The course is made up of 6 sessions (including two retreats) over 6 months. Each session is supported by visiting speakers and coaches with expertise in economic, political and systems change: from experienced campaigners to former establishment insiders.
Between sessions, participants also undertake reading, homework and attend action learning groups (small groups helping each other solve practical problems).
By the end of the course you’ll be able to:
The course is based on a belief that participants can teach each other as much, if not more, than the “teachers” can! So we design all of the sessions for maximum participation – where every voice is heard and where we learn from one another’s experience. There are certain topics that the facilitation team is passionate about bringing to the course. Beyond that, we are open to suggestions from participants on course topics and course design.
How are the economic, social and environmental problems we face connected? And what can we learn from theory and past experience about how meaningful change happens (both for better and worse)?
What world do we want to see? How might we get there? And what kind of leadership would empower us and others to create sustainable change? What kind of leader do I want to be?
What do effective strategies look like for tackling these big messy problems? What are the economic, political and cultural changes needed to move us towards our vision? What are the effective, practical campaigns that can help get us there?
How could we run our organisations to feel like open, friendly and effective places to work? How do we overcome the competitive nature of many of our organisations? How do we effectively collaborate?
What is our movement? What is it currently getting right – and getting wrong? How do we strengthen and diversify it? How do we take power and privilege issues seriously?
Where do we go from here? How will we work together to build the campaigns and organisations we need to win?
We are looking for 24 participants from 12 organisations or groups.
We are looking for pairs of campaigners, organisers and activists who:
We’ve found this process works best when your organisation or group works with you on your project and supports the programme. Therefore, although not essential we favour applications that include:
A place costs us around £2,500 for the six month programme (staff costs, travel, food, venues, accommodation, guest speakers, materials).
Where possible, we ask organisations to cover these costs:
In the application process it is up to you to choose your price banding. We don’t want to exclude any participants from the programme (even those from larger organisations). We can also provide some support for those without the funds to travel to London. Please speak to us about this if you have any questions.
The course gives participants access to a set of skills, knowledge and connections that you can’t get elsewhere. Graduates are better able to lead strategy, design campaigns and projects and run the sessions that develop them. They have a better understanding of how movements work and how to lead change. They come back more confident, passionate and better connected.
Finally, sending your campaigners on Campaign Lab is also a way of investing in a wider movement. In the kinds of skills, ideas and processes that we all need – as the testimonies show.Register now ...