The Community Organising Fellowship kicked off in February 2014. We received more than 50 applications for the 25 places in the program and confirmed the first cohort – 25 activists and organisers working around Australia in the coal, gas, climate and renewable energy movements.
The first of four residential workshops was held in the amazing Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park just north of Sydney for 10 days from 24 February to 6 March. We were joined by an international team of facilitators and trainers including Daniel Hunter (Training for Change), Tanya Newman (Aotearoa) and several staff and volunteeers from the Sierra Club (U.S.).
The fellowship is something quite unique – a substantial investment by Australian campaigning organisations in developing a cohort of expert community organisers. The program involves 22 days of residential workshops over 6 months, a mentoring program with prominent Australian and US organisers and an international education and training team. Very, very exciting.
We are enormously grateful to our program partners, the Sunrise Project for generous funding support and guidance, the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.