Project partners

Since 2005, we’ve had the privilege to work as facilitators, trainers and researchers with groups including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Services Leadership Alliance
  • Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities
  • Amnesty International Australia and in East Africa
  • Anvil Hill Alliance
  • Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
  • Australia Tibet Council
  • Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Australian Koala Alliance
  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • Australian Services Union
  • Australian Student Environment Network
  • Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
  • Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition
  • Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre
  • Brisbane Social Forum
  • Centre for Popular Education University of Technology Sydney
  • Climate Action Network Australia
  • Climate Action Summit 2009
  • Community and Public Sector Union
  • Community Organising School – Sydney
  • Community Resource Unit  - Brisbane
  • Community and Public Sector Union – WA branch
  • Community Safeguards Coalition – Queensland
  • Conservation Council of Western Australia
  • Contact Inc
  • Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (Victoria)
  • East Sepik Council of Women – Wewak, Papua New Guinea
  • Ecopolitics Association Australia
  • Education Action Supporting Environment Groups
  • Family Advocacy
  • Freedom and Roam Uganda
  • Friends of the Earth Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, International
  • Friends of Scott Parkin
  • GetUp!
  • Global Education Centre – Wellington, Aotearoa/NZ
  • Greenpeace Australia Pacific  - Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Suva
  • Green Steps (Monash University)
  • Griffith University Student Services
  • Humanitarian Crisis Hub
  • Illawara Forum | Regional Tenants Resource Centre
  • Instituto de Permacultura é Ecovilas do Cerrado – Brazil
  • Integrated Environmental Education Project – NSW Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Integrated Sustainability Education Partnership Program
  • Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Just Focus – Youth Focus for a Just World, Wellington, Aotearoa/NZ
  • Kotare Trust – Social Change Research and Education Centre, Aotearoa
  • Lumbu Indigenous Community Foundation
  • Maleny Voice
  • Melbourne University Student Union
  • Mittagong Forum
  • Murdoch University Student Guild
  • Murray Lower Darling River Indigenous Nations
  • Nanotechnology Project, Friends of the Earth
  • National Parks Association Victoria and NSW
  • Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
  • Nonviolence Training Project
  • Now We The People
  • Oxfam
  • Pt’Chang Community Safety Group
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Services Advisory Council
  • Queensland Children’s Services Alliance
  • Queensland Community Arts Network
  • Queensland Conservation Council
  • Queensland Council of Unions
  • Queensland Parents of People with a Disability
  • Queensland Services Union
  • Queensland Youth Environment Council
  • Roberts Evaluation
  • Royal Melbourne Institute Technology Student Union
  • RMIT Community Advocacy Unit
  • Sexual Minorities Uganda
  • Six Degrees
  • Social Action Office
  • South East Queensland Traditional Owners Alliance
  • SpeakOut
  • Starhawk
  • Student Environmental Activist Network
  • Students of Sustainability organisers and participants
  • Stylin’ Up
  • Sustainable Bathurst
  • Sustainable Living Festival
  • Sustainability Educators’ Conference (NSW)
  • Sydney Social Forum
  • The Benevolent Society
  • The Big Switch
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Total Environment Centre
  • Training for Change
  • Transparency International
  • Treaty Resource Centre – Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand
  • Unions Western Australia
  • United Nations Youth Association
  • Voiceless
  • Woodford Folk Festival
  • World Vision
  • Youth Earth Symposium

… and thousands of individual organisers representing hundreds of organisations, networks and alliances around Australia and the Pacific.

What are people saying about us?

Chloe_A

Chloe Aldenhoven, Victorian Lock the Gate Coordinator

A packed program of skills, stories and discussions to figure out how to build the place of community development in our campaigns. So important to draw on the experience and wisdom of past campaigns and seasoned campaigners.  But not only that, an amazing opportunity to learn with and from the cohort of campaigners from across the country who between them have decades of organising experience.  Skills, conversations and connections that are going to be essential to us building a movement to achieve climate justice in Australia.
2015-03-17T19:27:44+00:00
Chloe_A
A packed program of skills, stories and discussions to figure out how to build the place of community development in our campaigns. So important to draw on the experience and wisdom of past campaigns and seasoned campaigners.  But not only that, an amazing opportunity to learn with and from the cohort of campaigners from across...
Naomi Hodgson

Naomi Hodgson, community organiser, NW NSW

I can emphatically endorse the value of this time to build skills and awareness in strategic thinking and in specific and practical community organising tools. I am sure that with concerted application of the course content I will become a significantly more confident and effective organiser. Furthermore, the value of the relationships that have been forged among the cohort offer great potential for future collaboration and support to help build a more coordinated, cooperative and powerful environment movement in Australia.
2015-03-17T20:49:16+00:00
Naomi Hodgson
I can emphatically endorse the value of this time to build skills and awareness in strategic thinking and in specific and practical community organising tools. I am sure that with concerted application of the course content I will become a significantly more confident and effective organiser. Furthermore, the value of the relationships that have been...
Peter Archer

