Arnie Graf – lecture and community organising tour – October 2015

At a time when membership, participation and public confidence in traditional party politics are at a low ebb, the Southern Policy Centre has a programme of work to encourage innovative forms of public participation.

To date this has involved support for deliberative polling and a pilot constitutional convention. Arnie Graf’s tour has been organised by the SPC as part of this programme.

Arnie Graf is a prominent US advocate of community organising, the movement that gave Barak Obama early training and which has influenced, amongst others, the UK Citizens movement that first put the Living Wage on the political map in Britain.

The tour begins with ‘Reconnecting politics with people‘, an evening with Arnie Graf and Danny Kruger, moderated by Isabel Hardman (assistant editor of The Spectator). The event is being organised in collaboration with the Winchester Centre for English Identity and Politics, and the Centre for Theology and Religion in Public Life.

Date: Thursday 22 October

Time: 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Location: Stripe Auditorium, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road SO22 4NR

Admission £5.00, including wine and refreshments beforehand.

Booking essential: book your place now.

Based in Chicago, Arnie Graf has more than 50 years’ experience of community organising. A disciple of Saul Alinksy, Graf mentored a young Barack Obama while both were involved in church-based community action. In 2011 Ed Miliband appointed him to his team of advisers, with a special brief to conduct a root-and-branch review of the Labour Party and reconnect it with voters.

Danny Kruger is Chief Executive of the criminal justice charity Only Connect which helps prisoners, former criminals and young people at risk of reoffending. A former special adviser to David Cameron, Kruger was a leading advocate of the Big Society, ‘compassionate Conservatism’ and the need for the party to embrace ‘social justice’. He is a former chief leader writer at the Daily Telegraph.

Flier with full event details

Other events on the Arnie Graf tour: 

Attlee Memorial Lecture University of Oxford Friday 23rd October
Southampton community workshop Southampton City Council Saturday 24th October
Interfaith workshop London Monday 26th October
Lecture at the

University of Southampton


University of Southampton


Monday 26th October