Posts By: James Whelan

starfish
General News

January 19, 2017

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 Turnbull Government is attacking renewable energy. People over the world are feeling climate…

tactics cards
General News

December 1, 2016

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 Organise conference in Sydney, James and Fee designed and experimented with…

launching the community organising guide
General News

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 Guide is in 16 countries, including the US, UK and Canada, Ireland, Croatia, Belgium, Kenya, Aotearoa and…

Community Organising Fellowship retreat 2016
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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 our first graduates’ retreat, a weekend of conversation, analysis, celebration and connecting. The retreat was timed to coincide with the…

Community Organising Guide cover
General News

November 1, 2016

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 and activist educators. It’s a collection of 39 process guides, 50 handouts 4 original case…

Adele election campaign
General News

July 13, 2016

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 organising in this area, where the vote is close in state…

protect the reef
General News

June 9, 2016

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 Conservation Society and WWF-Australia. Three years ago we launched the Fight for the Reef campaign in response…

spiral model - action research
General News

April 6, 2016

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 training new leaders, and wanted to build their skills and confidence to design and…

peoples climate march
Featured

December 6, 2015

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 cities and towns right around Australia. Their leadership speaks volumes about the impact of…

manual launch
General News

September 29, 2015

Launching our Campaign strategy guide: Instalment #1 of the ‘People Power’ manual

We launched our Campaign Strategy Guide last week at the Organise 2015 conference in Sydney. Pasifika director and co-author of the Guide, Jason MacLeod, described how many of the 24 how-to process guides contained in our new publication are being used by activists in Australia and the Pacific. Advocacy Coach and all-round movement builder Anita Tang gave…