Posts By: James Whelan

Nic Clyde
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November 15, 2017

Comm Org Fellow Profile: Nic Clyde

Nic is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently NSW Community Coordinator with Lock the Gate Alliance. Why are you passionate about Community Organising? Why is organising an important part of the solution in your community?  One of the great things about being part of Lock the Gate is working directly with mining-affected communities….

moved to action
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June 19, 2017

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, a political awareness), others don’t – and yet they still, in certain circumstances, become politically engaged. What’s going on? Han…

starfish
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…