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Who decides on the future of 38 Degrees campaigns?
It’s 38 Degrees members who set priorities and we decide on what we campaign on together. Here are the main ways 38 Degrees members have their say:
-Taking part in votes, polls and discussion on our website (all archived below)
-Making suggestions and discussing ideas on our Facebook page
-Adding and voting on suggestions in our campaign suggestions forum
-Tweeting ideas to @38_degrees
Polling is one of the most important ways 38 Degrees members decide what 38 Degrees does. All our major campaigns – like protecting England’s forests, standing up to the NHS, challenging the power of Murdoch, and campaigning for more to be done about tax dodging – have been prioritised by 38 Degrees members through polls. Before polling takes place, volunteers and staff in the office work through comments on the blog, website, Facebook and twitter to come up with a shortlist of options for everyone to vote on. This is a long and careful process.
Initially the office team uses use a mix of spreadsheets, word analysis tools and visual techniques, such as word clouds – together with the old- fashioned technique of reading everything – to analyse suggestions. From this, the staff team can draw up a shortlist of around 20 to 25 of the most popular campaign suggestions from across all methods of communication. Polls and surveys also help decide the tactics we use together on a particular campaign. So 38 Degrees members can decide together whether the focus on a particular campaign should be – e.g choosing between options like organising a big petition, holding local meetings, an advert campaign, or something else entirely. Often the whole 38 Degrees membership takes part in polls. On some occasions, where time is short or there are a lot of e-mails going out about other campaigns, the staff team may poll a randomly selected sample of the 38 Degrees membership to find out what they think.
The role of the website, Facebook and Twitter
As well as more formal votes and polls, 38 Degrees members give staff feedback on what we should be doing together continuously through our website, and out Facebook and Twitter accounts. For example anyone can post up news stories to the 38 Degrees Facebook, which other 38 Degrees members can then join them in discussing. These suggestions and discussions feed in to the polling process. Sometimes when there is extremely limited time in which to launch a campaign, polling may not be practical and in these cases staff can use these channels to quickly gauge opinion before launching an emergency campaign.
The role of the staff
The primary role of the 38 Degrees staff is to serve 38 Degrees members. The staff team never forgets that 38 Degrees members make the donations that pay their wages! Staff are constantly on the look out for potential campaigns which may fit with the interests of 38 Degrees members, and for moments where people power could make a real difference. As well has scanning the media and looking out for suggestions from 38 Degrees members, staff also consult experts in different fields e.g academics and campaigners in more specialised organisations.
The staff team definitely plays an important role. But there is a big safety valve that makes sure it’s 38 Degrees members, not the staff team, who are in the driving seat. Every 38 Degrees campaign is “opt in” – each individual 38 Degrees member has a choice as to whether or not they get involved. That means it’s the members who decide whether or not a petition gather signatures, e-mails are sent to MPs, or money is raised for exciting tactics. It’s only if members chose to get involved in their thousands that any campaign takes off.
April 12th, 2013 by Travis Kelly
Over 50,000 members have now responded to the latest member poll, and the results are now in. The poll asked 38 Degrees members ‘What next for the NHS campaign?’.
With the government’s changes to the NHS recently coming into force, it is an important time for members to decide how to take the NHS campaign forward.
Here are the results of the poll (click on the image for a larger view):
The poll results clearly show that 38 Degrees members remain extremely passionate about protecting the NHS. The office team will now use the answers to the poll to work out the next steps for the NHS campaign.
What do you think of these results? Please share your ideas in the comments section below.
April 9th, 2013 by Travis Kelly
Last week, the NHS started to change. The laws which the government pushed through last year came into force. The changes would probably be even more alarming if it wasn’t for all the campaigning we’ve done together. But it’s all still pretty worrying.
With the changes now in force, we need to decide what we want to do next. What’s the priority? How can we best work together to defend the idea of a decent public health service we can rely on to look after us when we need it?
You can help us decide where the NHS campaign goes next. Please take two minutes to vote in a poll.
When the government finally got its changes through last year, 38 Degrees members were disappointed. But we voted to keep the campaign going. And since then, by working together, we’ve made a huge difference:
- Thousands of 38 Degrees members across the country have asked their local GPs to put patients first and keep the NHS public. We’ve already signed up groups of local GPs in the Midlands, south-west and London.
- We moved fast when we heard that the government was looking at a new tax dodge for the private health industry. Thousands of us wrote in to complain. The plan was dropped within hours!
- There’s been big problems with privatised GP out-of-hours care in places like Cornwall. So hundreds of thousands of us demanded an investigation into what happened there. An inquiry has now been launched by the influential Public Accounts Committee of MPs.
