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Working directly with grassroots activists, we design digital tools that make radical change possible.

Category
Project
Organisation
Just Treatment
Date
01.2021
Link
www.nhsnewdeal.org/

NHS New Deal

Just Treatment is a patient-led organisation campaigning to ensure everyone has fair access to high quality healthcare.

We worked with them on their new NHS New Deal campaign. The campaign calls for proper funding for our NHS, support for doctors and nurses, and putting the health of patients above the interests of big corporations.

The website offers an entry point for people to get involved in their people-powered campaign. From there, Just Treatment organisers can connect with these people directly, suggest ways for them to take action and put pressure on politicians to meet their demands.

Category
Project
Organisation
Peace Insight
Date
11.2020

Peace Insight

Peace Insight is an online platform for local analysis, insight and mapping on peacebuilding around the world.

We designed and developed a new website that highlights the stories of local peacebuilders. The new website allows for more content discovery and cross-linking between sections, weaving theoretical techniques of peacebuilding into stories about these techniques in action.

Category
Project
Organisation
Citizen Sense
Date
01.2021

Airsift

Airsift is part of a larger research project called Citizen Sense, which investigates the relationship between technologies and practices of environmental sensing and citizen engagement.

We worked with them to develop the new Airsift platform, which allows local groups to document their observations, analyse data from air quality monitors, and collect these into data stories.

Category
Project
Organisation
United Voices of the World
Date
01.2021

United Voices of the World

United Voices of the World is a grassroots trade union of low paid, migrant and precarious workers.

Since May 2020, we worked with them to establish a new digital system for their casework. The goal was to help improve their working processes and assist them in scaling up their operations.

We also helped migrate them to Zetkin, a platform for activism and relational organising.

Supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Category
Project
Organisation
Claim the Future
Date
06.2020

Claim the Future

We designed and developed the website and identity for Claim the Future, a project initiated by John McDonnell MP.

Claim the Future aims to respond to the economic and political upheaval caused by the pandemic by uniting the left behind a radical and optimistic vision of the future. The project links strategy with campaigning and action on the ground, bringing together a broad range of political actors to start imagining and building the future together.

In collaboration with Michael Oswell and Ilyanna Kerr.

Category
Project
Organisation
The World Transformed
Date
09.2020

The World Transformed 2020

The World Transformed is an annual political education festival. Due to coronavirus, they ran their month-long 2020 festival entirely online.

We supported them by converting their existing "read-only" website to be more interactive. This included building new functionality to enable attendees to log in and RSVP to events.

We also advised them on how to make the shift to a digital-first event, and contributed to their Brave New Digital World stream.

In collaboration with Robbie Blundell.

Category
Project
Organisation
Progressive International
Date
05.2020

Progressive International

Progressive International unites, organises, and mobilises progressive forces around the world.

We designed their new identity and website to help them communicate their ambitious vision and build the network further. The website allows their members to publish and distribute articles, events, toolkits and policies in multiple languages.

In collaboration with Robbie Blundell.

Category
Project
Organisation
London Renters Union
Date
05.2020

Can't Pay Won't Pay

We worked with London Renters Union on their Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign.

This campaign focussed on building renter power during the pandemic, identifying and providing support to those at risk of eviction, and lobbying local and national government to cancel rent debt and ban Section 21 evictions permanently.

Working within their existing technical architecture, we built two iterations of a custom tool that allowed people to join the campaign, understand their legal rights, find advice and resources to help them and read stories from other renters.

Category
Project
Organisation
Labour Together
Date
01.2020

GE2019 Labour Party campaign review

Common Knowledge interviewed a range of Labour Party staff, elected representatives and activist members as a contribution to the Labour Together 2019 election review, and contributed to editorial discussions between April and June.

Our research is documented in a two subsidiary reports that were used to inform the main publication released on 19th June. They analyse the Labour Party's organisational structures, ground operations and digital technology and look at attempts to bring community organising to the party.

Category
Project
Organisation
Generation Rent
Date
05.2020

Vent Your Rent 2020

We updated the Vent Your Rent site to support Generation Rent's campaign to protect renters affected by coronavirus.

