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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

Member polls

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.

2014 New Year poll results

February 3rd, 2014 by

At the beginning of the year thousands of 38 Degrees members completed a short survey to look at the year ahead.

What would be the big issues? What do people value about living in the UK? and what 38 Degrees members should do during elections?

Here are the results from that survey:

The last question was asked before the final vote on the gagging law took place.  Until the law comes into effect, in a few months time, there will be big questions to ask about how 38 Degrees members can campaign on issues, especially around the upcoming election.

However as you can see from the results, 38 Degrees members strongly believe that we should be campaigning on the issues that are important to us all, and making sure we hold MPs and candidates to account on pre-election promises.

So watch this space to help us all decide together on our next moves.

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38 Degrees under threat

August 22nd, 2013 by

38 Degrees is facing its biggest ever threat.

The government’s rushing through a new law which, if it passes, will stop us running the type of campaigns which have made us who we are. The campaigns which have saved our forests, fought privatisation in the NHS, and defeated the snoopers’ charter. The campaigns which have seen 1.7 million of us act together, locally and nationally, for over four years. In fact, if the new law passes, and we continue campaigning as we do now, the office team could even risk being sent to jail.

The law’s called the ‘Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill’. And if it goes through without any changes, it’ll wipe out our campaigning by slashing what we can spend during the year before elections. Not just general elections, either. Local elections, European elections and referendums, too.

But if we act now and we act together, we could make the government reverse their plan. Chloe Smith, the minister responsible for pushing this law through parliament, is coming under more and more pressure to re-think. If hundreds of thousands of us speak up now, we could swing her decision.

Can you email Chloe Smith now to tell her why it’s important that we’re able to campaign during elections, and what you think of her plans to stifle us? There’s no template email, because it’s really important that Chloe Smith hears your personal reasons for being a member of 38 Degrees. Anything you write to her now is better than her not hearing from us at all.

People power is at the heart of 38 Degrees. We don’t spend too much, but our campaigns do cost money. Without being able to spend – employing staff, buying billboards, or printing leaflets about where politicians stand on local issues – we just won’t be able to make the issues which matter to us all, like the NHS and fair taxation, top of the agenda at the next election.

The three main political parties have a combined membership of around 433,000. There are 1.7 million of us. Per member, the parties would be able to spend over £130 – 38 Degrees would be able to spend around 23p. Put simply, this will make it hard to influence the next election, and every one after that.

Can you email Chloe Smith now?

It’s not clear whether this law is just badly written, or if the government is simply fed up of being criticised – but it’s a huge threat. And it doesn’t only affect us: from big charities to tiny single-issue campaigns, the sector is scared and furious.

The government’s trying to slip this through with as little fuss as possible. Not only did they introduce it on the day before MPs knocked off for the summer, they also tied it into a whole raft of other new rules on lobbying. And some of the new rules, like the register of lobbyists, are things we’ve been pushing for, although they’re not yet strong enough. We still hope to campaign for tighter controls on dodgy lobbying – but before that, we have to fight to make sure we’re not silenced during elections.

It’s a really worrying time. The potential impact of this law is only just becoming clear. The Cabinet Office says it won’t affect us. But experts we’ve spoken to, from lawyers to charity chiefs, are telling us it will. This threatens the entire way 1.7 million of us campaign together.

It’s not just us. Amazing people-powered campaigns like HOPE not hate’s fight against the BNP in Barking and Dagenham, or Make Poverty History, just wouldn’t be possible during election periods. Right when ordinary people should be able to have the most impact.

It’s no exaggeration to say this law will make it easier for registered political parties like the BNP to campaign without challenge.

The government’s doing its best to rush this law through without consultation or feedback. If we act together now, we can let them know that 38 Degrees is more than just a name – we’re a movement of 1.7 million people committed to campaigning for a better, fairer Britain. We won’t remain silent while they try to stop us.

Can you email Chloe Smith here? Our movement may depend on it.

 

PS: These proposals are complicated, and a lot of the detail still isn’t clear. The office team doesn’t have all the answers – we’re still talking to experts and other organisations. In the meantime, we’ve done our best to provide some clarity in the Frequently Asked Questions and Notes sections below.

FAQ

What should I write to Chloe Smith?

Perhaps you could tell her about the first email you wrote to an MP, or the first meeting you attended with other 38 Degrees members. Or perhaps why you think charities, campaigning groups and movements like ours which help people do these things should not be restricted?

Or you could explain your concerns about what could happen if we couldn’t campaign together against the privatisation of the NHS, or against parties such as the BNP? Or – you could just tell her why you’re a member of 38 Degrees.

What are the proposals called, and where can I read more about them?

