The Tipping Point ─ the point at which ‘the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.’ — Malcolm Gladwell
Tipping Point North South has roots in social action campaigning, where, to understand the big issues affecting all of us, you need to dive deep into the structures that underpin them. That means working harder to understand a situation; challenging preconceived ideas; being in for the ‘long haul’. It also, typically, means the rewards are greater because they are fundamentally changing a situation – be it about rights or the economy or the environment. Reveal and expose the root causes and you are halfway there to making fundamental change.
We initiate and support projects which seek to make a meaningful contribution to this effort. We are interested in being part of a ‘tipping point‘ where the rich world (the ‘north‘) both acknowledges its role in the profound inequality we face as a human family and acts upon that knowledge – led by concerned citizens calling for social justice, where-ever and however that may look. We have a wide ranging policy and campaigns knowledge base across a range of issues and we have excellent links to the creative industries. Whether we blend these two areas of our activity or not, we constantly want to find creative, imaginative ways to take ‘what we know’ to a wider public audience.
This means we work across different mediums – documentary film; events; festivals; stand alone single issue campaigns. We are equally happy developing in-house projects or working in partnership with other organisations. In all cases, ethical practice is central to our work, our partnerships and our funding sources.
‘The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice’. Martin Luther King was right on both counts. Structural change is hard to win and slow to come, not least because it challenges vested interests of many types. But history shows us, if we keep at it, keep speaking truth to power, it is attainable.