Posts Categorized: Fellowship

peoples climate march
Featured

December 6, 2015

Community organising for climate justice

Graduates of our Community Organising Fellowship played key leadership roles in the People’s Climate March in November. Around the world, three-quarters of a million people marched to encourage their leaders to take strong commitments to Paris. Marches were held in 50 cities and towns right around Australia. Their leadership speaks volumes about the impact of…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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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…