NCVO Political Conference 2007 - Building your Political Intelligence

Despite organisations spending much of their time campaign planning and shaping messages and tactics, issues can be won or lost on a single piece of information.

This year’s political conference will provide critical political intelligence to help you plan and implement high-level political lobbying campaigns to modify legislation, influence public policy or simply to move the profile of an issue up the political agenda.

Who is this event for?

This event is for people working in charities, voluntary organisations and community groups who have responsibility for campaigning, lobbying and influencing Westminster and Whitehall. It’s aimed at all sizes of organisations, big, medium and small.


As well as looking at the broader political agenda  this year's seminars will help to identify the main players, organisations, networks and individuals influencing and shaping policy in the Brown and Cameron camps.

If you’ve yet to get your head around Web 2.0, social networking, podcasts and other forms of new technology help is at hand to guide you on how new media can help revolutionise your campaigns.

What happens if your issue is not on the radar of the Government or political parties, or is unpopular in the current political climate? Experienced campaigners will share their ideas and insights on how to get your issues on to the political agenda.

With all three political parties on an election-footing what scope is there for organisations to influence their election agendas? There will be lots of practical tips for organisations on how to go about influencing election agendas from key players involved in policy development for political parties.

New Campaign Clinic

For the first time at the political conference NCVO’s Campaigning Effectiveness Programme is on hand to offer help and advice on enhancing your campaigning potential. They will try to answer any questions you have, around strategy and campaign planning, choosing appropriate tactics, evaluating your campaigns and more.


There is a wide range of high profile and thought provoking speakers attending: Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, former Chief Adviser on political strategy to Tony Blair and former Head of IPPR, Harriet Harman, MP, Kevin Macguire, The Mirror, Dan Corry, No 10 Policy Unit, Peter Thatchell, OutRage, Human Rights Campaigner, Mark Steele, Comedian, Social Commentator, Boris Johnson, MP, Yasmin Ala Bahi Brown, columnist for The Independent. More speakers

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2007
Venue: Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET
Price: See the NCVO page.
There are also 5 bursary places on offer for small organisations with an income of less than £500,000.  For more information contact Sultana Begum on 0207 520 2505 or email her at
Conference programme: See the NCVO page

For more information

Visit the NCVO page or contact Elaine Williams on 020 7520 2585 or email:

Last updated at 15:08 Mon 18/May/09.
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