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Free The Change is curated by Simon Bateson, the network itself and guest contributors. Simon is the Creative Director and founder of Take One Action and Free The Change, which together support thousands of change-makers across Scotland and beyond to be the change they want to see in the world.

Simon has a 15 year background in training, facilitation, campaigns and communications for civic action on a host of issues, including climate change, democracy and international development. He has worked with/for organisations including Global Justice Now, Christian Aid, The British Museum and United Nations - in South Africa, India, Sierra Leone, Palestine and the UK. Simon is passionate about building and sustaining fulfilling civic participation among people of all social backgrounds and generations. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Scottish Geographical Society and one of The List's "top 100 cultural figures to watch". He lives in Edinburgh.


Training, facilitation, consultation FOR YOUR GROUP OR PROJECT

Simon works with networks, communities and organisations creating positive social change, to help them:

  • Design and facilitate empowerment programmes, events and projects, working with all age groups and communities.
  • Enable strategic thinking, impact planning and reporting - with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.
  • Support related campaigns and communications (strategy, branding, key messages, copy and design).

 

IN OTHER WORDS

“Empowering” The Scotsman |  “Fresh, sobering and positive” The Skinny | | “Acclaimed and globally conscious” New Internationalist | “An exemplar in relation to true audience engagement” Creative Scotland | “Breaks down the barriers that separate us” The Herald | “This work is really, really important” Ken Loach | “Want to change the world? These guys will rouse you into action” The Guardian | "Brings to light stories that were hidden" Archbishop Desmond Tutu
 

GET IN TOUCH

If you'd welcome a conversation about how I might be able to support your empowerment work - as a trainer, facilitator or consultant, please get in touch. And if I can't help, I'll try and recommend someone who can. Contact Simon.


SNAPSHOTS OF WORK

  Chairing audience-panel discussion

Chairing audience-panel discussion

  Workshop facilitation, Mumbai

Workshop facilitation, Mumbai

  12 week discussion series, Edinburgh

12 week discussion series, Edinburgh

  Deliberative assembly, video link

Deliberative assembly, video link

  Parliamantary lobby, Westminster

Parliamantary lobby, Westminster

  Launch and press, The People's G20

Launch and press, The People's G20

  Audience interaction, film festival

Audience interaction, film festival

  Young Action Heroes, Stirling

Young Action Heroes, Stirling

  Chairing Scottish Parliamant debate

Chairing Scottish Parliamant debate

  Gordon Brown The British Museum

Gordon Brown The British Museum

  Voter education radio, Sierra Leone

Voter education radio, Sierra Leone

  Workshop co-facilitation, Chennai

Workshop co-facilitation, Chennai