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Esther Foreman

Esther Foreman

Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011

Update September 2011

The past 4 months has seen me move from a more reflective, learning space to a dynamic, active space. I’ve been keen to apply all the things I have learnt in the first few months of my Fellowship and have actively sought out placements and experiences to test, stretch and strengthen my learnings.

As well as spending some time in Parliament to see how it feels to be lobbied from the other side, I have also spent some time with my mentor’s charity, Tomorrow’s People. This was an excellent opportunity to work with a very different type of charity, while also a valuable time to see what it was like to experience the leadership of Baroness Scott within an organisation.

I’ve also cemented my research and secured my supervisor, Dr Andy Williams. I have decided to look at what makes campaigning organisations successful by conducting an enthnographic comparison of four very different types of campaigning movements. I am looking to see what, if anything, do they have in common. The findings of this, I hope, will form the basis for anyone in the sector who is thinking of starting a campaigning organisation.

Lastly, I secured my three-month secondment at Purpose, a digital communications agency in New York who specialise in building huge movements of people for political change.  It’s very exciting as they operate globally and have just launched a gay rights movement in Brazil. I will involved in developing a very different type of campaigning movement and I am looking forward to be stretched over the next three months. 

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/estherforeman
Twitter: @lokitamara
Personal website/ blog: www.thesocialchangeagency.org/blog

Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: The Social Change Agency
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: MS Society
Other leadership role 2: Non Executive Director
Other organisation 2: ivo

Research: Peering In: An anaylsis of public and charity sector lobbying in the House of Lords
Research topics: Campaigning; Charity; Impact; Leadership; Media; Policy; Public sector;
Secondment host: Purpose
Secondment host 2: Tomorrow's People

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