The new version of site asks renters to share details about their rental situation, in order to build an evidence base, raise the public profile of renters' issues and lobby policy-makers.

We plotted these stories on a map, to assure renters that they were not alone and that others near them were also struggling.

Category
Project
Organisation
Nurses United
Date
05.2020

Nurses United

Nurses United is a new grassroots network of nurses supporting nurses in the UK.

We worked with them to establish their brand identity, develop their website and set up their digital organising ecosystem.

Category
Project
Organisation
Momentum
Date
11.2019

My Campaign Map

During the 2019 General Election, My Campaign Map helped people find canvassing sessions where they'd be most effective.

Activists could add their own events and explore a nationwide campaign map. It also found nearby travel options and training.

Category
Project
Organisation
Labour Party
Date
11.2019

Disaster Recovery Audit

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, we worked with the Digital Organising team of the Labour Party to improve disaster recovery of the systems they manage.

Building upon existing documentation, we audited their code, created internal knowledge bases and tested the robustness of system connections. Alongside this, we produced a comprehensive report with our recommendations for improving their development processes in future.

Category
Project
Organisation
Momentum
Date
11.2019

My Plan To Win

My Plan to Win helped Labour supporters plan their activity during the crucial final weeks of the election campaign.

Activists created a personalised plan by committing to daily tasks. They could then share it with their friends and receive custom email reminders.

Category
Project
Organisation
Generation Rent
Date
11.2019

Vent Your Rent 2019

Generation Rent campaigns for safe, fair and secure homes for renters.

We built a website to support their National Renters Manifesto campaign during the 2019 General Election. The tool allows people to explore what the renting crisis looks like in their area, add their own experiences of private renting and sign the manifesto.

Category
Project
Organisation
Internal
Date
2018–Ongoing

Movement

Movement is a prototype service for people who want to get involved in grassroots activism but don't know how.

We used off the shelf digital tools like WhatsApp to offer recommended first events. We facilitated conversations between first timers and organisers. Participants were grouped by shared interests or concerns so they could begin to organise themselves.

Category
Writing
Date
16.04.2021
Length
5 minute read

Improving Teamwork And Tools: Our Shared Inbox

We used a Manual of Me workshop to think about how collaborating better
Category
Writing
Date
12.04.2021
Length
10 minute read

What we learned from a design sprint with Cooperation Town (part three)

Sketching, storyboarding, prototyping and testing our ideas
Category
Writing
Date
01.04.2021
Length
7 minute read

Automations for Activists: Escape Zapier, Try n8n

Organisers need automations, but relying on Zapier can be dangerous for your organisation. Here’s an alternative.
Category
Writing
Date
22.03.2021
Length
7 minute read

Cooperation Town design sprint (part two)

Exploring the challenge, identifying our collective goal and surfacing questions
Category
Writing
Date
15.03.2021
Length
4 minute read

Cooperation Town design sprint (part one)

Laying the foundations for a design sprint, in collaboration with a self-organising network of food co-ops
Category
Writing
Date
11.03.2021
Length
2 minute read

Digital tools for workplace organising

Tools to help workforces build up a picture of working conditions to transform these conditions and build power
Category
Writing
Date
29.01.2021
Length
3 minute read

Month Notes: January

New launches, reusable products for organising and community-led design
Category
Writing
Date
18.01.2021
Length
6 minute read

Looking back on 2020

A review of who we collaborated with and what we got up to
Category
Writing
Date
17.12.2020
Length
4 minute read

Running a non-hierarchical organisation

Sociocracy and Scrum, two methods for organising in a collaborative and horizontal way
Category
Writing
Date
09.12.2020
Length
5 minute read

Sprint Notes 1

Air quality monitoring, peacebuilding, community organising
Category
Writing
Date
06.11.2020
Length
4 minute read

Talking In Rounds In Meetings

Talking in rounds is a great way to run a meeting. Why not try it?
Category
Writing
Date
26.10.2020
Length
3 minute read

