Campaigning Forum 2023 Oxford

March 21-23

Meet and learn with top and upcoming campaigners

Why Campaigning Forum is different: participants set the agenda

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


Just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed my first ever #CampaigningForum. I wish we’d had longer!

Rachel George

Vital information

  1. Who: Campaigners, fundraisers, media officers, volunteer managers, digital experts, managers, etc.
  2. Where: St Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdowm
  3. Capacity: 100
  4. Cost: £550 until Feb 18, then £650 + optionals

Confirmed participants

Campaigning Forum 2023

The 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

Event Arrivals


‘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 ofOpen Space methodologywill 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

Campaigning Forum 2023 – Day One

Campaigning Forum 2023

08:30 Registration, coffee/tea, informal discussions
09:00 Welcome, introduction and agenda review
09:15 Warm-up activities and speed networking

Introduction to Open Space


Open Space knowledge exchange A

Room: Various

11.15 Coffee/tea break

Plenary: Zeitgeist Lab  

12:30 Lunch

Peer presentations

Room: Various

  1. Podcasting workshop: Exploring how we at the Transnationals Institute (TNI) put together our podcast, share experiences and brainstorm other ways to make a podcast successful. (Denis Burke, Transnationals Institute) 
  2. Graphic design secrets (Jean O’Brien, Digital Charity Labs)

Open Space knowledge exchange B

Room: Various

15:30 Coffee/tea break

Open Space knowledge exchange C

Room: Various


Ignite talks (7 min each)

  1. The Peat-za box: ‘It’s pizza, but not as we know it’ which is an engagement tool to get people interested in peatlands! (Sara Booth-Card, Wildlife Trusts)
  2. The Rooftop News: a news site which aims to platform positive news stories, to amplify maligned voices and offer an alternative to the constantly negative mainstream news cycle (Lizzie Lewis, Campaign Collective)
  3. How to get rid of your website’s consent banner (Juri Maier, wegewerk)
  4. UK Online Safety Bill, and the implications of its proposals for campaigners (Pam Cowburn, Open Rights Group)
  5. See what it takes to deliver an ignite-style talk.


    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. Campaign Collective (Lizzie Lewis and Ian Morton)
    2. (Duane Raymond)
    3. Nick Chowdrey (WaterAid): I’m going freelance!
    4. Care2, Rhiannan Sullivan 
    20:00 Dinner
    21:00+ Social

    Thu Mar 23

    Campaigning Forum 2023 – Day Two

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

    Open Space knowledge exchange D


    Open Space knowledge exchange E

    Room: Various

    11:15 Coffee/tea break

    Plenary: Feminist leadership

    A personal journey, practical steps to how we’re re-building the agency to shift power (Alex Kent and Kate Muhwezi, co-CEO of Restless Development)

    12:30 Lunch

    Open Space knowledge exchange F

    Room: TBC

    14:30 Coffee/tea break

    Teach-in: share skills or knowledge with others

    Room: Various

    1. Social storytelling method workshop (Jean O’Brien, Digital Charity Labs)
    2. Adventures with AI: Using ChatGPT and other AI tools in your day (Duane Raymond, FairSay).

    To be confirmed based on participant contributions (participants propose a presentation in the application or later)


    Ignite Talks (7 min each)

    1. The case for reuse (Keira Roth, The Developer Society)
    2. 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

    Contact FairSay

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