What is Campaign Bootcamp?
If you're fired up about creating positive change and want to learn how to be an effective campaigner, then Campaign Bootcamp is for you. It is a year long training programme designed to give you the skills, community and confidence you need to run powerful campaigns.
The programme starts with a week-long residential training, which is followed by a year of mentoring, further training and community support.
Campaign Bootcamp isn’t like your average training. It’s a fun, immersive, interactive experience where you get to try everything you’re learning.
Applications for Bootcamp 8 are now closed.
Bootcamp 8 will run from 2nd - 7th of October in an accessible venue east of London. The deadline for applications was 9am on 11th August 2016 (UK).
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You’ll leave the course with a network of campaigners and trainers that you can tap into to supercharge your campaigns. Here’s what a few recent Bootcamp graduates said about the programme:
Who comes on Campaign Bootcamp?
Bootcamp is for anyone dreaming of building a fairer, greener and better world. To give you more of an idea here's a few recent graduates:
I do campaigns for the Swedish campaign organisation Skiftet. I'm really interested in equality between men and women and in making better conditions for the young generation (my generation). On my free time I love skiing, sailing and biking.
I'm Fran, and I work on climate campaigns that challenge people to see climate change as something personal and emotional. Things that make me tick: community and communal living, working for a better food system, and migrant rights (and figuring out how to combine all three!)
I'm a postgraduate student in disability studies and global development. Disability is an issue I'm particularly passionate about due to personal experience and it has led me to build disability based social enterprises. This is what keeps me busy and helps me to make a huge difference.
I work for the British Red Cross, advocating on issues of refugee and asylum seekers in the UK, health and social care and first aid. My advocacy background is in immigration detention and I remain passionate about the subject.
I've travelled a lot, a veteran volunteer, fundraiser & activist just about to start a paid internship with 38 degrees. I've most recently been working to engage young people in social action; engaging, educating and empowering the next generation of leaders. I am passionate about so many different social issues and am currently trying to expand my knowledge and campaign nous on the links between environmentalism and social justice.
I'm a 20 year old student of life with a deep-seated love for the environment and burning passion for egalitarian causes. I create podcasts on activism in London for Inform My Opinion and I support many different environmental and social justice organisations and groups in London.
I am a retired local government officer and now devote my time to campaigning in Haringey mainly in health matters .I am a leading member of the local 38 Degrees group and have campaigned recently to stop the sell off of a local hospital St Anns ,on social care provision, against TTIP , and against Council services cuts.
I am passionate that the changes to Health and Social Care Space don't disadvantage the Disabled and Vulnerable members of our Society. I am also active campaigner in all matters of Equality, in particular in the area of accessibility to public transport, buildings and services to persons with (pan-)disabilities and in particular those are Wheelchair bound.
I care about the disparities in levels of education amongst young people, the trauma faced by young women and girls who witness murder and the affects of relationship abuse, sexual and gang associated violence.
What will you learn?
We’ve designed the Bootcamp syllabus to give you the key skills you need to succeed. Over the year you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in these five areas:
Strategy: How you plan a powerful campaign
Tactics: What you'll do to achieve your campaign goals
Power analysis: Where power lies and how you can use that in your campaign
Digital tools - Finding and using tools to take your campaign online
Storytelling - How you can tell a story that empowers people to take action
Recruiting members - How to get people involved with your campaign
Media - How to get your campaign in the media
Email & social media - How to communicate online
Who trains at Campaign Bootcamp?
We spend lots of time finding fantastic campaigners who pass on what they know to you! They come from a range of fields and backgrounds and are all focussed on helping you run more effective campaigns.
We have different trainers for each bootcamp to keep the syllabus up to date, but here are some people who have trained for us in the past:
Rachel Collinson was voted in the UK's Top 50 Most Influential People in Fundraising. Over her 15 year career in the nonprofit digital sector, she has worked with dozens of local, national and international campaigns and fundraising drives, from small charities to big household names. Her most high-profile projects have been the 'Save Santa's Home' campaign for Greenpeace and '64 For Suu' for the Burma Campaign UK. She likes LOLcats, being honest about her failings, and Pepsi Max (a bit too much)...
Carys has been working in communications for what feels like a lifetime but is actually seven years. She started out doing media for a parliamentary candidate who is now an MP. Then she spent three years at a PR and public affairs agency working for companies like Eurostar, BlackBerry and Universal Music. Until recently she headed up the communications team at the New Economics Foundation, but she just left to work for another politician, shadow civil society minister Lisa Nandy.
Tom Pollard is Policy and Campaigns Manager for the Social Inclusion and Rights team at the mental health charity Mind. Tom has worked at Mind since 2010 in various roles, before which he worked for an MP in Parliament. His team works on issues around access to justice, benefits and welfare, and human rights and equality. Tom has co-chaired the Disability Benefits Consortium (a coalition of over 60 charities), is the co-ordinator of the Campaigns Forum, and sits on the steering group of the Who Benefits? campaign. He is also a trustee of Lambeth and Southwark Mind.
Brie has over 7 years experience in online campaigning. Starting out with the innovative Australian online advocacy group GetUp! Brie then went on to work for a number of UK NGOs including Oxfam and the Global Campaign for Education, helping them build better online campaigning communities. She's now UK Country Director at Change.org, the world's largest online petition website with 65 million users worldwide and 4.5 million in the UK.
Nadia worked as a journalist for a decade before moving into PR. She's worked on a range of national news titles including the Metro, MailOnline, and the Daily Star after starting out on local papers.
She is currently UK communications manager at Change.org. Her job is to work with petition starters and to support them in telling their stories to the media.
James is head of Innovation and digital tactics at 38 Degrees. He has a background in website building and bringing data to life. He runs rapid campaigns out of his living room along with Bex.
Before becoming a freelance campaigns consultant in July 2013, Hannah Lownsbrough was the founding Campaigns Director of 38 Degrees, a community of UK citizens campaigning together on the issues they care about. As a consultant, her clients have included GetUp.org.au, Friends of the Earth, SumOfUs.org and Save the Children International.
Alasdair is Christian Aid’s Campaigns Manager. He has been involved in a range of campaigns on issues such as tax, trade and climate. @alroxburgh
Cian is an activist, technologist and academic. He is former technology director at 38 Degrees, the UK's largest people powered campaigning movement, where he continues to advise on technology strategy. There he successfully campaigned to halt the privatisation of England's woodlands, took on big energy companies, and was awed by hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members together affecting real change.
Cian researches and teaches at SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex. His research interests include the sociology of large technological systems, and innovation for sustainability.
Cian recently co-founded Uplift.ie, Ireland's first people powered campaigning organisation.
Costs and Scholarships
It costs £3000 to attend Bootcamp, which covers all the costs - all the money we receive goes back into making Bootcamp possible and as good as it can be; we don't make a profit.
However, we know that most activists can't pay this and we therefore offer scholarships for those who can't afford the training.
There are two types of place at Bootcamp:
If you work (paid or unpaid) for a large NGO (Oxfam, Greenpeace etc) your organisation will pay the full cost of your place (£3000).
You pay what you can afford or you pay a reduced fee if you work for a small or medium-sized NGO which can contribute to the cost; the rest is covered by one of the following scholarships.
This is a broad scholarship that can go to campaigners of colour / BME campaigners, disabled campaigners, feminist campaigners, campaigners from socially deprived areas, refugees, working class campaigners, LGBTQ campaigners or campaigners working on mental health issues.
An emergency scholarship for people who want to fight back against racism and/or xenophobia, made possible by the teams at Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Unbound.