Starting Meetings Well With A Check In

Starting meetings with a check in can be really helpful. Here's how.
Category
Writing
Date
30.09.2020
Length
3 minute read

Month Notes: September

Amplifying grassroots voices and setting collective intentions
Category
Writing
Date
25.07.2020
Length
1 minute read

Weeknotes 30

Claim the Future and The World Transformed
Category
Writing
Date
10.07.2020
Length
5 minute read

Month Notes: June

What we got up to in June.
Category
Writing
Date
19.06.2020
Length
6 minute read

Labour Together 2019 General Election Review

The Labour Together review is launched! Our contribution to it and reflections on it.
Category
Writing
Date
26.04.2020
Length
3 minute read

Month Notes: May

Some recent launches and our user research for United Voices of the World
Category
Writing
Date
26.04.2020
Length
2 minute read

Weeknotes 14

A few weeks rolled into one
Category
Writing
Date
06.04.2020
Length
6 minute read

Weeknotes 13

Including our organising safely online for mutual aid stream
Category
Writing
Date
17.03.2020
Length
6 minute read

Organising Online - Thinking About Chat

Making the shift to organising online in the light of COVID-19
Category
Writing
Date
16.03.2020
Length
4 minute read

Weeknotes 12

Collective responses to COVID-19 and some thoughts on working remotely
Category
Writing
Date
10.03.2020
Length
2 minute read

Weeknotes 11

Wrapping up Labour Together and going on a podcast
Category
Writing
Date
03.03.2020
Length
2 minute read

Weeknotes 10

Thinking beyond precarity and exploring Fortnite
Category
Writing
Date
17.02.2020
Length
2 minute read

Weeknotes 9

Relational organising, Swedish style
Category
Writing
Date
14.02.2020
Length
1 minute read

Oops! Something went wrong.

Two articles on the Iowa app debacle for The Guardian and Jacobin
Category
Writing
Date
10.02.2020
Length
4 minute read

Weeknotes 8

Labour Together, Left Book Club and our take on the failure of digital technology during the Iowa caucus
Category
Writing
Date
09.02.2020
Length
1 minute read

Organising after the General Election: The Role of Political Education

Our talk for the Left Book Club
Category
Writing
Date
31.01.2020
Length
3 minute read

Spaces for activists

We just launched a simple tool to help organisers to find and book spaces.
Category
Writing
Date
24.01.2020
Length
3 minute read

Weeknotes 7

Supporting autonomous reading group organising, food solidarity networks and networking across CoTech
Category
Writing
Date
17.01.2020
Length
2 minute read

Weeknotes  6

Setting objectives for the quarter, and how we used Django in the 2019 General Election campaign
Category
Writing
Date
23.12.2019
Length
2 minute read

General Election Review

We are pleased to be part of the team of commissioners for Labour Together’s General Election Review.
Category
Writing
Date
22.11.2019
Length
1 minute read

Weeknotes 5

Collaborating with Generation Rent
Category
Writing
Date
15.11.2019
Length
4 minute read

Weeknotes 4

Workers' inquiries and activist self-care
Category
Writing
Date
14.11.2019
Length
3 minute read

Avoiding burnout as an activist

On the importance of doing deep and dense work, rather than getting caught up in short-term, urgency thinking.
Category
Writing
Date
08.11.2019
Length
2 minute read

Weeknotes 3

Internal rhythms, consultancy work and building networks of mutual aid
Category
Writing
Date
01.11.2019
Length
6 minute read

Weeknotes 2

Finding spaces for activism, supporting striking workers, and our approach to tricky problems
Category
Writing
Date
30.10.2019
Length
4 minute read

Notes from MozFest 2019

Reflecting on how to break big tech open, build a feminist Internet and collectively model threats to open projects.
Category
Writing
Date
18.10.2019
Length
5 minute read

Weeknotes  1

Establishing a shared vision, collective intelligence and our first week at Space4
Category
Writing
Date
21.09.2019
Length
4 minute read

Making Technology Work For Your Campaigns

Our workshop for The World Transformed

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