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Assessing policy windows: our new campaign strategy process guide

Assessing policy windows: our new campaign strategy process guide

If you've been a campaigner for more than a year or two, you will surely have experienced brick walls... campaigns that just don't seem winnable. You're focused on a real problem and have a sense of a policy solution, but your campaign just isn't gaining traction....

How many climate activists does it take to run a good open space?

How many climate activists does it take to run a good open space?

- Mick Power, Membership and Campaign Coordinator, US Climate Action Network How many climate activists does it take to change a lightbulb? Or to change the world? How many facilitators does it take to run a successful open space session for 300 climate activists from...

Nonviolence unbound: Brian Martin’s latest

Nonviolence unbound: Brian Martin’s latest

Rallies, strikes, boycotts, sit-ins - these and other methods of nonviolent action can be used to bring down dictators. Nonviolence Unbound shows how insights into what makes nonviolent action effective can be applied to four completely different arenas: defending...

Nominations now open for the NSW Human Rights Award

Nominations now open for the NSW Human Rights Award

Human rights activists across Australia are encouraged to nominate now for the NSW Human Rights Award, with entries closing on Friday, 21 August 2015. The NSW Human Rights Award pays tribute to a person who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the...

Thank you, Randy

Thank you, Randy

Since the mid 1990s, Randy Stoecker has created and shared the awesome Comm-Org list-serve. At a time when e-groups were new and (in Australia, at least), sharing resources about community organising was radical pioneering work, Randy collated, curated and...

Community Organising Fellowship update

Community Organising Fellowship update

We've just returned from the second workshop in this year's Fellowship. We gathered at Commonground where campaigners and organisers have strategised and connected for more than 20 years. Our key themes were cultural awareness, diversity and privilege, corporate...

Community Organising graduate profile: Mike Pulsford

Community Organising graduate profile: Mike Pulsford

Michael Pulsford (centre) is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently a community organiser with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Why is community organising an important part of the solution in my community? Climate change, in 2015, is a...

Community Organising graduate profile: Emma Wasson

Community Organising graduate profile: Emma Wasson

Emma Wasson (centre) is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently Community Organising with The Wilderness Society. Why is community organising an important part of the solution in my community? A movement is only as strong as the people and the...

Community Organising Graduate Profile: Millie Telford

Community Organising Graduate Profile: Millie Telford

Millie Telford (at left in this photo) is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently the Director of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Why is community organising an important part of the solution in my community? People are our most valuable...

What do community organisers DO?

What do community organisers DO?

Organisers are sometimes described as 'Jack of all trades'. It can be a complex and demanding role. To make sense of the role, the Change Agency synthesised recent position descriptions developed by social movement groups. We then cross-referenced that with education...

Education or training? What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Education or training? What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Training prepares people to do simple tasks reliably. It's generally very practical and focuses on the competent completion of tasks. Education develops skills and knowledge. It involves forming and communicating ideas, developing and challenging understandings and...