Peter Archer, World Vision

I have shared with my friends and family that this workshop was the most valuable training I have done. It came at a time when I had become aware of my passion for grassroots activism. The follow-up support equipped me quickly and powerfully to put my learning into practice and age my confidence a huge boost.
2014-03-30T08:11:05+00:00
Peter Archer
I have shared with my friends and family that this workshop was the most valuable training I have done. It came at a time when I had become aware of my passion for grassroots activism. The follow-up support equipped me quickly and powerfully to put my learning into practice and age my confidence a huge...
Julie Lyford

Julie Lyford, Groundswell Gloucester

Such a long fight. Without you and the Change Agency we would be floundering. Thank you so much for your energy, passion, wisdom and guidance and for all that you do in changing the world.
2016-09-30T13:24:47+00:00
Julie Lyford
Such a long fight. Without you and the Change Agency we would be floundering. Thank you so much for your energy, passion, wisdom and guidance and for all that you do in changing the world.
Anna Rose

Anna Rose, ASEN Convenor and NUS National Environment Officer 2005

The Change Agency has contributed enormously to strengthening the student environment movement in Australia and helping us shift to a culture of strategic thinking, planning and reflection on our activism. The training and advice provided by the Change agency over the last twelve months has been invaluable to tens of campus environment collectives and we are already seeing tangible results in real wins in our Campus Clean Energy Camp. Thank you Change Agency!
2014-03-30T07:37:22+00:00
Anna Rose
The Change Agency has contributed enormously to strengthening the student environment movement in Australia and helping us shift to a culture of strategic thinking, planning and reflection on our activism. The training and advice provided by the Change agency over the last twelve months has been invaluable to tens of campus environment collectives and we...
dave & gemma

Dave Muhly, Sierra Club

What began at Pittwater as a collection of skilled campaigners became a cadre of skilled organizers by the final day at Baden Powell. On Sunday evening as we gathered, I overheard one participant chatting with another at a picnic table and heard, "challenge, choice, outcome" as part of her conversation. Another commented at the final circle at how what had seemed like such a large group at Pittwater now seemed like a much smaller group, reflective of how closely this group had bonded as a team despite their vast differences in geography or organizational size or style, but based on a common goal and identity. Concepts like "building teams" and "building relationships" were part of the normal parlance and just a cursory review of the evaluations to date show an increased appreciation for and attention to leadership development and strategic planning. A number of participants reminded me of my off-the-cuff set of definitions about the differences between mobilizing, campaigning and community organising (focusing on local power), and one told me she has it on the wall of her office to inspire her every day. This has been the successful launch of an ambitious and visionary program. Many thanks to James and Kate for their vision, wisdom, and care in developing and nurturing the curriculum and the cohort. Kudos!

2014-09-15T10:27:41+00:00
dave & gemma
What began at Pittwater as a collection of skilled campaigners became a cadre of skilled organizers by the final day at Baden Powell. On Sunday evening as we gathered, I overheard one participant chatting with another at a picnic table and heard, “challenge, choice, outcome” as part of her conversation. Another commented at the final...
Stu Bowen

Stu Bowen, Environmental Manager (Australia & New Zealand) Patagonia International Inc.

James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental and social change.

 
2015-04-29T18:23:01+00:00
Stu Bowen
James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental...
Govind

Govind Maksay, MarketForces organiser

Workshop sessions are extremely well structured, with small group work, personal reflection time and larger group discussions included throughout. This approach allows all participants to contribute and caters for different learning styles and personalities.

In addition to the formal learning, the personal relationships I have formed with other participants and the facilitators will be extremely important to help me become a more effective and confident campaigner. Without hesitation I would recommend the Fellowship to other campaigners.
2015-03-17T19:34:58+00:00
Govind
Workshop sessions are extremely well structured, with small group work, personal reflection time and larger group discussions included throughout. This approach allows all participants to contribute and caters for different learning styles and personalities. In addition to the formal learning, the personal relationships I have formed with other participants and the facilitators will be extremely...
leigh

Leigh Ewbank, Yes2Renewables coordinator

Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.

 By creating a ‘community of practice’ of organisers, those behind the fellowship have shown strategic leadership. The relationships the program has cultivated (within the cohort and between alumni) will pay dividends. 
2015-03-17T20:58:10+00:00
leigh
Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.  By...
Claire O'Rourke

Claire O’Rourke, National Director, Solar Citizens

The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia.

Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is essential for organisations that are working to build power within communities or considering making the leap into this work. 
2015-03-17T21:03:10+00:00
Claire O'Rourke
The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia. Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is...