Campaigning Forum March 21-23 2023

Where thought leaders come to learn and get reenergised

#ECFOxford: March 21-23, 2023

At the Campaigning Forum, you set your agenda and we help you find others who share it. Speakers and panels are there to provoke thought. Result: you learn more and connect with more people. This is the way events should be.

Theme TBC: the event is driven by the input from Campaigning Forum community members and participants...so this will be updated when this theme is decided based on input! (by late Dec 2022)

Sharing and learning in-person together has never been so important. After the pandemic, climate change forecasts, anti-discrimination movements  and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, coming together offers a change to connect in-person, build our individual resilience and re-energise ourselves for the challenges ahead as the world changes faster than ever.

The dynamics of local, national and global power are shifting, but are campaigns and campaigning organisations keeping up? The has been a global rise of the mistrust in media, governments and 'others'. At the Campaigning Forum 2023, participants will explore how campaigning can develop in response to this power shift, retain relevance and create change in an uncertain world.

Stay ahead: Since shifting power is partly driven by what the digital revolution as unleashed, the Campaigning Forum community and event is the only UK and European conference with deep native expertise in both - and is thus an ideal place to explore this year before others catch up (as usual).

Event impact: incubator for change initiatives

Every year, ECF event participants leave the event and go on to have an amazing impact with their campaigning. They do this not only because they are amazing campaigners, but also because of people they connect with to learn from and work with beyond the event. This is how ECF has always been designed: as an incubator for change initiatives.

Focus: participants, not speakers

Most events used speakers as bait to attract paying 'attendees'. ECF is participant-focused: it is designed to be the most effective and natural learning and networking environment for the participants. This means you should focus on three things in deciding to participate:

  1. Your learning goals: What do you want/need to learn?
  2. Who is coming (see the latest list): Are there other people coming to the event who you can learn from?
  3. Your contribution: What experiences and perspectives are you bringing and do you wish to present them?

The role of the organisers is to create the right mix of people for amazing learning to occur and to ensure this process is well facilitated. The role of speakers is to stimulate you and provide a common experience for discussing with others.

Who should come?

21st campaigning is increasingly shown to be successful not because a team of campaign experts run it, but by project teams with diverse expertise, often campaigners, fundraisers, volunteer managers, media officers, policy experts, digital experts/innovators and beyond. The Campaigning Forum is one of the few events that brings this mix of people together to connect, share and learn from each other on how to influence change.

The Campaigning Forum runs on ‘Chatham House Rules’ (= nothing is attributed without permission) so everybody can freely talk about their failures and successes.

If there is a topic you’re itching to learn about or to share, come along and suggest the session. The Campaigning Forum is the place to find others who share your interests.

Convincing your budget holder to let you join.

  1. Making the case for joining the Campaigning Forum event, Anya Pearson (Contentious)
  2. How I (and my staff) benefited from the Campaigning Forum event by Alison Goldsworthy (then working at Which?)
  3. The best piece of advice I ever ignored by Rachel Collinson
  4. How to make the most of Campaigning Forum events by Duane Raymond

Agenda

In 2023, there will be a dedicated slot for presentations and open space sessions about having a campaigning impact, specifically:

  1. Deepening and building political engagement amongst supporters
  2. Effective influencing strategies
  3. Getting supportive media coverage
  4. Developing and sustaining local influencer communities

Tue March 21
Oxford

Event Arrivals

18:00-19:30

'Open Space Leadership' briefing

This informal pre-dinner session will offer the chance to get the ball rolling and start to gather ideas and proposals for Open Space sessions. Join us to:
  • share ideas and tips on successful Open Space groups
  • review the potential agenda topics and themes that emerge from the participant questionnaires with a fun topic-sorting exercise
  • help start to shape the Campaigning Forum agenda, working in groups to start developing session proposals.
Open to all, though a working knowledge of Open Space methodology will be assumed.
19:30-20:30 Dinner: Kick-start connections and conversations with Campaigning Forum participants
21:00+ Connect to kick-start connections and conversations

Wed MaR 22 
Oxford

Campaigning Forum 2023 Day One

Campaigning Forum 2023 logo
Time Summary
08:30 Registration, coffee/tea, informal discussions
09:00 Welcome, introduction and agenda review
09:15 Warm-up activities and speed networking
10:00

Introduction to Open Space

10:15 Open Space Knowledge Exchange A (Room: Various)
11.15 Coffee/tea break
11:45

TBC

12:30 Lunch
13:30

Peer Presentations (Room: Various)

  1. To be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
14:30 Open Space knowledge exchange B (Room: Various)
15:30 Coffee/tea break
16:15 Open Space knowledge exchange C  (Room: Various)
17:15

Ignite talks (7 minutes each)

  1. To be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later).  See what it takes to deliver an ignite-style talk.
18:30

Speed Pitching & social
Service providers and consultants tell you what they offer, answer your questions and/or take your feedback. 5 minutes per table then rotate. Free drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks)

  1. PostBug.com (Duane Raymond)
  2. Dancing Fox (Brian Fitzgerald)
  3. more to be confirmed based on applications
20:00 Dinner
21:00+ Social

Thu Mar 22

Campaigning Forum 2023 Day Two

Time Summary
08:30 Registration, coffee/tea, informal discussions
09:00 Day two agenda review, pulse check and agenda setting
09:30

Peer Presentations (Room: Various)

  • ...more to be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
10:15 Open Space knowledge exchange D (Room: Various)
11:15 Coffee/tea break

11:45

Plenary speaker: TBC

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Open Space knowledge exchange E (Room: Various)
14:30 Coffee/tea break
15:00

Teach In: share skills or knowledge with others. (Room: Various)

  1. TBC based on participant proposals
To be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
16:30

Ignite Talks (7 min each)

  1. To be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later).  See what it takes to deliver an ignite-style talk.
17:30 Event formally ends
19:00+ Ad-hoc dinner and drinks in near venue - Self-organised for those staying around

How the agenda works

Many times when you reflect on the conference you realise that the best bits were chatting to people during the coffee break or in a pub. So at Campaigning Forum, slots (time and room) are provided to have your own discussions with other people at the conference without feeling that you are missing scheduled sessions. In fact, that is the majority of the event. It is called open space (see the methodology).

Approved March 2023 participants (loading...takes a few seconds)

Campaigning Forum History

Campaigning Forum started as the eCampaigning Forum (ECF) event in 2002 organised by Duane Raymond, then Oxfam's eCampaigning Manager. It evolved a highly anticipated and influential annual event plus a dynamic and highly active ECF global community that grows daily and has inspired similar events around the world like ECF Europe in Berlin, re:campaign in Berlin, Fwd in Australia and Camp16 in The Netherlands

Over the last decade, digital has shifted from a specialist role and an essential tool in campaigning and organisations. Campaigning Forum has consistently been ahead of this shift, and in 2018 is organised around key aspects of modern organisations: digital leadership, campaigning, fundraising, volunteering, media engagement and policy research and looking to the emerging trends. The aim is to bring together increasing diverse participants who share broadly similar goals around improving our world and connect them, help them learn from one another and inspire them to think beyond their current practices, roles and plans.

by Duane Raymond published Jun 01, 2020,