The plans are called the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. You can read the Bill documents and watch the progress of the legislation here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/transparencyoflobbyingnonpartycampaigningandtradeunionadministration/documents.html

How will it affect our campaigning?

Since the proposals were published, the office team have been meeting with experts and other organisations to discuss the impact of these rules on our campaigning. They’ve indicated that although a lot of the detail is still unclear, they believe the risks to our campaigning are huge.

The law the government has put forward will very strictly limit spending on campaigning during the year before an election. And whereas current limits only count the costs of campaign materials, the new rules would include nearly everything campaigners do, e.g. staff time, travel, and media work. The new limits could stop us from being able to run billboards, or to mobilise in the way that we have during our successful campaigns to save our forests and stop the snoopers’ charter.

What happens if 38 Degrees breaks the rules?

Breaking the rules on spending is a criminal offence. Ultimately, there’s a chance that members of the office team could be sent to jail if the rules were broken. Other organisations are facing the same threat, meaning that the ‘chilling’ effect on campaigning by charities and groups across the country is likely to be huge.

What do other groups think?

There’s widespread frustration. Charities and voluntary organisations are coming together to fight against the plans.

The National Council of Voluntary Organisations and HOPE not hate are just two of the organisations which have already spoken out publicly about the proposals.

Read NCVO’s statement here: http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2013/08/18/transparency-of-lobbying-bill-unintended-consequences-or-trojan-horse/

And HOPE not hate’s here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/blog/article/2976/the-government-is-trying-to-gag-hope-not-hate

Why is the government doing this?

No one’s certain. Some people are saying that a lot of this is unintended, and just bad, rushed drafting – but we’ve heard that before during our Section 75 campaign. Others say that it suits the coalition parties to silence campaigning organisations who have run campaigns which have caused them embarrassment in the past – such as the NUS’ tuition fees campaign and The Royal British Legion’s Armed Forces Covenant campaign. And of course, our campaign to save the NHS. Some think it’s because some MPs don’t even believe charities should be able to campaign for policy change which relates to their charitable objectives.

What else can we do?

The office team will be working hard over the next few days and weeks planning what we can do to help save our movement as we know it. If you have any ideas, please get in touch and let us know your thoughts by emailing emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk

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Member Poll: August 17th

August 17th, 2013 by

It’s the start of a brand new week and that means only one thing: the results from the latest member poll are in!

Each week a poll is sent out to a random selection of 38 Degrees members to uncover the issues we all feel most strongly about. Every Monday morning, the office team gather around to discuss the results of this poll and use this to decide on the campaigns to prioritise during the week ahead. So let’s take a look at the results!

38 Degrees is driven by the opinion of members, giving everyone a chance to have a say in which issues we should act together. There are loads of places where we can all have our say on existing and potential campaigns- Facebook, Twitter, and campaigning forum Uservoice.

This week continuing to protect the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments came in first place. Cracking down on tax dodging by big companies took second place, whilst campaigning for the UK government to stop the sale of weapons and military equipment to oppressive regimes came in third place.

The full set of results for this week can be seen below:

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Do you have a campaign suggestion? Contact us at emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk, or get involved on our Facebook page, Twitter feed or campaign forum Uservoice.

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MP Pay Rise – poll results

August 16th, 2013 by

A couple of weeks ago, 38 Degrees members voted on if and how 38 Degrees should handle the topic of MP payrises.

IPSA, the independent body in charge of MPs’ pay and conditions, are consulting on a £6,000 pay rise for MPs. The widespread furore made it obvious that this was something we needed to react to, but it wasn’t clear exactly what we should do.

Our best campaigns are the ones we decide on, shape and run together, so we asked for everyone’s opinion. Thanks to all of you which participated in the poll. Here are the results:



IPSA’s consultation is open until 20th October but so far, it’s only had a few hundred submissions. Worse, it’s written in jargon. It’s IPSA’s job to make sure that people across the country contribute to the changes in MP pay and conditions. Together, we can make sure they hear us loud and clear.

Here’s the plan:

- Launch a plain English version of IPSA’s consultation on the pay rise – which tens of thousands of us submit to.

- Support a few local members in each constituency to pop down to their MPs’ local offices and ask them a few questions, like where they stand on the pay rise and what extra conditions they’d be prepared to accept. We’ll publish the responses so local voters know where their MP stands on the issue.

- Take out adverts in national papers just before IPSA’s consultation is due to close, piling the pressure on IPSA and politicians to take our views seriously.

Click here to let us know if that sounds about right. Together, we can make this issue huge and have a real effect on the political culture at Westminster.

