Posts By: James Whelan

strategising
Fellowship

May 11, 2015

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 campaigning, electoral organising and facilitation. Participants’ highlights included: There was a strong sense of a safe space to discuss…

divestment day crowd
Fellowship

April 8, 2015

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 problem of power: the climate movement has less power than we need to win what we…

change makers graduation
Fellowship

April 7, 2015

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 connections within it. Community organising is an important part of building cohesion in…

SEED dancers at flotilla_small
Fellowship

March 12, 2015

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 resource as a movement. I truly believe that if we can organise ourselves…

What do community organisers DO
General News

February 16, 2015

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 and training programs to identify eleven key attributes and skills associated with powerful organising work:…

education vs training
General News

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 learning to conceptualise and solve problems. Community organising and campaigning are not basic skills or competencies that can be learnt through…

Ellen Roberts
Fellowship

February 11, 2015

Community organising graduate profile: Ellen Roberts

Ellen is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently a coordinator with the Mackay Conservation Group. Why are you passionate about Community Organising? Why is organising an important part of the solution in your community?  Central Queensland has been feeling the impacts of coal and coal seam gas for decades, with thousands of…

Jaime Yallup Farrant
Fellowship

January 20, 2015

Community organising graduate profile: Jaime Yallup Farrant

Jaime is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is a crowd funded Climate Campaigner in Perth WA and the coordinator of 350 Perth. Why are you passionate about Community Organising? Why is organising an important part of the solution in your community?  Only with organised people can we defeat organised money. It sounds like a…

Taegen
Featured

October 6, 2014

Community Organising graduate profile: Taegen Edwards

Taegen is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently a Community Organising Manager with Solar Citizens. Why are you passionate about Community Organising? Why is organising an important part of the solution in your community?  A big part of the reason I love my job as an organiser at Solar Citizens is the people…