
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
OTHER PRESS ARTICLES
"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
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
Danielle’s passion is people and takes a human centred approach to her work. She’s an expert in engagement and leadership development. She specialises in strategic planning, employee engagement and talent management, believing that understanding the individuals involved in any project is paramount to its success. Danielle has worked for public, private and 3rd sector organisations bringing in new innovative models, thinking into their processes and developing collaborative programmes of social innovation. @dan_beckster
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.
Claudia is passionate and experienced in managing and implementing strategies spanning stakeholder engagement, corporate communications and branding, and campaigning and movement building. She has raised organisational profiles, shaped public debate, built coalitions, and realised tangible results in government policy and within communities.
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 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.