- Just last month, the government announced new rules which could force GPs to hand almost all health contracts to private companies. Over 350,000 of us signed the petition and wrote to our MPs. This helped force the government to withdraw the rules – a big win, though there’s still more to do.
It works because we all work together. So please help decide what we do next by taking the poll.
Should we be focusing on protecting the NHS from budget cuts? Stopping further privatisation? Supporting local campaigns like those against hospital closures? Or making sure that when managers fail to protect patient care, like in Mid Staffs, they’re held properly responsible?
We can do a lot, but we can’t do everything. So please vote!
January 21st, 2013 by James Rees
In October over 10000 members of 38 Degrees answered the question 'If 38 Degrees had a dream, what could it be?'. This is a 'word cloud' of the key themes.
In 2012, 38 Degrees went from strength to strength. So together, we can afford to think big about the things we can achieve together in 2013. Over the last few weeks 38 Degrees members have been suggesting ideas for things we can campaign on together in 2013. 38 Degrees members have suggested over 1200 ideas on the 38 Degrees website, on Facebook and Twitter and by email.
In total over 400,000 votes were cast and thousands of people suggested ideas on Facebook and by email. Here are the most popular ideas suggested:
- Tax: Closing tax loopholes for the super-rich, getting government action to stop companies avoiding tax and higher tax on second homes were all popular issues.
- NHS and Social Care: Improving care for elderly and disabled people, better pay for carers and protecting the NHS from privatisation.
- Privatisation: Exposing politicians who benefit personally from privatisation, protecting our public services from privatisation and renationalising the railways.
- Energy and Climate Change: Removing VAT from domestic heating and lighting bills, making homes more energy efficient and stopping energy suppliers from raising prices.
- Benefits and Social Security: Tackling unfair assessment of disabled people as ‘fit to work’, publicising the facts about benefits and unemployments and protecting the rights of elderly and disabled people.
The 38 Degrees staff team totted up the suggestions within different areas. You can see the full list of ideas suggested. You can also check out and suggest ideas on the 38 Degrees Facebook page.
Protecting our NHS and tackling tax dodging are already big priorities for 38 Degrees. But these suggestions all help build a better picture on the areas 38 Degrees members want to campaign on. The results will help determine where we put most of our efforts over the coming weeks and months.
What do you think?
What do you think of the results? Are there any other campaigns you think should be on the list? You can share your ideas in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
January 7th, 2013 by Becky Jarvis
Happy New Year! In 2012, 38 Degrees went from strength to strength. And together, we’ve laid solid foundations for the year to come.
We’re starting 2013 with nearly 5000 members of 38 Degrees chipping in regularly to make sure we can cover our core costs. And we’ve also just reached an extraordinary, people-powered milestone: 38 Degrees members have taken over 10 million actions together!
That’s hundreds of thousands of us coming together to sign petitions, email our MPs and bosses of companies, chip in for ads in national newspapers, and meet up face-to-face to protect our NHS and our woodlands.
So we can afford to think big about the things we can achieve together in 2013. Protecting our NHS and tackling tax dodging are already big priorities for 38 Degrees members. But what other issues should we focus on? And what’s the best way to make the change we want to happen?
Can you suggest a campaign for 2013? Or a new way to hold powerful politicians and companies to account? It could be something big, but it might also be something smaller, or a local campaign that you care about.
Click here to see and vote for the campaign ideas other 38 Degrees members have suggested. You can also share your own idea for a campaign. It only takes a few minutes.
One last thing, have you joined the 38 Degrees community on Facebook? It’s a great place to join in with conversations and help decide on campaigns. All you need to do is click LIKE here.
December 4th, 2012 by Robin Priestley
38 Degrees members have consitently prioritised tackling tax dodging. As a member-driven organisation, official 38 Degrees campaigns are only launched with the support of 38 Degrees members.
Recently over 45,000 of us responded to a poll specifically about taking up tax dodging as a major campaign, and here are the results of that poll:
Should campaigning to stop tax dodging be a major focus for 38 Degrees over the next few months?
Yes – 95.62%
No – 2.11%
Do you agree that although we may target individual tax dodgers on the way, our main aim should be to make the government fix our broken tax system so that it’s much harder to dodge tax?
Yes – 97.22%
No – 1.22%
Should 38 Degrees aim to get businesses who pay tax on board with the campaign?
Yes – 95.33%
No – 2.65%
Which other demands would you like to see in the campaign?
