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Campaign strategy for community organisers | 27 & 28 March, Melbourne

Date: 27/03/2020 - 28/03/2020

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 27 & 28 March, Melbourne

Location: Kensington Town Hall, Melbourne 30-34 Bellair Street Kensington, VIC 3031
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. Our Campaign Strategy workshops equip community campaigners and organisers with a suite of tools to analyse their social and political context, define your objectives, choose the right target and focus, assess political opportunities, and prioritise the most powerful…

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 31 March & 1 April, Sydney

Date: 31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 31 March & 1 April, Sydney

Location: To be confirmed
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. Our Campaign Strategy workshops equip community campaigners and organisers with a suite of tools to analyse their social and political context, define your objectives, choose the right target and focus, assess political opportunities, and prioritise the most powerful…

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 4 & 5 April, Brisbane

Date: 04/04/2020 - 05/04/2020

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 4 & 5 April, Brisbane

Location: Common Ground, 14 Hope Street, West End
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. Our Campaign Strategy workshops equip community campaigners and organisers with a suite of tools to analyse their social and political context, define your objectives, choose the right target and focus, assess political opportunities, and prioritise the most powerful…

Circles of Community: Social Permaculture in Action | 7-10 May, SE Qld

Date: 07/05/2020 - 10/05/2020

Circles of Community: Social Permaculture in Action | 7-10 May, SE Qld

Location: Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

International author, workshop facilitator and Permaculture teacher Starhawk from US will visit Australia to be the special guest for the Australiasian Permaculture Convergence in Brisbane in April 2020, hosted by Northey Street City Farm. Amongst her busy schedule she’ll join Robin Clayfeild at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village to offer a 3 1/2 day Social Permaculture…

Civil Resistance workshop | Monday 6 April, Brisbane

Date: 06/04/2020 - 06/04/2020

Civil Resistance workshop | Monday 6 April, Brisbane

Location: Common Ground, 14 Hope Street, West End
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. You know parliament has failed to deliver justice. You don’t trust corporations but you’re not ready to give up. Between joining the system and burning it down is another way: civil resistance. This workshop from tCA and Pasifika…

Civil Resistance workshop | Sunday 29 March, Melbourne

Date: 29/03/2020 - 29/03/2020

Civil Resistance workshop | Sunday 29 March, Melbourne

Location: Kensington Town Hall 30-34 Bellair St Kensington
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. You know parliament has failed to deliver justice. You don’t trust corporations but you’re not ready to give up. Between joining the system and burning it down is another way: civil resistance. This workshop from tCA and Pasifika…

Civil Resistance workshop | Thursday 2 April, Sydney

Date: 02/04/2020 - 02/04/2020

Civil Resistance workshop | Thursday 2 April, Sydney

Location: To be confirmed
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. You know parliament has failed to deliver justice. You don’t trust corporations but you’re not ready to give up. Between joining the system and burning it down is another way: civil resistance. This workshop from tCA and Pasifika…

Deep Democracy training levels 3 & 4 | 26-29 March, Sydney

Date: 26/03/2020 - 29/03/2020

Deep Democracy training levels 3 & 4 | 26-29 March, Sydney

Location: Sydney
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00pm

This four-day course concentrates on: Learning the tools for reflective listening, amplification and polarisation Developing self-awareness through gaining an understanding of the self in relation to the “Rackety Pattern” and “Scripts” The course will provide a context in which participants are able to practice, under supervision, facilitating a check-in, using the steps of Deep Democracy,…

Groupwork Institute of Australia training calendar

Date: 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

Groupwork Institute of Australia 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. Their approach has two levels: Practical skills and processes that are easy to understand and simple to use Building emotional intelligence so these tools can…

OrganiseUs Digital Intensive | 2-6 March, Melbourne

Date: 02/03/2020 - 06/03/2020

OrganiseUs Digital Intensive | 2-6 March, Melbourne

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

Often the biggest challenge facing people working or volunteering towards social change is access to world-class, hands-on training in the skills, tools and tactics to run cut-through campaigns. We bring together the very best digital strategists and offer hands-on training in running smart, engaging and strategic digital campaigns. Scholarships are available through #StopAdani First Nations…

Social Permaculture Weekend | 12-13 Sept, Crystal Waters, SE Qld

Date: 12/09/2020 - 13/09/2020

Social Permaculture Weekend | 12-13 Sept, Crystal Waters, SE Qld

Location: Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

Social Permaculture applies from the individual level to the broader community level. It’s scope includes personal growth, community, finance, business, health, art & culture, education, events, media and justice. These types of tools, and more, will be explored in the upcoming Social Permaculture Weekend, co-hosted by Robin Clayfield and Erin Young at Crystal Waters Ecovillage…

VCOSS training calendar: Our Community

Date: 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

VCOSS training calendar: Our Community

Location: Melbourne and other locations in Victoria
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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?

John Hepburn

John Hepburn, Outreach Manager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

When you stop learning, you stop growing. For social movements and organisations to grow and develop, they need to learn from their successes and failures. The Change Agency have played a key role in helping Greenpeace to do this, to reflect on our work, to focus on what is effective, and to map out some exciting new strategic directions. They've supported our staff and volunteers with some great practical training on campaign strategy, and, of course, they've been a joy to work with.
2014-03-30T07:35:05+11:00
John Hepburn
When you stop learning, you stop growing. For social movements and organisations to grow and develop, they need to learn from their successes and failures. The Change Agency have played a key role in helping Greenpeace to do this, to reflect on our work, to focus on what is effective, and to map out some exciting new strategic directions. They've supported our staff and volunteers with some great practical training on campaign strategy, and, of course, they've been a joy to work with.

