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tCA news - february 2011

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During February and March, members of the tCA collective will be be facilitating workshops with the 100% Renewable Energy campaign. We've supported this campaign since its inception, working with the national team of organisers to develop their strategy and providing monthly mentoring support. In 2011, the campaign is building, with new organisers in several regions and online innovations to target their advocacy and hold Parliamentarians accountable for their commitments to climate action. It's exciting to witness this campaign's growth, evolving strategy, determination and creativity... and a privilege to support the team.

In honour and respect of activists whose lives are on the line everyday

This month, our activist friend David Kato was brutally murdered in Uganda for being kuchu (gay), and for speaking out against homophobic actions by the Ugandan government and church groups. David was grandfather of the kuchus, a long time campaigner for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights in East Africa. The Change Agency had the privilege of working with David and his colleagues at Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) in 2007. We are shocked and saddened by Davidís death and deeply humbled by the work of activists like David who put their lives on the line everyday to fight for peace, justice and equality.

At home here in Australia, LGBTIQ activists are still struggling against conservative politicians to have their lives recognised, their safety in the community protected and their rights enshrined in law. Without their work, many LGBTIQ people would still be struggling for basic freedoms as Kuchus are in Uganda. For more information > International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

For the remainder of 2011, our enews will be emailed every second month. Be sure to email us your ideas for articles, links and online resources.

great online resources

Each month, enews subscribers share with us the websites and online resources they're developing, discovering and learning from in their community organising. This month we're grateful to Ben M for the first five linked below. During his time in the States, Ben asked social movement leaders what they were reading. Enjoy this month's batch and be sure to drop us a line to suggest links for the next enews.

Finding frames new ways to engage the UK public in global poverty - Andrew Darnton & Martin Kirk (Oxfam/DFID) explore the potential for frames theory to be used as a practical tool to re-engage the UK public in global poverty.

International values outline campaign planner - Chris Rose and Pat Dade's planner integrates the CDSM model (aka Values Modes) with the work of Professor Shalom Schwatrz of the Hebrew University Jerusalem to provided an outline guide of motivations which can be used to match the design of offers or asks to audiences according to motivation.

VBCOB - A unifying campaign strategy model - Chris Rose' model provides a simple link between teh common desire of social campaigners to influence opinion and politics with values and behaviour.

Using Values Modes - Chris Rose (Campaign Strategy) and Pat Dade (Cultural Dynamics) provide the essential outline of the Whys and Wherefores of using Values Modes. In their own ways, these are probably the two leading practioners of Values Modes today. Here they describe the foundations for the application of Values to real-world programs.

Common Cause: The case for working with our cultural values - Whatever the recent successes of civil society organisations in helping to address such challenges, it seems that current responses are incommensurate with the scale of the problems we confront. It is increasingly evident that resistance to action on these challenges will only be overcome through engagement with the cultural values that underpin this resistance. It also seems clear that, in trying to meet these challenges, civil society organisations must champion some long-held (but insufficiently esteemed) values, while seeking to diminish the primacy of many values which are now prominent Ė at least in Western industrialised society.

10 questions to help Anna find awesome activist case studies - Our friend Anna is looking for case studies for a course she's developing: "I want the case studies to be broad, interesting, diverse and from all around the world. I have ten questions on topics I'd love help with, with some questions. If you have any ideas or links, please help! Lots of young activist will do this course as well as young professionals - let's inspire them!"

Looking for What Works: Best Online Organizing Reads of 2010 - If Google's 2010 Zeitgest covered the world of digital organizing and social change, we probably wouldn't get much beyond "Gladwell," and "Wikileaks." But behind the buzz were some truly inspired commentaries and discussions from our friends and colleagues that enriched the entire field of online organizing and digital social change-making. (Check out Nick Moraitis' 'Purpose-driven Campaigning especially).

Top Ten Accomplishments of Egypt Demonstrators - The protest movement in Egypt scored several victories on Friday, but did not actually succeed in getting President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Their accomplishments include >

Shocking and moving footage of nonviolent protests in Egypt - Protestors maintain solidarity and nonviolent discipline despite being hit by cars, blasted with water cannons and tear gas and ultimately prevail until the security forces retreat.

ĎIím showing two colleagues Twitter. They say they donít get itÖí - Itís always good to show people Twitter when they donít use it themselves... A graphic illustration of Twitter's utility (from a non-activist perspective, but transferable).

upcoming learning opportunities

Our online calendar has details of additional events and opportunities. Contact us if you have something to add to the calendar.

Sydney Facilitators Network | Sydney, 5.30pm February 14 - "Planning from the Future Backwards Ė How to strategically plan in times of turbulence" with Lee Carsley.

Anarchist summer school |Sydney, 18-20 Feb - Topics including: experiences of capitalism, anarcho-feminism, people of colour and post-colonial anarchism, workers' control and anarcho-syndicalism, anarchist spaces, indigenous struggles and different streams of anarchist thought and practice.

Board Builder Conference | Melbourne, Feb 18

Training in Aesthetics of Theatre of the Oppressed | Brisbane, 15-17 April - Participants will be introduced to a number of different artistic mediums as a means for future application in their work as artists, teachers, change agents, and/or to enhance and deepen their experience of Theatre of the Oppressed. The techniques in this workshop have been developed by Augusto Boal. and written about in his last book, Aesthetics of Theatre of the Oppressed.

How to do transformational work | Minneapolis, May 9-14 - Effective training is not just about being able to teach the hard skills, it is also about recognizing the self-limiting beliefs that hold people and groups back from reaching their full potential. In this workshop you will learn different techniques for interventions and get better at support participants through the emotional work that is sometimes needed for people to overcome the fears, anxieties and traumas that get in the way of stronger activism.

VCOSS Clearinghouse Rural and Regional Training | Victoria, throughout 2011 - The VCOSS Rural and Regional Training program will be delivered across the state to deliver 40 face to face training sessions for staff and volunteers from the Victorian community sector on:Roles, Responsibilities, Liabilities & Protections of Committees and Board Members; Grant Writing; Strategic Planning; Disagreements, disputes and all-out war: Strategies for dealing with conflict in boards and committees; Making sense of financial statements; Getting to Know Philanthropy

Social Leadership Development Program - Applications invited (by March 31) for this twelve month program for people in communities around Australia who want to develop and exercise social leadership.

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