Other suggestions of demands from members fell into several categories:
Change laws, close loopholes
Shame the dodgers
Publish a list of dodgers
Boycott google, amazon, starbucks
Simplify the tax system
Tackle the avoidance schemes
Example quotes from members are:
“I’d like to see a tax-dodging company blacklist published. The Government/HMRC need to change tax law to close tax loopholes.”
“Simplify the whole tax system to make it impossible/difficult to dodge tax.”
“A clear and graphic demonstration of the correlation between companies avoiding tax and our hospitals, schools and public services suffering as a result.”
“Raise awareness of the seriousness of big businesses versus cutting public services and personal ’belt tightening’ – by TV campaigns and press coverage.”
How would you like to get involved?
There were lots of great comments from members which fell into the following categories:
Produce a Christmas guide
Social media vía Facebook, twitter and more
Window stickers in shops
Example quotes are:
“‘I pay my tax’ car/window stickers for businesses and individuals?”
“It would be great with an online version of the ‘Christmas shoppers’ guide to avoiding tax dodgers’ as these could go viral on Facebook/Twitter, etc..”
“I love the campaign by small shop owners “I pay enough tax to fund a nurse.”
“National media campaign to name and shame extremely rich tax dodgers. Publish the names of major companies who don’t tax in national newspapers, billboard signs, etc. ”
“Creative direct action towards tax dodging businesses.”
“Name & shame them in the news papers they use for their adds”
Further comments members added were as follows:
“I think you should target individual tax dodgers too, it’s crazy that I pay all my tax through PAYE but the rich can just avoid it as they can afford to. That’s not fair!”
“I don’t want to sound or be hypercritical, but I think we all dislike paying tax. If there’s a way we can honestly pay less tax then there’s nothing wrong with that. However, what I am adversed to is large and wealthy companies who are setting the wrong example, and are able to pay their accountants big fees just to avoid tax. When the country is in financial need they shouldn’t be dodging this issue.”
“I don’t know much about corporation tax, but rather than tax profits, which businesses can manipulate easily, why not levy tax on the gross sales/turnover?”
“Tax foreign companies on ALL their turnover irrespective of where it is earned, as the USA does.”
“Tax avoidance is endemic amongst those people and organisations in power and there is little incentive for them to change. Set up an off-shore haven to employ all the ordinary folk (contracting us out to our original jobs) and so avoid tax. Then see how fast the government moves to close the loop holes.”
The results of this poll will determine how we focus our efforts on tax dodging over the coming months. What do you think? You can leave a comment to discuss with other members using the form below.
December 4th, 2012 by Ed Paton-Williams
Gas and electricity companies will soon have to automatically switch customers to the lowest tariff available to them. In October, David Cameron promised to force gas and electricity companies to give all their customers the cheapest deal. Following this announcement 38 Degrees members then wrote to their MPs asking them to hold David Cameron to his promise and it worked!
But what do 38 Degrees members want to do next to tackle rip-off gas and electricity bills? 38 Degrees uses people power to help plan our campaigns. That’s why 38 Degrees members have been voting to help decide what we should do together next to take on rip-off gas and electricity bills. And now the results are in! For more information on how the staff team sorts this kind of data have a look at this blog.
Which, if any, of the issues listed below would you be interested in campaigning on together in the future?
Are there any other ideas you’d like to share?
Here’re a few comments from 38 Degrees members about what they’d like to campaign for over the next few months.
“I certainly feel that the big gas and electricity companies are very powerful, arrogant and appear to be driven by profit. They need to be accountable so that we know what the profits are spent on.”
“If thousands of us switch away from the big gas and electricity companies, we’ll send a signal to the huge, profit-hungry companies: gas and electricity customers are taking their power back!”
“Make the private energy companies reveal their purchase prices so we can see their actual profits.”
“We still need to guard against companies making huge profits at our expense. We need Government control to ensure fair prices for customers and not extreme profits for directors, company owners and shareholders.”
What do you think about the results? If you’ve got more ideas about how 38 Degrees can take on rip-off gas and electricity bills , then please share them on the 38 Degrees Facebook page or in the comments section below.
November 22nd, 2012 by Robin Priestley
Starbucks, Google and Amazon: they’re all at it. These super rich big businesses were recently dragged up in front of MPs and exposed for using tax havens and other scams to pay little or no corporation tax.
There’s big talk from our politicians but not much action. Google even recently admitted “We could pay more tax but we would have to do so voluntarily“.
But together we have the numbers, track record and imagination to tackle tax dodging and win. And it’s the perfect time to work together to take it on. It’s all over the news and lots of people seem to want real change. These are the best ingredients for a great 38 Degrees campaign.
