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2018 Online author talks for organisers (various dates, starting 17 January)

Date: 17/01/2018

2018 Online author talks for organisers (various dates, starting 17 January)

Location: Online
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

As organizers and activists, it’s not always easy to stay abreast of the latest thinking and writing about movement-building. Yet it’s vital to bringing more wisdom, creativity and inspiration to this work! And connecting to others deeply committed to movement-building can help us re-charge. Here is a series of online talks by authors of some…

Civil Resistance Struggles: How Ordinary People Win Rights, Freedom, and Justice | Starting 5 Feb

Date: 08/02/2018

Civil Resistance Struggles: How Ordinary People Win Rights, Freedom, and Justice | Starting 5 Feb

Location: Online
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

In this course, about 50 highly motivated and collaborative participants from around the world will: Study scheduled modules of selected readings, videos, and pre-recorded experts and practitioners’  input on key aspects of nonviolent resistance campaigns and movements; Participate in online discussion forums by sharing thoughts and ideas about course content that will help deepen individual…

Facilitation training short course | 21-22 February, Melbourne

Date: 21/02/2018 - 22/02/2018

Facilitation training short course | 21-22 February, Melbourne

Location: Groupwork Institute Training Rooms, 31 Rennie St, Thornbury
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

How often do you feel overwhelmed, bored or impatient when running or attending a meeting? Many people given the role of facilitator, without support or training, do their best to prepare by organising the time, venue and list of issues to discuss – then hope the rest will fall into place. Facilitation of meetings is a craft. And…

Groupwork Institute of Australia 2017 training calendar

Date: 20/02/2017 - 31/12/2017

Groupwork Institute of Australia 2017 training calendar

Location: Melbourne
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

The Groupwork Institute of Australia are the collaborative education and training arm of Commonground Training Resources Inc. We have been leaders in facilitation and collaborative management for more than 30 years. Our approach has two levels: Practical skills and processes that are easy to understand and simple to use Building emotional intelligence so these tools…

Nonprofit tech for good free webinars (throughout 2017)

Date: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017

Nonprofit tech for good free webinars (throughout 2017)

Location: online
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

Heather Mansfield presents webinars on how nonprofits can effectively utilize web and email communications, online fundraising tools, and mobile and social media. Thanks to a sponsorship from OnGood, to date more than 40,000 nonprofits worldwide have attended one of her webinars. Full details and registration >

OrganiseUs digital intensive | 26 Feb – 2 March, Sydney

Date: 26/02/2018 - 02/03/2018

OrganiseUs digital intensive | 26 Feb – 2 March, Sydney

Location: 2 Lacey Street, Surry Hills
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

OrganiseUs Digital Intensive is our flagship annual five-day intensive training program in digital organising skills. It’s on February 26-2 March, 2018, at the fabulous Canva headquarters, Surry Hills, Sydney.  Not in Sydney? Check out our Digital Intensive Melbourne! Come and spend five days learning with the best digital strategists, campaigners and organisers from across Australia, the…

OrganiseUs Digital intensive | 5-9 March, Melbourne

Date: 05/03/2018 - 09/03/2018

OrganiseUs Digital intensive | 5-9 March, Melbourne

Location: Abbotsford Convent, 1 Saint Heliers Street Abbotsford
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

OrganiseUs Digital Intensive is our flagship annual five-day intensive training program in digital organising skills. It’s on March 5-9, 2018, at the Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.   Not in Melbourne? Check out our Digital Intensive Sydney! Come and spend five days learning with the best digital strategists, campaigners and organisers from across Australia, the US and UK. It’s for…

Top 2018 Tools & Tactics to Bump up Your Online Organizing Game | Webinar, 8 Feb

Date: 08/02/2018 - 08/02/2018

Top 2018 Tools & Tactics to Bump up Your Online Organizing Game | Webinar, 8 Feb

Location: Online
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

This free webinar provides an overview of ways you can deploy online tools & tactics in combination with offline organizing to engage supporters, broaden your base and win campaigns. We draw on lessons learned from resistance movements in 2017, and the latest online developments and social media trends. Whether you’re a complete digital novice, or…

VCOSS 2017 training calendar: Our Community

Date: 01/01/2017 - 30/12/2017

VCOSS 2017 training calendar: Our Community

Location: Melbourne and other locations in Victoria
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

Upcoming training opportunities on grant writing, successful boards, effective meetings, governance, media, online essentials, campaigns that sizzle, and being an effective spokesperson. Our Community has developed a suite of affordable, practical training to help community sector staff, volunteers and supporters keep abreast of their responsibilities and learn how to lift their organisation from ordinary to…

What are people saying about us?

kate

Kate Lardner, Doctors for the Environment Australia

During the Fellowship, I have embarked on an enormous learning curve that has resulted not only in exposure to concepts and skills, but knowledge of these things, through application of the teachings with leaders in their fields and the opportunity to be integrated into a real time campaign. I have been challenged creatively and analytically and been given the chance to create the openings and space to make my own opportunities arise.  
2015-03-17T20:53:26+00:00
kate
During the Fellowship, I have embarked on an enormous learning curve that has resulted not only in exposure to concepts and skills, but knowledge of these things, through application of the teachings with leaders in their fields and the opportunity to be integrated into a real time campaign. I have been challenged creatively and analytically and...
Anna Rose