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Member poll: July 27th

August 1st, 2013 by

Each week a poll is sent out to a random selection of 38 Degrees members to uncover the issues we all feel most strongly about. The results are discussed by the office team in a meeting every Monday morning and inform the campaigns for the week ahead. The results are in – so let’s take a look!

Continuing our campaign to save the NHS took the top spot again this week. Cracking down on tax dodging by big companies took second place, and campaigning to protect the rights of whistleblowers in the NHS ranked third.

The poll also asked about pension funds. A massive 84% responded saying that 38 Degrees should campaign for more ethical investment by major funds. There are many exciting movements calling for more ethical investment. One example is the American organisation 350.org who is targeting universities, local and state governments, and religious institutions to stop investing in fossil fuels. They are having some huge successes – check out their website for more information: http://gofossilfree.org/

There are loads of places to get involved in the conversation around what we should campaign on together next. Visit our Facebook page, Twitter feed or online campaign forum Uservoice.

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Member poll: July 20th

July 22nd, 2013 by

As Monday morning comes round again, so do the results of the latest member poll.

38 Degrees is driven by the opinions of members. There are loads of places where we can all have our say on existing and up-and-coming campaigns – Facebook, Twitter, and Uservoice.

On top of that, each week the office team asks a random group of members to let us know which issues they feel most passionately about. These results are the basis of the office team’s Monday meeting and steer our future campaigns.

Once again, continuing to protect the NHS came out on top. This was closely followed by cracking down on tax dodging by big companies and strengthening rules against secret lobbying of the government – in second and third place respectively. The full results can be seen below (click on the image to see a larger version):

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Member Poll: July 13th

July 15th, 2013 by

It’s the start of a new week and that can only mean one thing: the results of the latest member poll are in!

38 Degrees works because all of us have a say in which issues we should act on together. There are loads of opportunities where 38 Degrees members can discuss existing and potential campaigns – across our Facebook page, Twitter feed and campaigns forum Uservoice.

As well as this, a group of randomly selected 38 Degrees members get the chance to vote on the issues we campaign on via a weekly poll. Every Monday morning, the office team gather around to discuss the results of this poll, and prioritise campaigns to work on over the week ahead.

This week’s top spot has been taken by the continuing campaign to protect the NHS, while cracking down on tax dodging companies and supporting NHS whistleblowers come a close second and third respectively. The full results can be seen below:

 

 

Do you have a campaign suggestion? Contact us at emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk, or get involved on our Facebook page, Twitter feed or campaigns forum Uservoice.

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Member Poll: July 6th

July 10th, 2013 by

As 38 Degrees members we all have a say in which issues we campaign on and where we should make change happen. So knowing what all of us want to prioritise is crucial.

Every Monday morning the office team meets and uses the results of a weekly poll to decide on the campaigns to prioritise during the week ahead. The poll is sent to a group of randomly selected 38 Degrees members – remember, if you haven’t received a poll recently please don’t worry, the process is random and you’re bound to be asked soon!

This week, the crackdown on tax dodging companies takes the top spot, with supporting NHS whistleblowers and pushing the government to tackle climate change coming in second and third respectively. The full set of results for this week can be seen below:

 

38 Degrees Member Poll July 6th

 

Do you have a campaign suggestion? Email us on emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk or join the discussion on Facebook, on the 38 Degrees Twitter feed, and our campaigns forum Uservoice.

 

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Member Poll: June 29th

July 1st, 2013 by

As members of 38 Degrees, all of us have a say on what we campaign on. The issues we campaign on together, we decide together!

To really get a handle on the issues that matter most, the office team send out a weekly poll to a randomly selected group of members – if you haven’t received one lately, don’t worry, the chances are you’ll be asked soon!

Every Monday morning the office team gets together and digests the results of this poll, using the information to prioritise what we campaign on that week. The popular issues brought to the table this week included: the continued fight to protect the NHS, the desire to crack down on tax dodging companies, and the will to keep pushing the government to fight climate change. The results of the poll can be seen below:


Do you have a campaign suggestion? Email us on emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk or join the discussion on Facebook, on the 38 Degrees Twitter feed, and our campaigns forum Uservoice.

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Member poll: June 22nd

June 24th, 2013 by

38 Degrees is 100% member driven – that means what we campaign on together, we decide together!

38 Degrees members discuss a broad range of issues on a daily basis, and across a number of different forums – online on Facebook, Twitter and our campaign forum Uservoice, or in person on the phone or at meetings. 38 Degrees office staff filter out the most popular of these issues and, every week, a group of randomly selected members vote on what we should prioritise via an online poll.

The 38 Degrees office team use these results every Monday morning to decide what campaigns to prioritise in the week ahead. And here are the results this week.

Member poll June 22nd 2013

 

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