He’ll be candidly sharing his experiences leading FoE’s recent ‘renewal’ of the organisation’s strategy and be looking at the challenges of reorienting a 45-year old organisation, whose focus had drifted to Westminster and wonkery, back to its roots as an enabler of grassroots action - with an understanding that our power lies with people organising themselves.
He’ll also give an insight into where FoE’s going next, the areas where they think we still need to retain some control, and how strategy change is just the beginning. And he’ll also share his own journey from the snob who thought members, volunteers and supporters were a (necessary?) evil to being a champion of losing control.
Why I'm Losing Control
Because control ≠ power. We don’t build and maintain the power to make change happen by assuming that it’s ‘expert’-led, and by continually relating to people instrumentally as passive ‘supporters’.
What I'm bringing to the party
The experience of leading Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s recent renewal of strategy - which aims to return people power to the centre of how we make change happen, but in a new context.
What I want to leave with
A community of people grappling with similar challenges, to support each other when we try, fail, learn and - hopefully - frequently succeed in building better movements.