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Moved to Action: Joel Dignam’s review of Hahrie Han’s text

Moved to Action: Joel Dignam’s review of Hahrie Han’s text

Hahrie Han’s Moved to Action (published in 2009) tackles the question of what motivates political participation by people who face significant barriers to participation. While some people have many resources that facilitate political participation (education, wealth,...

Can the Centre Hold? (book review)

Can the Centre Hold? (book review)

Joel Dignam reviews Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom’s ‘The Starfish and the Spider’. Decentralisation is so hot right now. People are talking about swarms, distributed leadership, horizontal learning. And it's not the only thing that's so hot right now. The new pro-coal...

Relational organising and transactional mobilising

Relational organising and transactional mobilising

How can we maximise the relational potential of tactics that are primarily designed to turn people out for our rallies and other public events? How can we harness the power of shared interests and values when we're focused on organising events to show numbers? For the...

New community organising guide launched

New community organising guide launched

On Friday 25 November, we officially launched our new Community Organising training guide during the national FWD+Organise conference in Sydney. Even before the launch, word of mouth (and social media) had generated national and international interest. Already, the...

Strengthening our national network of community organisers

Strengthening our national network of community organisers

Since our Community Organising Fellowship kicked off in 2014, seventy-three passionate organisers have graduated. They're hard at work building leader-full campaigns and movements right around Australia. Twenty-five graduates came together on Friday 25 November for...

Community Organising Guide: Our second training guide has been published!

Community Organising Guide: Our second training guide has been published!

 “In a democracy there are only two types of power. There’s organised people and organised money. Organised money only wins when people aren’t organised.” -- Benjamin Todd Jealous The Community Organising Guide is a unique resource for campaigners, community leaders...

Comm Org fellow profile: Adele Neale

Comm Org fellow profile: Adele Neale

Here by the beach in south-east Melbourne, we’ve just come out of a whirlwind 4-month election campaign in the electorate of Dunkley (as well as Deakin electorate in the east, where we worked with ACF). We are building community power through deep and ongoing...

Comm org fellow profile: Cherry’s campaign for the reef

Comm org fellow profile: Cherry’s campaign for the reef

My name is Cherry Muddle and I'm the Great Barrier Reef Campaigner with the Australian MarineConservation Society. I work on the Fight for the Reef campaign in Airlie Beach - the heart of the Reef. The campaign is a partnership between the Australian Marine...

Learning to design and lead workshops with activists

Learning to design and lead workshops with activists

A few weeks ago, I was invited by the convenor of the 350.org group in Sydney to lead a short workshop with their team. Their campaign to encourage universities and other institutions to divest from fossil fuels is building momentum. They're actively recruiting and...

Community organising for climate justice

Community organising for climate justice

Graduates of our Community Organising Fellowship played key leadership roles in the People’s Climate March in November. Around the world, three-quarters of a million people marched to encourage their leaders to take strong commitments to Paris. Marches were held in 50...