Campaigning Forum 2019

Campaigning. Fundraising. Volunteering. Leadership. Media. Digital. Where thought leaders come to learn.

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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: Campaigning in a world of fear mongering and fake news

In the last years, there has been a dramatic change in tone in countries around the world as political leaders are elected who may undermine decades of progress. One analysis of this is that growing numbers of people have been left behind and are expressing their frustration via the ballot box. Yet this frustration is being better mobilised by extremist groups like the far right despite through fear and lies. Could this be because most campaigning groups are content to engage only those convinced? What about the larger group of undecided? How are people's opinions set sustained? At the 2019 Campaigning Forum we'll be exploring how to get better at engaging more people and sustaining that support!

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.

Draft Agenda

In 2019, 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

Mon Apr 8

Pre Event Courses

09:00-17:30
Oxford & London

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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 (Keble College dining room)
21:00+ Connect to kick-start connections and conversations (Keble College pub)

Tue Apr 9
Oxford

Campaigning Forum 2019 Day One

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Time Summary
07:30 A morning walk or run for early risers in beautiful Oxford or Oxford University Parks. Meet at Keble College main reception
08:00 Participants in on-site accommodation: Breakfast & registration & discussion (dining room)
08:45 Participants in off-site accommodation: registration, coffee/tea, informal discussions
09:00 Welcome, introduction and agenda review (Room: Arco)
09:15 Warm-up activities and speed networking
10:00

Introduction to Open Space

10:15 Open Space Knowledge Exchange A
11.15 Coffee/tea break
11:45

Plenary speaker (Room: O'Reilly Theatre)

To be confirmed
12:30 Lunch (dining room)
13:30 Peer Presentations
  • To be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
14:20 Open Space knowledge exchange B
15:30 Coffee/tea break
16:15 Open Space knowledge exchange C
17:15 Ignite talks (7 minutes each):
  • To be confirmed based on participant contributions
  • (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
18:30 Speed Pitching & Apero
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. Engaging Networks - TBC
  2. ...more to be confirmed
20:00 Dinner (Dining room)
21:00+ Keble College Pub

Wed Apr 10

Campaigning Forum 2019 Day Two

Time Summary
07:30 A morning walk or run for early risers in beautiful Oxford or Oxford University Parks. Meet at Keble College main reception
08:00 Participants in on-site accommodation: Breakfast & registration & discussion (dining room)
08:45 Participants in off-site accommodation: registration, coffee/tea, informal discussions
09:00 Day two agenda review, pulse check and agenda setting
09:30 Peer Presentations
  • Getting punched in the face: what to do when your campaign fails right at the start.
    It's the story of WeDialogue, and a rapid learning / pivot process to completely rework the message, target audience and sign-up process so we could go from getting absolutely no email list, with no traction at all, even from people we knew (!) to hundreds of people signing up a day.
  • More to be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
10:15 Open Space knowledge exchange D
11:15 Coffee/tea break
11:45

Plenary speaker (Room: O'Reilly Theatre)

To be confirmed
12:30 Lunch (dining room)
13:30 Open Space knowledge exchange E
14:30 Coffee/tea break
15:00 Teach In: share skills or knowledge with others.
  • To be confirmed based on participant contributions
  • (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
16:30 Ignite Talks
  • To be confirmed based on participant contributions
  • (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)
17:30 Event formally ends
19:00+ Dinner and drinks in Oxford: Self-organised for those staying around

Thu Apr 11

Post Event Courses

09:00-17:30
London

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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. Its called open space (see the methodology).

2019 participants so far

Participant's Name Role Organisation Country Online
Duane Raymond Founder FairSay UK LI Tw
Alex Lloyd Hunter Executive Director Forward Action UK
Alexander Lawrenson Mobilisation Officer Diabetes UK UK LI Tw
Andie Vilela Education and Campaigns Manager Redwings Horse Sanctuary UK LI Tw
Andrew Khan-Gordon Campaigns Communicator The International Transport Workers' Federation UK LI Tw
Brian Fitzgerald Director & Chief Punctuation Officer Dancing Fox Netherlands LI Tw
Catherine Joyce Digital Communications Consultant Catherine Joyce UK LI Tw
Anonymous - Transnational Institute Netherlands
Dmytro Potekhin Founder & CEO FakesRadar.org Ukraine LI
Eugene Flynn Director 54 Degrees Ireland LI Tw
Eve Jackson Activism Campaigns Manager Mencap UK Tw
Florian Engel Director more onion UK LI Tw
Glyn Thomas Digital communications consultant Freelance UK LI Tw
Jazmin Glen Campaigns Officer The Children's Society UK LI
Jean O'Brien Head of Digital / Founder Barnardos Ireland / Digital Charity Lab Ireland LI Tw
Jess Graham Community Builder Transnational Institute Netherlands Tw
Joe Escalante Coney Co-Executive Director Forward Action UK LI Tw
Melissa Koutouzis Communications Officer, campaigner Transnational Institute Germany Tw
Mike Zeidler Roving Mike ASP/Happy City/Funky Spaces UK LI Tw
Naomi Tilley Assistant Campaigner - Policy and Advocacy Woodland Trust UK LI Tw
Natasha Adams Social change consultant & trainer Thinking Doing Changing UK LI Tw
Oscar Webb Content producer Which? UK
Rachel Collinson Donor Whisperer : D UK LI Tw
Rhiannan Sullivan Director, Europe Care2 UK LI Tw
Sarah Shorley Programme Delivery Lead - Tree Charter Woodland Trust UK Tw
Sharon Natt Digital Campaigner Amnesty International UK UK
Simon Francis Founder Member Campaign Collective UK LI Tw
Vanessa Pearce Digital Engagement Coordinator Amnesty International UK
Victoria Henry Senior campaigner, privacy and surveillance OpenMedia UK Tw
Will Cardy Search Marketing Manager Platypus Digital UK LI Tw

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 Oct 23, 2018,