Peter Archer, World Vision

I have shared with my friends and family that this workshop was the most valuable training I have done. It came at a time when I had become aware of my passion for grassroots activism. The follow-up support equipped me quickly and powerfully to put my learning into practice and age my confidence a huge boost.
2014-03-30T08:11:05+11:00
I have shared with my friends and family that this workshop was the most valuable training I have done. It came at a time when I had become aware of my passion for grassroots activism. The follow-up support equipped me quickly and powerfully to put my learning into practice and age my confidence a huge boost.
Jane Stabb

Jane Stabb, Community Organiser, Environment Victoria

The Community Organising Fellowship workshop was extraordinarily impactful for me. I had a chance to investigate the theory behind effective organising and campaigning tools that I can use in my practice every day but very rarely interrogate or reflect on.  I found new frameworks and structures that will improve my practice so much. I had the space and place to interrogate my campaign with the assistance of masters!  And I was given the opportunity to build relationships with leaders in my field, to be supported in my thinking by them and to support them by sharing our practice and experiences... 100% pure gold.
2014-05-23T16:45:53+10:00
Jane Stabb
The Community Organising Fellowship workshop was extraordinarily impactful for me. I had a chance to investigate the theory behind effective organising and campaigning tools that I can use in my practice every day but very rarely interrogate or reflect on.  I found new frameworks and structures that will improve my practice so much. I had the space and place to interrogate my campaign with the assistance of masters!  And I was given the opportunity to build relationships with leaders in my field, to be supported in my thinking by them and to support them by sharing our practice and experiences... 100% pure gold.

Govind Maksay, MarketForces organiser

Workshop sessions are extremely well structured, with small group work, personal reflection time and larger group discussions included throughout. This approach allows all participants to contribute and caters for different learning styles and personalities.

In addition to the formal learning, the personal relationships I have formed with other participants and the facilitators will be extremely important to help me become a more effective and confident campaigner. Without hesitation I would recommend the Fellowship to other campaigners.
2015-03-17T19:34:58+11:00
Workshop sessions are extremely well structured, with small group work, personal reflection time and larger group discussions included throughout. This approach allows all participants to contribute and caters for different learning styles and personalities. In addition to the formal learning, the personal relationships I have formed with other participants and the facilitators will be extremely important to help me become a more effective and confident campaigner. Without hesitation I would recommend the Fellowship to other campaigners.

Glenn Walker, National Campaigner, The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society has embarked on a major organisational change project to embrace community organising as our core way of doing business. I’m leading on this project. The Community Organising Fellowship has helped me to define the key principles and approaches of community organising and has provided me with the space and support to plan for this critical change process within my organisation.
2014-03-27T02:09:18+11:00
The Wilderness Society has embarked on a major organisational change project to embrace community organising as our core way of doing business. I’m leading on this project. The Community Organising Fellowship has helped me to define the key principles and approaches of community organising and has provided me with the space and support to plan for this critical change process within my organisation.
Emilie Carey

Emilie Carey, Solar Citizens


I really admired your facilitation skills. I learnt lots watching you guide us through the evening. I'll definitely be using lessons from last night. You're a total pro and I'm really grateful you're generous enough to share your knowledge.

2016-03-25T10:35:26+11:00
Emilie Carey
I really admired your facilitation skills. I learnt lots watching you guide us through the evening. I'll definitely be using lessons from last night. You're a total pro and I'm really grateful you're generous enough to share your knowledge.

Simone van Hattem

The Community Organising Fellowship has given me effective organising skills and tools, and background information of the Australian environment and climate movements I need to develop strategy for campaigns, and provide training for other organisers and campaigners across Western Australia. The support I've been given through the ongoing mentorship and buddy program helps me stay connected with the wider movement, and stay on track to organise the people we need to defeat organised money. This program is a transformative experience, changing my work and the movement, and I'm so thankful to be part of it.
2015-03-17T21:04:17+11:00
The Community Organising Fellowship has given me effective organising skills and tools, and background information of the Australian environment and climate movements I need to develop strategy for campaigns, and provide training for other organisers and campaigners across Western Australia. The support I've been given through the ongoing mentorship and buddy program helps me stay connected with the wider movement, and stay on track to organise the people we need to defeat organised money. This program is a transformative experience, changing my work and the movement, and I'm so thankful to be part of it.

Alycia Gawthorne, GetUp! organiser

The Fellowship has challenged the way I previously thought about campaigning and community organising, and made me rethink how I approach my work. It’s afforded me the space to take a step back and look at the entire movement. I feel like the skills I take away from the Fellowship will be invaluable, but far more important will be the deeper understanding I have about my role and how it fits within a larger movement.
2015-03-17T19:33:28+11:00
The Fellowship has challenged the way I previously thought about campaigning and community organising, and made me rethink how I approach my work. It’s afforded me the space to take a step back and look at the entire movement. I feel like the skills I take away from the Fellowship will be invaluable, but far more important will be the deeper understanding I have about my role and how it fits within a larger movement.

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+11:00
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.

Isaac Astill, Divestment Campaigner, 350.org Australia

It would take years of fumbling along for me to learn what the Fellowship has taught me in a few short months. I feel more powerful for it, and I’ve walked away with the ongoing skills and relationships I need to build a more powerful movement.
2015-03-17T19:37:41+11:00
It would take years of fumbling along for me to learn what the Fellowship has taught me in a few short months. I feel more powerful for it, and I’ve walked away with the ongoing skills and relationships I need to build a more powerful movement.