Anna Rose, ASEN Convenor and NUS National Environment Officer 2005

As a direct result of the training you ran at Melbourne Uni, they will be running a real campaign on public transport concessions next year and are even investing in properly researching so they can have a strategic, directed campaign.
2014-03-30T07:48:37+00:00
Anna Rose
As a direct result of the training you ran at Melbourne Uni, they will be running a real campaign on public transport concessions next year and are even investing in properly researching so they can have a strategic, directed campaign.
Nic clyde

Nic Clyde, Climate team leader, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Before coming into this cohort, my community organising ability was – at best – intuitive, with not much structure and theory... or ‘all hat and no horse’ (as the Texans say). This is starting to change. This fellowship has reinvigorated my thirst to become a better campaigner. It has built my skills in strategy and community organising. It has connected me with a mob who are passionate, connected and willing to help out in whatever way they can. Thanks!
2014-05-23T16:40:41+00:00
Nic clyde
Before coming into this cohort, my community organising ability was – at best – intuitive, with not much structure and theory… or ‘all hat and no horse’ (as the Texans say). This is starting to change. This fellowship has reinvigorated my thirst to become a better campaigner. It has built my skills in strategy and...
Bob Bingaman

Bob Bingaman, Sierra Club National Organizing Director

The fight to protect the environment is a fight of organized people against organized money.  For those in Australia who want to take on and be successful in this fight, the Community Organizing Fellowship provides the opportunity to learn, practice and implement strong grassroots organizing skills.

There is no better place to learn the craft of organizing, then immediately apply those learning to today’s most relevant climate and environmental campaigns, than the Community Organizing Fellowship.  The program is an in-depth immersion into the craft of grassroots organizing.  Going through this program will transform campaigners and how they think about and implement campaigns which build grassroots power to achieve significant environmental victories.
2014-05-29T13:00:49+00:00
Bob Bingaman
The fight to protect the environment is a fight of organized people against organized money.  For those in Australia who want to take on and be successful in this fight, the Community Organizing Fellowship provides the opportunity to learn, practice and implement strong grassroots organizing skills. There is no better place to learn the craft...
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Jason Lyddieth, Greenpeace

There are many learnings, skills, and tools I am keen to take back to my work to empower my teams and improve our campaigns. The people and the vibe at the trainings were amazing and truly inspiring. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to have been able to attend and privileged to be a recipient of such great learnings and in the company of such amazing people.
2014-05-10T21:48:34+00:00
jason
There are many learnings, skills, and tools I am keen to take back to my work to empower my teams and improve our campaigns. The people and the vibe at the trainings were amazing and truly inspiring. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to have been able to attend and privileged to be a...
Alana

Alana West, Quit Coal organiser

The fellowship has equipped me with a deeper understanding of what community organising is, and how it can best be applied. Through my learnings I have been challenged to move from tactics-based campaigning to more strategic, long-term campaigning. I understand better where my campaign and my community fit into the incredible tapestry that is the environment and climate movement in Australia.
2015-03-17T21:00:54+00:00
Alana
The fellowship has equipped me with a deeper understanding of what community organising is, and how it can best be applied. Through my learnings I have been challenged to move from tactics-based campaigning to more strategic, long-term campaigning. I understand better where my campaign and my community fit into the incredible tapestry that is the...
nka

Josey Sharrad, International Fund for Animal Welfare

The Change Agency facilitated our two day intensive strategy workshop to bring together animal welfare and rescue groups from across Australia to set up a National Koala Alliance. James and Taya's facilitation of the workshop was absolutely brilliant and everyone came away with renewed enthusiasm and determination. James' extensive campaigning experience and strategic thinking provided invaluable guidance to this newly- formed alliance and we will continue to tap into his wealth of strategic advice as we go forward to protect koalas. Thank you!

2014-08-18T14:37:24+00:00
nka
The Change Agency facilitated our two day intensive strategy workshop to bring together animal welfare and rescue groups from across Australia to set up a National Koala Alliance. James and Taya’s facilitation of the workshop was absolutely brilliant and everyone came away with renewed enthusiasm and determination. James’ extensive campaigning experience and strategic thinking provided invaluable...
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Claire Van Herpen, Environment Victoria

The Community Organising fellowship provides a positive and nurturing environment in which to learn and apply the practical skills required to effectively mobilise communities to create change. It's a great opportunity to learn from others in the environmental movement and provides space for collaboration and reflection.
2015-03-17T19:26:27+00:00
clairevh
The Community Organising fellowship provides a positive and nurturing environment in which to learn and apply the practical skills required to effectively mobilise communities to create change. It’s a great opportunity to learn from others in the environmental movement and provides space for collaboration and reflection.
cherry

Cherry Muddle, Australian Marine Conservation Society

The Community Organising Fellowship has rooted in me a deeper sense of belonging to an intentional, international movement to create the positive changes we wish to see in society, environment, culture and climate. The program delivery is varied, fluid and always interesting. The strengths and highlights for me include learning through shared experience and critical analysis. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed forging strong connections and bonds between fellow organisers, facilitators and guest speakers.
2015-03-17T21:02:16+00:00
cherry
The Community Organising Fellowship has rooted in me a deeper sense of belonging to an intentional, international movement to create the positive changes we wish to see in society, environment, culture and climate. The program delivery is varied, fluid and always interesting. The strengths and highlights for me include learning through shared experience and critical...
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...