Bob Thust, CEO, Practical Governance
Esther Foreman, CEO, The Social Change Agency
The Social Change Agency and Practical Governance have supported over 100 social purpose organisations, networks and people to navigate the complex realities of creating social change. Increasingly, we see them looking to create social change through funding and building social movements. And we see them struggling to adapt traditional ways of thinking around institutional infrastructure to be fit to serve movement members.
The change makers we work with are familiar with the models that serve movements well, like dispersed leadership, grassroots participation and collective decision making. But they often struggle to put them into practice because their organisations fear the consequences of letting go and losing control, or the system they operate in requires them to have a hierarchical structure. Their external comms may talk the language of social movements, but their internal governance models, decision-making processes and organising tools haven't evolved. So they come unstuck when their movement starts taking on a life of its own and its members start demanding or doing things that weren't in their organisation's five year plan.
So we decided to stage Losing Control to work through the practical realities of building a culture and infrastructure that's fit for purpose for the age of the social movement, with people who've been there, are going there and have the skills and tools to help.
Taking place against the background the Skoll World Forum and hosted by Marmalade over 5th-6th April, this event is open to anyone who's interested and willing to bring their ideas and experiences and get involved. And the best bit is that we'll share the learning, resources and tools here - for all to access. So if you can't be there, you don't have to miss out.
We hope to see you in Oxford, or back on this site again soon as we reveal who's taking part and why, and add resources before, during and after the event.