Posts By: James Whelan

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Fellowship

September 8, 2014

Circles of commitment

Mike Pulsford’s article outlines a model for thinking about the different levels of engagement of people involved in a campaign; what kinds of things people at each level can do, and what support they need to do those things; and how people can move from one level to another, aka a ‘ladder of engagement’. It also…

what makes people tick
Featured

July 8, 2014

Winter activist reading

What makes people tick? The three hidden worlds of settlers, prospectors and pioneers Chris Rose is well known to campaigners and strategists for his brilliant website and manual How to Win Campaigns. With What makes people tick?, Chris introduces the reader to settlers, prospectors and pioneers. Companies and campaigners, from Greenpeace to Shell, from the…

Bill and Col in the gallery
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Circles of commitment, ladders of engagement

[Emma Wasson reflects:] The Wilderness Society is using an adaptation of the ‘Circles of Commitment’ framework adapted from Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Church” to develop a conceptual framework to measure the activity and engagement of individuals in our organisation. The Wilderness Society speak of ‘Circles of Engagement’ (rather than ‘Circles of Commitment’). We found…

Bentley blockade
General News

June 30, 2014

Understanding the success at Bentley

The six pillars of the Northern Rivers social movement against unconventional gas as evident in the Bentley blockade Based on an interview with Lock the Gate National Chair, Simon Clough by Ken McLeod, 14 June 2014 Social movements promote participatory democracy. They are a grassroots response when the existing democratic system fails to respond to…

deep in thought
Fellowship

May 19, 2014

Community organising program: building power

We’re mid-way through the first cycle of our Community Organising Fellowship. The cohort of 25 organisers gathered in Pittwater (Sydney) in late February 2014 for our first workshop. During the 10 day residential workshop, we learnt a lot about each other and ourselves, shared ideas, tools and resources, and sharpened our campaign strategies. This short video…

Campaigners Toolkit
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Build your own campaigners toolkit

Our new website allows activists and organisers to create your own tailored collection of resources. First, select from 72 tags to specify your topic of interest. Perhaps you’re looking for resources on ‘lobbying’ or ‘communication’ in the context of a campaign that’s about the ‘environment’ or ‘peace’. Or you might be looking for a ‘case…

Fellowship cohort at Yengo
Fellowship

April 23, 2014

Community Organising Fellowship workshop #2

We’re just back from Workshop #2 of the Community Organising Fellowship where our cohort enjoyed a fantastic line up of guest facilitators and presenters.  On the first day we  dived into two parallel full day sessions, the first on effective organising around an election  led by Mark Wakeham, Acting Executive Director at Environment Victoria who…

tCA old website
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April 21, 2014

Say hello to the Change Agency’s new website!

We’ve revolutionised access to our unique resource collection. The Change Agency team has been creating, collecting and adapting resources for activists and organisers for almost 20 years. Since we created our first website in 2006, it has had almost one million visitors and more than 10,000 downloads each month. Although popular, our ageing site was stacked…