The media in Northern Ireland must help deliver real change

By Steven McCaffery
IN MAY the British and Irish governments launched talks to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly, but we have yet to see any appetite to tackle deeper underlying problems.

The needs of political parties have long trumped the needs of communities in the North, but there might also be deeper reasons why the process seems […]

By |June 24th, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

SCI hosts its 2019 global activism and leadership convening

By Steven McCaffery
THE Social Change Initiative is set to host its 2019 Global Activist and Leadership Convening in Northern Ireland.

More than 50 activists from around the world will gather from June 12-14 for events and discussions on the theme of Borders and Boundaries.

The activist network is inter-generational, international and involved in innovative work which stretches […]

By |June 6th, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

Research on European attitudes helps explain halt of the populist surge

By Steven McCaffery

A SURGE in support for populist politics was supposed to be the story of the European Elections, but it hasn’t happened.

Instead we’ve seen the emergence of a more complex picture, including the growth of the Green movement.

But there are other factors that may have fed into a blunting of populism across Europe, despite […]

By |June 2nd, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

‘Refugees escaping war are not a problem for Greeks’

Dominika Spyratou is an Advocacy Officer with SOLIDARITYNOW, an organisation supporting those most affected by the economic and humanitarian crises in Greece. She looks back on the launch of an important new report on the country that took place in May.  Dominika is a mentee  in the Social Change Initiative’s (SCI) migration mentoring programme – […]

By |May 31st, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

New documentary raises questions over dementia care in Northern Ireland

BY THE year 2050 it is predicted dementia will affect up to 60,000 people in Northern Ireland.

Now a new documentary screened today for the first time looks at the lives of four people diagnosed with dementia and charts their experiences.

The new film by Erica Starling Productions, supported by The Social Change Initiative, is being launched […]

By |April 9th, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

When change-makers face change

Inspiring leaders play a pivotal role in driving non-profit organisations, but what happens when those figureheads have to move on? Denise Charlton has used her own extensive experience, plus interviews with other activists, to publish a guide on how to handle change at the top.

OVER the past 25 years, I have experience exiting two non-profit […]

By |March 21st, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

Migration in Europe: civil society is shifting the debate

WHEN the global refugee emergency reached Europe’s shores in 2015, governments struggled to cope. But Steven McCaffery of the Social Change Initiative charts how imaginative work by civil society is bearing fruit at a pivotal time.

ELECTIONS to the European Parliament have often seemed like little more than a distraction from domestic politics, but the contests […]

By |March 7th, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

SEMINAR: Leadership Succession and Transition in Not for Profits

Executive transitions and leadership succession can be difficult for all organisations, with specific challenges for non-profits. This seminar will discuss the latest literature and theory and the practical experience of leaders non-profit organisations working in the area of social change.  The discussions will highlight the challenges, lessons learnt, and the opportunities presented when managing transitions […]

By |February 11th, 2019|Updates|0 Comments

The Struggle for Europe’s Soul

By Avila Kilmurray

December 2018 – the ‘Salvini decree’ passes in Italy, abolishing humanitarian protection from migrants that have been deemed ineligible for refugee status but that can’t be deported back to their country of origin.  In Denmark, the Danish Government joined forces with the Danish People’s Party to adopt a plan to move up to […]

By |December 19th, 2018|Updates|0 Comments

“We are all migrants” declare Christian leaders from around the world

POLITICAL crises over migration and the plight of refugees remain high on the international agenda, but calls for humane and thoughtful responses are also gaining greater prominence.

Research supported by SCI on attitudes towards migration in Europe challenged simple narratives around public opinion and exposed the complex range of factors influencing the views of individuals.

In France, despite […]

By |November 23rd, 2018|Updates|0 Comments