How it works for individuals

Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or you’ve only just realised that you’d like to change the world… Whether you’re well-established in Leeds or you’ve only just arrived… Whoever you are, Leeds for Change puts you in touch with the hundreds of campaigning groups across the city who are trying to make the world a better place.

Once we get beyond the pilot phase, this site will become the place to go to discover

  • what’s happening over the coming weeks
  • what actions you can add your weight to
  • practical campaigning ideas
  • who to turn to if you need to learn some new skills
  • info on venues and resources

But wait. There’s more.

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To make the most of the site, you need to become a registered user. That’s the easiest way of establishing communications with other campaigners across the city. You’ll be able to contact any of the groups in the network and specify precisely how you’d like to be involved.

Even more newsletters? Or not?

Of course, every group listed has a tickbox where you can sign up for their mailings – but maybe your inbox already has way too much of this stuff? If so, we’ve come up with a great solution.

Many of the smaller groups in Leeds don’t have the capacity to send out their own regular newsletter – but most of them have something to say, an event to publicise or a campaign that needs promoting. And our idea – eventually – is to publish a customised monthly newsletter that contains all the stories that match the criteria that you specify. So, if you’re into cycling, cohousing and food-growing, every month you’ll get a copy of Leeds Cycling, Cohousing and Food-growing News!

Once you’ve done that, you can then start purging your inbox of all those mailings from groups that you’d like to see flourishing but don’t really have the time to support. (Or am I alone in this?) This scheme’s still in the pipeline – but watch this space…

Somewhere down the line

Once we start collecting a substantial number of registered users, we can then sell all their personal data to Google. Sorry – just kidding. We’ll then be sitting on a heap of potentially useful data that tells us which areas of Leeds have the most fuel-poverty activists and who’s most likely to be interested in opposing fracking in Roundhay Park.

We’re not at that stage yet, but you need to know that we will not pass any of your personal data on to anyone else without your express permission and we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that it remains secure.

From time to time we may present aggregated data on the site (eg: interests grouped by ward or postal area), but never in a way that allows identification of individuals. To enable this sort of statistical analysis, we ask for your postcode when you register (which appears as an anonymous blob on our user map) but this is never presented in connection with your name or other data without your specific permission.

The sort of situation in which some people might want to be identified on the map is where a campaign needs local coordinators to organise lobbying of local MPs.

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