Nordic Campaigning Forum 2017

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

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 against the current

2016 has seen a dramatic change in tone in countries around the world as political leaders are elected who may undermine decades of progress. While this hasn't happened in the Nordic countries, there are people and parties aspiring to it. One analysis of this is that growing numbers of people have been left behind and are expressing their frustration via the ballet box. Most campaigning groups have also be content to engage those already converted to their causes. This needs to change. At the eCampaigning Forum Nordics 2017 we'll be exploring how to get better at engaging the rest!

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

Why is the agenda mostly empty of details? Because as a participant-led event, the details are filled in by those who choose to participate! Initially, input with potential participants will be taken to determine the speakers and theme, and then as people book, they will have a chance to present and propose topics. At the event itself, an agenda setting activity will turn the topic ideas into actual sessions.

Tue Aug 29

Pre ECF Trainings




'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 (dining room)
21:00+ Connect to kick-start connections and conversations (local bar)

Wed Aug 30

Campaigning Forum 2017 Day One

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Time Summary
07:30 A morning walk or run for early risers in beautiful Copenhagen. Meet at venue 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

Warm-up activities and speed networking


Introduction to Open Space

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

Plenary speaker (Main room)

  • TBC
12:30 Lunch (dining room)
13:30 Peer Presentations
  • TBC
14:20 Open Space knowledge exchange B
15:30 Coffee/tea break
16:00 Skills marketplace
17:00 Ignite talks (7 minutes each):
  • TBC
20:00 Dinner (Dining room)
21:00+ Local bar

Thu Mar 23

Campaigning Forum 2017 Day Two

Time Summary
07:30 A morning walk or run for early risers in beautiful Copenhagen. Meet at venue 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
  • TBC
10:15 Open Space knowledge exchange C
11:15 Coffee/tea break

Plenary speaker

  • TBC
12:30 Lunch (dining room)
13:30 Open Space knowledge exchange D
14:30 Teach In: share skills or knowledge with others.
  • TBC
15:45 Coffee/tea break
16:15 Ignite Talks
  • TBC

Closing Session

17:30 Event formally ends
19:00+ Dinner and drinks in Copenhagen: 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 bar. 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).

2017 Participants


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 Camp15 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 constantly been ahead of this shift, and in 2017 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 Apr 26, 2017,