Building an ecosystem of diverse social justice campaigners in the United Kingdom.
London, United Kingdom
Bringing out other people’s superpowers
The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
In a world full of injustice, campaigners play a critical role in bringing attention to key issues and advocating for change. Yet, when ordinary people from marginalized communities want to challenge those in power, they often face an impasse, battling additional barriers to participation. Learning how to successfully campaign on important issues takes work, community, and mentorship, and these opportunities are not widely accessible to marginalized communities. The result is a democracy gap which leaves more privileged citizens with more power to advocate for their perspectives.
Campaign Bootcamp trains, supports, and mentors leaders to build a network of changemakers and win campaigns.. Campaign Bootcamp designs its trainings for marginalized voices and first-time campaigners in order to create diverse, resilient, and supportive communities. Campaign Bootcamp’s programs are available to anyone, with priorities for women, people of color, low-income, and the LGBTQ community. Graduates of the organization’s programs have gone on to testify before Parliament, organize national demonstrations, and be elected to local government. Johnny and his team also have created a train the trainer program, so organizations can spread the model even further. Each year, they train over 300 people through their programs, enabling graduates of the program to raise their voices and close the democracy gap.
“We launched a local campaign training program in 2017 and the first group to go through it was “Hope Rising Action,” a group of women campaigning for a system that stops punishing and blaming low-income and working class communities. Since the training, they’ve empowered local people living in poverty to speak out, they’ve met local council executives, members of Parliament and councillors. The most exciting thing to me is they have spent time building a network that supports, empowers and takes action with diverse groups across the city. They give me so much hope in knowing that a little training can support people to build power and bring about change in their community.”