We’ve been shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year by Civility in Politics Award

19 Jul We’ve been shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year by Civility in Politics Award

In June it was announced that we were shortlisted for the ‘Campaigner of the Year’ at the Civility in Politics Awards 2022 for: 

“promoting gentle protest, and particularly
the ‘canary craftivist’ climate activism.” 

The Civility in Politics awards are designed to encourage, reward and celebrate thoughtful, reflective public debate that reaches across the aisle and seeks to improve our civil discourse. Their panel of distinguished judges, drawn from across the political spectrum selected from nominees put forward by the public and we where chosen as one of the seven shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year! 

Announcing the shortlist, Lord Stewart Wood said:

“We had a bumper crop of entries for this year’s awards – over 200.
Shortlisting was a tough job for the judging panel.” 

Su Moore, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation who alongside Lord Wood sits on the steering group continued;

“When, too often, we hear about examples of discourse being uncivil,
the nominations showed that there is another way.“

The others shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year were the incredible:

  • Footballer Marcus Rashford for bringing people together to take action on child food poverty.
  • Res Publica for promoting open discussion and debate through a new student media platform.
  • Richard Ratcliffe for his successful campaign to free his wife Nazanin from unjust detention in Iran.
  • Simon Richards for his civil and honourable approach to his work as former CEO of the Freedom Association.
  • Simple Politics for their work to extend the public’s political literacy and to encourage citizens to be respectful in the role they play as part of national conversation.
  • Zehra Zaidi for work founding the ‘We Too Built Britain’ campaign, which aims to build cohesion in society by celebrating diversity. 

The awards evening was on Wednesday 29th June last week. And also included awards for: 

🏆 Politician of the Year

🏆 Bridge Builders of the Year

🏆 Daniel Stephenson Award

The staff of Civility in Politics kindly emailed me some snippets of nominations we received. Below are four of my favourite quotes (from twenty nine to chose from!)  that remind us of various ways our gentle craftivism can have positive impacts in our messy world:  

“I was able to engage with people who had never taken part in activism before through the Canary Craftivists campaign… We were incredibly well supported and encouraged by the Craftivist Collective and with the benefit of their expertise we were able to make the front page of our local newspaper.” 
“I wanted to nominate them because
 they have made me engage in activism and climate action, someone who has never taken part before… activism doesn’t always have to be loud or large. You can do it in a civil, polite and courteous way too.” 
“This group [Craftivist Collective] demonstrates that people can have a voice in creative yet powerful ways. Arguments can be made to and through many people doing something beautiful.” 
“Our little ‘flock’ in our constituency had never met before and were a truly diverse group with a common purpose… Protest with civility!”

Three craftivists (from L-R: teenage Esther, Rina and me: Sarah) attended the awards night in Westminster, London. It was a great opportunity to meet politicians and influencers at the event who may be able to help us with future compassionate campaigning projects 😉 It was lovely to meet many of the distinguished judges who told us how impressed they were by our Gentle Protest approach to campaigning – it was so encouraging. And it was really educational for all three of us to learn about campaigns, organisations and powerholders doing transformational work that is often quiet and we may not have heard about elsewhere.

And the winner is…

Richard Ratcliffe rightly won ‘Campaigner of the Year’ award for his successful campaign to free his wife Nazanin from unjust detention in Iran. 

All of us shortlisted where genuinely so happy that Richard won and agreed that if he had not win, we would have all ‘done an Adele Grammy moment’ when Beyoncé didn’t win Album of the Year for her Lemonade album & Adele said thank you but she could not accept the award! 

To meet Richard, Nazanin & their young daughter was very special & the whole evening was so inspiring, empowering, encouraging &… civil (until some of us when for dinner together afterwards!). 

From Left to Right: Nazanin Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe and Sarah Corbett. 

Hearing stories and speeches from politicians, campaigners and members of the House of Lords from very different political standpoints sharing candidly how they had worked together for a common cause, for a purpose beyond themselves and always engaging with each other in a respectful and compassionate way even during the most challenging debates was an important reminder that we can protest gently and how powerful the outcomes can be…

Thank you to everyone who nominated us and I hope you enjoyed reading this little bit of good news. More good news heading your way 1st August 😉

Ok, I have to get back to creating our epic Craftivist Collective Handbook that you can preorder here: www.unbound.com/books/craftivist-collective-handbook

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All my solidarity, 

Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective.

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