Students' union officers and staff from across the UK gathered in Manchester on 11 November for the community organising event "We Are The Change".
At the event, a new community organising project launched, which aims to support students’ unions capacity to develop local action and community organising across the student movement, equip them with community organising and campaigning skills, hear from and question a panel of experts in the field of community organising, and looking forward to general election 2015 and consider how together we can win the general election for students through community organising, and provide a chance to network and develop practical alliances with other organisers, campaigners and activists.
We were joined by a fantastic line up of speakers. Community organising expert and campaigner, Mike Kane of Movement for Change delivered a keynote address, and leading activists Maurice Glasman (Labour peer and lecturer at London Metropolitan University’s centre for faith and citizenship) and Arnie Graf (who cut his teeth in Chicago as a community organiser, alongside a young Barack Obama, and served as director of its Industrial Areas Foundation) shared their unique perspectives on community organising and how students can apply these in our communities.
An addition to this, a range of skills workshops were available for delegates to choose on the day, facilitated by NUS, Brighton SU, Nottingham SU, TUC, Citizens UK, Movement for Change, Bite the Ballot and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.
Follow the timeline from #WeAreTheChange here.