The pros and cons of coalition and alliance building

Campaign Network
5 December 2017
15.00 - 17.30
Free and exclusive to CharityComms members (charities only)

These events are for heads of campaigns and campaign leads only as we will be discussing strategic issues.

Stroke Association
240 City Road

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In a shrinking space for civil society and campaigning organisations, there’s an increasing need to create coalitions and build alliances with other organisations when we’re facing a collective problem.

At this event we’ll be discussing the best steps we can take to create clever coalitions that really have impact. We’ll be joined by Crisis Action discussing the model they use to campaign on conflict issues, which is also designed to help anyone seeking to unlock the power of joint working through coalitions to create change on any issue: from development through to climate change, human rights and beyond.

We’ll then break into facilitator-led discussions around the topic, before ending with networking and well-deserved wine.

Questions to consider for the discussions:

  • Is there a trade-off between increasing campaigning impact versus challenges around brand and fundraising? If so, how do we handle these?
  • Should alliance building just be around campaigning or should it be the approach of the third sector to all matters?
  • How do you decide where responsibilities lie in a coalition?
  • How do you agree on a common position and priorities? For example, some organisations may have different policy positions from others, or some may wish to use tougher language and tactics than others.
  • What set of leadership behaviours encourage coalition working? And how can we encourage them?
  • How should a coalition handle celebration of a success?

Exclusively for heads of campaigns working in UK charities and not-for-profits with a turnover of more than £2 million (CharityComms charity members only)

To be added to the Campaign Network mailing list or if you’re interested in sponsoring this group, please contact Harriet Smith

About the Campaign Network

The Campaign Network is a joint initiative from CharityComms and the Social Change Agency looking to address a gap for heads of campaigns and campaign leads in UK charities for strategic development, campaign sector development and professional development.

The Network will provide an opportunity for campaign peers to meet to discuss important issues at a strategic level, in order to raise the standard around campaigning. The format of the afternoon is a round-table discussion, led by our excellent facilitators, feeding into the group as a whole.


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