Organisation: Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab)
On the first day of the Social Outcomes Conference 2022, Prof. Julie Battilana (Harvard) delivered a keynote presentation on Power and Social Change.
Prof Battilana explored the different roles of 'agitators, innovators, and orchestrators', and explained how all three types of changer-makers are needed to 'harness power for positive change'. Battilana argued that we need to begin these changes through greater civic education at a younger age.
This was followed by a panel discussion with scholars and practitioners. David Knott, from The National Lottery Community Fund, spoke about how they were altering their practice as an organisation by 'changing our model of delivery to be relational'.
Knott elaborated on this issue by saying that there are current efforts to create a significant power shift in relation to grantees. Mehreen Shahid (Safe Delivery Safe Mother) spoke from her experience in Pakistan, emphasising the need to engage at a grassroots level, and recognising the significant role of civil society in the process towards change.