Bootcamp is for anyone who wants to change the world and is eager to learn the best way to make that happen.
The Bootcamp programme lasts a year and consists of three carefully designed elements:
A one week residential designed to give campaigners the foundations they need to win
A year of follow up training, designed to build on their foundations
A mentor programme, which helps campaigners apply what they’ve learnt
The course is taught by the best! We look for the best practitioners around and help them deliver excellent training. They teach strategy, tactics, fundraising, working with the media, copy production, avoiding burnout, direct action and much more! Here's a quick course overview:
You'll meet a community of campaigners from right across the UK who will cheer you on as you make change happen. Here's a few of them:
You'll get to learn from the best campaigners around. Trainers are confirmed a few months before Bootcamp, but here are some of the amazing trainers who have taught at Bootcamp over the past 18 months:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kajal campaigns at Change.org. She previously supported young people to get into politics at UK Youth Parliament and campaigned for charities on a range of issues from homelessness to cancer support.
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
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