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Vote now: What should 38 Degrees do next?

June 21st, 2011 by

What do you think we should do together in the coming months? Over the past few weeks, thousands of us have suggested issues where 38 Degrees members could make a difference by working side by side. Now we need to pick which ones we should work on. Please take a minute to vote on this simple form now.

Pic of gathering and voting on ideas on Facebook 38 Degrees members throughout the UK have been sharing and discussing ideas for future campaigns. Volunteers in the office have read and analysed all the suggestions and come up with a shortlist. That’s what thousands of 38 Degress members are voting on this week.

How did we come up with the shortlist?

Step 1: The big sift
Thousands of suggestions were submitted on this blog, through Facebook and through the ideas pages of the website. The first job was to sift through all of the comments and suggestions and pull out the ideas.

Step 2: Simple visualisations
Next, some visualisation tools were used so that a picture of what 38 Degrees members wanted to do next started to emerge. The image below is just one view that illustrates what the initial analysis looked like (this visualisation was created using comments from the blog).

Picture of word analysis

Pic: Visual analysis of some of the thousands of suggestions

One of the jobs done at this stage was adding together small piles of similar suggestions. In the example above you can see “Stop Incineration” and “Against incinerators” appear separately but are most likely similar issues.

Step 3: Identifying the top ideas
A further sweep of the data started to reveal some real trends. Reform of the banking system was a priority for members, as was continuing work on the NHS and working to stop cuts to the disability living allowance.

Chart of unique campaign ideas

Chart 1: unique campaign ideas

That big green chunk (46.7%) in the graph above  is “other” campaign suggestions. There were a lot of them.

Here are just a few of the comments that came in on the more popular issues:

Diana: “tackling the obscene salaries and profits and tax dodges of big business

Sarah: “Stop the unfair hatchet job on disability and incapacity benefits.”

Adam: “I’d focus on stopping the NHS reforms first and foremost.”

Matthew: “Campaign to stop the process of fracking. It’s a dangerous and harmful procedure and should be banned.”

Step 4: Campaign types

As a further analysis task, a typology of suggested ideas was also created and visualised (see the pie chart below). In other words, what categories did the suggested ideas fit into. The results can be seen below and show just what a wide range of interests 38 Degrees members have.

Chart of campaign types

Chart 2: types of campaigns suggested

We can’t do everything – we make a difference, and win, because we focus on the big issues we all care about. This poll will help set the direction over the next few months. It will tell the office team where to focus their time researching campaign ideas and opportunities.

Vote now on the simple form – it only takes two minutes.


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  • Klp

    Oppose dirty fuel all the way tar sands and shale /coal bed methane. thank you

  • Meg

    While it’s right to care about animals kept in circuses, the solution to that problem is so obvious I can hardly bring myself to state it….Publicly exhort people to stop patronizing those circuses that still persist in this cruel business and publicly condemn those people who still persist in taking their families to such vile entertainments.  Public outrage works wonders – think back to tobacco smoke as an example and how far we’ve come with that.  

    The animals being abused are mostly ‘foreign’ not domestic. The ex-pat pensioners who are starving and freezing in mostly Commonwealth countries because their UK State pensions, for which they paid all their working lives, are ‘frozen” (not indexed) are certainly ‘domestic’ not foreign.  We  were, and to a great degree still are, British; time and place don’t change that.  How does it come about that ‘foreign’ animals take precedence now over ‘domestic’ people? 

    If it’s possible to answer that question in a fairly reasonable way, I’d love to know the answer – apart from the usual bleat that animals can’t speak for themselves.  Those ill-treated pensioners seem not to have a voice either as this particular brand of cruelty has now been going on for over half a century.  How’s that for not having a voice?

    I almost wish I hadn’t sent you a donation now.  I hoped it might help those suffering old people;  I find it will help animals instead which was not at all what I intended it to be used for.

  • KennDC

    After the NHS surely there’s nothing more important than this terrible Legal Aid bill.
    The implications of this bill are massive for anyone who can’t afford to pay fees.
    Please STOP this NOW!

  • http://twitter.com/chooch051 chooch mcchooch

    Most of us pensioners probably won’t survive the coming winter.  If we do, maybe DNR (do not resuscitate) or the (so-called) *Liverpool Pathway* (to heaven!!??) will do us in while we are in hospital with hypothermia, etc..
    Chooch Wrinkly

  • Trish Campbell

    It has to be about the welfare reforms and the devasting affect they are having on disabled people. It is disgusting and frightening what is going on. There are thousands of people going through hell trying to claim benefits so that they can survive. Now we are faced with medicals, assessments, work programmes and all the time we are being treated as fraudsters and liars. The attack is relentless and harrowing. Wake up to the fact that the majority of sick and disabled cannot work. How many more homeless, impoverished and dying people do there have to be?