Campaigning Forum 2020
Where thought leaders come to learn.
At the Campaigning Forum, you set your agenda and we help you find others who share it. Speakers and panels are there to provoke thought. Result: you learn more and connect with more people. This is the way events should be.
There are been some big political shifts in the last few years as well as new developments in campaigning. So at ECF 2020 we’ll discuss these. The theme for the event will be chosen based on discussion on the ECF email list over the month of January.
Event impact: incubator for change initiatives
Every year, ECF event participants leave the event and go on to have an amazing impact with their campaigning. They do this not only because they are amazing campaigners, but also because of people they connect with to learn from and work with beyond the event. This is how ECF has always been designed: as an incubator for change initiatives.
Focus: participants, not speakers
Most events used speakers as bait to attract paying ‘attendees’. ECF is participant-focused: it is designed to be the most effective and natural learning and networking environment for the participants. This means you should focus on three things in deciding to participate:
- Your learning goals: What do you want/need to learn?
- Who is coming (see the latest list): Are there other people coming to the event who you can learn from?
- Your contribution: What experiences and perspectives are you bringing and do you wish to present them?
The role of the organisers is to create the right mix of people for amazing learning to occur and to ensure this process is well facilitated. The role of speakers is to stimulate you and provide a common experience for discussing with others.
Who should come?
21st campaigning is increasingly shown to be successful not because a team of campaign experts run it, but by project teams with diverse expertise, often campaigners, fundraisers, volunteer managers, media officers, policy experts, digital experts/innovators and beyond. The Campaigning Forum is one of the few events that brings this mix of people together to connect, share and learn from each other on how to influence change.
The Campaigning Forum runs on ‘Chatham House Rules’ (= nothing is attributed without permission) so everybody can freely talk about their failures and successes.
If there is a topic you’re itching to learn about or to share, come along and suggest the session. The Campaigning Forum is the place to find others who share your interests.
In 2020, there will be a dedicated slot for presentations and open space sessions about having a campaigning impact, specifically:
- Deepening and building political engagement amongst supporters
- Effective influencing strategies
- Getting supportive media coverage
- Developing and sustaining local influencer communities