We’ve got the right moment – but we need the right next move to force a change. 38 Degrees members have voted time and time again to prioritise tackling tax-dodging. Can you fill out a few questions to decide together what we do next to tackle tax dodging?
Businesses based in the UK aren’t playing on a level playing field. From our local bookshops, right up to big names like John Lewis they’re being undercut and put out of business by tax dodgers. Something needs to change.
Alongside this, scores of high profile business people and celebrities have been dodging tax on their incomes. Our public services are being cut and we’re being asked to tighten our belts whilst others are being let off scot free.
Do you want to help us shape this campaign? Then fill out our tax dodging poll and let us know what you think we should do next!
We’ve shown before that when we act together we can push corporations and politicians to do the right thing. We’ve taken on companies like McDonalds and embarrassed them into not dodging tax around the Olympics.
If we focus our people powered movement on the right next move – we could force the change we need to see. It takes 2 minutes to fill out the survey. Please click here and help decide on how to fight tax dodging!
October 16th, 2012 by Matt Reilly
Last week, thousands of us voted on what the next set of campaign priorities for 38 Degrees will be – and now the results are in! For more information on how the team sorts this data have a look at this blog.
First up the poll asked members their views on the campaigns which 38 Degrees is currently running.
It’s clear from the results below that the NHS campaign remains the top priority. Reining in irresponsible bankers and tackling tax-dodging also scored highly. Protecting internet privacy had less strong support but still nearly half of members felt it was something we should campaign on ‘a lot’.
Below is a graph of these initial poll results:
The poll also asked about potential new campaigns that members would like to see.
Campaigns to protect bees from pesticides and to stop companies like G4S taking over our police forces were both very popular with members. The 38 Degrees office team will be looking for opportunities to campaign on these issues.
The percentage of members interested in each campaign is shown below:
Some of the questions in the poll – like “If 38 Degrees had a dream, what could it be?” – gave members an opportunity to express their ideas in more detail, with some great responses! These will be analysed in the coming weeks – so watch this space for an update.
The results will determine where we put most of our efforts over the coming weeks and months. Sometimes the best opportunity for a campaign takes a while to come along, but these results mean the office team have a clear direction to follow when researching future campaign ideas.
What do you think?
What do you think of the results? Are there any other campaigns you think should be on the list? You can share your ideas in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
August 28th, 2012 by David
Photograph by 38 Degrees
It’s been a long time since over half a million of us originally came together to defend our NHS from politicians who threatened to destroy it. But ever since the health bill went through, 38 Degrees members have always voted to prioritise protecting the NHS.
When we asked what people wanted to see next in the NHS campaign, several strong priorities emerged: fight privatisation, support local campaigning, and work with supportive senior GPs.
These priorities, voted for by 38 Degrees members, have determined where the office team focuses their time and effort.
And while you may not have had so many NHS emails from the 38 Degrees office recently there’s been lots going on behind the scenes. Every day members get in touch with information about what’s happening where they live, and to share their ideas. Volunteers are busy scanning the media for NHS stories and keeping a constant eye out for new threats and for opportunities where people power can make a difference.
Actually, one of the best chances turned out to be over almost before it began. Despite that, it’s fair to say that 38 Degrees members indirectly scored a campaign win.
You might have heard about the privately-run (but NHS funded) walk-in centre in Sheffield that was charging £25 for the treatment of whiplash injuries. Emergency NHS treatment is meant to be free. The office team rang the centre to get more details, and explained who we were and why we were interested. Soon after we got in touch, the centre suspended the charge. Just the idea of a people-powered 38 Degrees campaign seems to have helped change their minds!
38 Degrees members have been making their voices heard in other ways too.Across the country GPs are holding public meetings on the setup of the new NHS, and 38 Degrees members are showing up in large numbers. After attending a meeting in Buxton, 38 Degrees member Beryl said, “The organisers were intrigued as to what 38 Degrees was… there were 43 of us there compared to 6 non 38 Degree-ers!”.
One final thing. Do you remember the member-sponsored reception held for senior GPs? As well as showing that together we could match big corporate money, it led to some important relationships. Several of the doctors who came along have been helping to develop a plan to reach out
Over the next few weeks, there’ll be important work to do on our NHS campaign. Some of it could be easy. Some of it will be among the most ambitious we’ve tried. But one thing will knit it all together – the fact that there are now more than a million of us who know that by working together, we can help make sure we don’t lose the things that are most precious to us.
People power saved our forests. It helped stop some of the worst of the NHS changes. Now, as the government forces through more changes at a local level, we need to use it again to defend our health service from the damage that could be done.
August 10th, 2012 by jonathan.w