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UpRising Launch Learning Session – 2010-2011!

Tuesday 13 July 2010 saw the launch of the UpRising year 2010-2011. The event was graciously hosted by the Macquarie Group Foundation. Participants were welcomed to the venue by Lord Gus Macdonald, current Chairman of Macquarie’s Investment Banking Group in Europe. Jonny Zander, Director of Kaizen Partnership, ran an interactive workshop where participants were able […]

UpRising Graduation Ceremony, celebrating the 2009-2010 cohort of UpRisers

On Monday, 14th June Clifford Chance LLP hosted the 2010 Graduation ceremony for the UpRising Leadership Programme.  The event was an exciting tribute to the 2009-2010 cohort of UpRisers – 19-25 year-olds who commit one year to engage in leadership training and hands-on community campaigning to change their communities for the better.  UpRising was founded […]

Barking and Dagenham Question Time Event Tuesday 4 May, 2010

  A Community Campaign project report from Liam Baxter of the 2009/10 UpRising Cohort in partnership with Ekky Haque and the Community Service Volunteers charity With the General Election looming just two days away and the future of both the local borough and the local council in the hands of the residents of Barking, Tuesday 4 […]

UpRising Community Action Day

We had a great time volunteering at Stepping Stones Farm in Stepney Green on Saturday 24 April. Stepping Stones is a community based (and entirely volunteer run) City Farm and Rural Crafts Centre in the heart of Stepney, in London’s East End. A group effort of clearing out the duck pond and painting the surrounding […]

Stop whining, start singing

“Tell me why you took my house away, tell me why you’re making my children pay, tell me why I never wanna hear you say, Capitalism is the right way”     The final UpRising Learning Session of 2009-2010 was “epic,” according to one participant. The 20 April event kicked off with UpRising Time, a […]

Apply to be part of the next UpRising generation!

Apply now for UpRising 2010-2011. To learn more email us at or call us on 020 8709 9029.

The ethical challenges of leadership

 “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”  Nelson Mandela        “Do you mainly make decisions based on logical reasoning?”  “Is it ever okay to lie?”  “To what extent do you refer to your ethical beliefs when making decisions?” These are a few of the challenging issues posed […]

UpRising at Scotland Yard

On Saturday 27 March 2010, UpRising participants and programme organisers took part in day-long event run by the National Community Tension Team at the Metropolitan Police headquarters in the New Scotland Yard building. The NCTT is a team that represents the police service in some of the most controversial areas of policing, including counter-terrorism operations. Eleven […]

Visit to Parliament with Jon Cruddas

UpRising participants had the fantastic opportunity to meet Jon Cruddas MP in Parliament on 16 February 2010. UpRisers and Jon Cruddas held an informal conversation about issues relating to their borough, broader political and social happenings and Cruddas’s own career background and beliefs. Some of the topics discussed included the rise of the BNP in Barking and […]

Visit to Newham Council

UpRising participants had the opportunity to witness local democracy in action by sitting in on a cabinet meeting at Newham Town Hall in East Ham, on 11 February 2010. The meeting was chaired by the borough’s Mayor, Sir Robin Wales. Some of the topics discussed at the meeting were the final proposals for the Council’s Budget Framework and […]