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We build and enable people-powered movements.
The Social Change Agency works to support people and organisations
focused on social impact.
We help our clients find and implement radical solutions, allowing them to reach
further and achieve more.
We work across all sectors of society, tapping into an associate network of talent built
up over many years.
WHAT WE DO
We deliver strategic consulting,
providing the methods and tools to develop and deliver systemic change.
We provide training and coaching,
developing the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to make change happen.
We facilitate cross-sector collaboration,
bringing unusual partners together to create projects and events that make a real difference.
System Change Leadership
Social movements can be incredibly complicated, bringing together actors and organisations with wildly divergent methods and goals.
Within the constraints of your business model and resources, the real challenge is to ensure that you continue to make a real contribution to social change.
We can help you to pursue an approach to social change that’s systemic, while also manageable and meaningful.
Using a mixture of workshops, coaching and consultancy we help our clients to define their unique contribution within a complex system and direct their resources towards the most impactful interventions.
Campaigning is at the heart of social change movements, whether in the form of raising awareness, grass-roots activism or crowdfunding.
We have over 30 years’ combined experience of policy-led campaigns and integrated campaigning / fundraising programs.
We specialise in health, education, housing and social justice and in aligning policy, fundraising and communications teams’ strategies and plans for action.
We work alongside our clients’ in-house teams to develop and deliver distinctive and effective campaigns, grounded in our practical experience of the key political, social and technological factors which drive and enable change.
Training and Workshops
A dynamic and effective movement needs to maintain a developed and up-to-date skill set. We can help you to keep on top of the latest developments, enabling you to embrace and work through the complexities of change.
We provide a range of workshops centred around tools and techniques for crowdfunding, fundraising, movement building and systems change.
For more complex needs or staff training days we also deliver bespoke immersive courses focused on social change, influencing for change and negotiation training.
We currently offer workshops and courses in:
- Movement building
- Resource raising
- Systems mapping
- Systems influencing
- Generating and challenging theories of change
- Developing social change immersions
- Understanding behaviour change
- Developing negotiation and influencing skills
Our training and workshops are practical, immersive, participatory and fun, and designed to get people thinking and working together.
There’s an incredible range of talent and opportunity spread across the social change landscape. However, organisations are often unaware of what’s out there, and try to do everything on their own.
We have wide-ranging knowledge of this landscape, and we are always looking for ways to bring actors and organisations together in innovative partnerships.
We incubate and organise cross-sector collaborations, enabling our clients to create projects, events and programmes that make a real difference. We convene and facilitate effective collective thinking and action, using and borrowing ideas and people to create innovation and social change.
Research and Development
Effective movements and campaigns are the products of rigorous planning and testing, focused on ensuring their success in creating real impact and change.
We have extensive experience working with boards and senior leadership teams to generate options for action and to facilitate strategic decision-making centred around innovation and improvement.
We conduct feasibility studies and options appraisals for system-changing, movement building and campaigning initiatives. We assist our clients at the exploratory stage and at critical review points, conducting independent internal and external research and producing recommendations for development.
CLIENTS & CASE STUDIES
WORKING WITH US
We provide strategic consultancy on a modular basis as well as spot consulting, coaching and advice.
Our modules cover diagnosis, strategy, feasibility and operational planning and delivery. They are carefully designed to support and stimulate every step of your journey.
You can block book spot consulting and ad hoc advice, allowing you to pay for what you need, as and when you need it. We also provide bespoke workshops, creative events and training as requested.
The first step is to get in touch with us at email@example.com We’ll work with you to identify how we can most effectively add value to your strategy.
NEWS & EVENTS
PRESS & REPORTS
OTHER PRESS ARTICLES
"The Social Change Agency provided skilful movement building support 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 change”
Tom Chant, Head of Wayra UK
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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.
"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
Esther has spent over 15 years working in the not for profit, social enterprise and business sectors, running award winning campaigns, supporting enterprise and building teams. She founded the Social Change Agency in 2013 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 ambassador for Do-.it.org. @estherforeman
Carol has over 20 years’ experience in non-profit, public and business sectors, supporting organisations to co-create strategies, plans, projects and campaigns with colleagues, partners and networks. She is a 2010 Clore Social Fellow and Chair of the PSHE Association. @caro_beau
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.
Rachel specialises in digital innovation, campaigning and fundraising and has decades of experience working with dozens of local, national and international campaigns and fundraising drives, from small charities to big household names. She was voted UK’s Top 50 Most Influential People in Fundraising in Civil Society’s poll in 2013, and was nominated for the Care2 Europe Impact award in 2014. Rachel is also the Green Party’s spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills. @Rachel_shares
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.
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 (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
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