Campaign Strategy Fellowship

A training program for coal and energy campaigners in East and Southeast Asia.

The Campaign Strategy Fellowship aims to equip and empower coal and energy campaigners in East and Southeast Asia.

The Fellowship will help build the skills of coal and energy campaigners to fast-track the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The program will use a popular education approach so that campaigners will have the opportunity to learn from each other and build relationships across the region.

Through a series of residential workshops, the Fellowship will:

  • Share skills and knowledge about what’s working
  • Help you strengthen your campaigns though learning from each other, our facilitators and external resource people
  • Expand your toolkit for campaign planning, strategy development and movement building
  • Build and refine skills to develop compelling online and offline communication strategies
  • Deepen our connection with other coal and climate campaigners
  • Grow networks and alliances to drive the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Who is it for?

The Fellowship has been designed for current and future leaders in the coal and climate movement in East and Southeast Asia. Applicants will be staff and full-time volunteers in non government organisations that work on coal and climate, with at least 2 years’ campaign experience and a proven dedication to the movement. Applications are open to people from all countries in East and SE Asia.

Residential workshop retreats 

The Fellowship involves three residential workshops, two months apart to allow time to apply new skills and tools. In 2018, we’re offering one series of workshops for 16 Indonesian campaigners and a second workshop series for 16 campaigners from around East and Southeast Asia. The Indonesian workshops will be delivered in Bahasa Indonesian. The regional series will be delivered in English. Workshops will be held in a remote rainforest retreat in Bali.

2018/19 workshop dates

Regional workshop series (delivered in English): 13-19 July (7 days); 26-30 September (5 days); and February 11-15  (5 days). Indonesian workshop series (delivered in Bahasa Indonesia): 22-28 July  (7 days); 3-7 October (5 days); and 2-6 December (5 days).

Fellowship topics

The three workshops will deepen and extend your knowledge and skills in:

  • Campaign strategy
  • Analysing our social and political context
  • Leadership
  • Facilitation and working well in teams
  • Recruitment and leadership development
  • Building alliances, networks and movements
  • Relational organising and the power of story
  • Civil resistance and peaceful protest
  • Staying strong when the going gets hard
  • Designing and facilitating workshops
  • Communication strategy, messaging and framing
  • Online organising

About our team

The Fellowship is being led by an international team with extensive experience in the Asia Pacific region including James Whelan and Jason MacLeod (The Change Agency) with Alex Ryan and Rubby Emir (Hijau Biru Consulting).

We are campaigners, popular educators, mentors and coaches who specialise in campaign strategy, training and development. Our workshops encourage sharing, reflecting, listening and applying practical skills to current campaigns. We are guided by participants’ campaign experience, challenges and priorities. Our team are independent and not-for-profit, and work exclusively with social movement groups. During the year, workshop sessions will also be led by campaigners, strategists, communication experts and other guest presenters.

Cost

Workshop costs including accommodation and meals, local transport between Denpasar airport and our workshop venue and training materials are generously covered by the Fellowship’s sponsors. Participants or their organisations need to cover the cost of domestic and international travel. A very limited travel scholarship is available for participants who are unable to cover their travel.

To apply and for further information

Applications for the 2018 Fellowship have now closed. To discuss if the Fellowship is right for you and your organisation, or if you have any questions, please contact Alex (Bahasa Indonesian speaker).

 

What are people saying about us?

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...
Claire O'Rourke

Claire O’Rourke, National Director, Solar Citizens

The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia.

Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is essential for organisations that are working to build power within communities or considering making the leap into this work. 
2015-03-17T21:03:10+00:00
Claire O'Rourke
The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia. Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is...
Govind

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+00:00
Govind
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...
Shani Tager

Shani Tager, Friends of the Earth

The fellowship has been really useful in helping me become more disciplined in the strategic planning process and able to clearly communicate why we’re doing what we’re doing. The facilitation team have been fantastic and having theory drawn out from our own experiences and then immediately applied to our campaigns means I’ll be returning to my team with a solid analysis of how we can be more effective.
2014-05-10T21:52:42+00:00
Shani Tager
The fellowship has been really useful in helping me become more disciplined in the strategic planning process and able to clearly communicate why we’re doing what we’re doing. The facilitation team have been fantastic and having theory drawn out from our own experiences and then immediately applied to our campaigns means I’ll be returning to...
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...
Cate-Faehrmann

Cate Faehrmann, Director, Nature Conservation Council NSW, 2005

We did a two-day workshop with The Change Agency early this year which provided our organisation with some much-needed tools for strategic campaigning and planning. There was nothing but positive feedback from our staff and board members about what they gained from the two days spent with James and Sam. The power mapping exercise was particularly insightful for staff and board members alike and as a result our campaigns are more pro-active - we are seeing results!
2014-03-30T07:51:49+00:00
Cate-Faehrmann
We did a two-day workshop with The Change Agency early this year which provided our organisation with some much-needed tools for strategic campaigning and planning. There was nothing but positive feedback from our staff and board members about what they gained from the two days spent with James and Sam. The power mapping exercise was...
alexandra

Alexandra Soderlund, Solar Citizens

The fellowship has managed to achieve that elusive duo of being both a broadening and deepening experience - complete with delicious food. Learning as much from the incredible and diverse participants as the amazing facilitators, the ten days of the first workshop have flown by. I feel like I’ve come a long way as an organiser (and dare I say a person?!) already, I’m excited and a little bit scared to see where I end up. 
2015-03-17T20:59:30+00:00
alexandra
The fellowship has managed to achieve that elusive duo of being both a broadening and deepening experience – complete with delicious food. Learning as much from the incredible and diverse participants as the amazing facilitators, the ten days of the first workshop have flown by. I feel like I’ve come a long way as an...
alycia

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+00:00
alycia
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...
Anna Rose

Anna Rose, ASEN Convenor and NUS National Environment Officer 2005

The Change Agency has contributed enormously to strengthening the student environment movement in Australia and helping us shift to a culture of strategic thinking, planning and reflection on our activism. The training and advice provided by the Change agency over the last twelve months has been invaluable to tens of campus environment collectives and we are already seeing tangible results in real wins in our Campus Clean Energy Camp. Thank you Change Agency!
2014-03-30T07:37:22+00:00
Anna Rose
The Change Agency has contributed enormously to strengthening the student environment movement in Australia and helping us shift to a culture of strategic thinking, planning and reflection on our activism. The training and advice provided by the Change agency over the last twelve months has been invaluable to tens of campus environment collectives and we...
Glenn Walker

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+00:00
Glenn Walker
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...