Guest speakers and facilitators

Workshop 1

Amanda Tattersall

Amanda Tattersall

Amanda Tattersall is the founding Director of the Sydney Alliance, a diverse coalition of unions, religious and community organisations that uses community organising to make Sydney a better place to live. She has been a union and community organiser for over fifteen years, having been President of the National Union of Students, founder of Labor for Refugees, co-founding director and chair of GetUp! and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW.

She is the author of the book ‘Power in Coalition’, based on her PhD that compared coalitions across Australia, the United States and Canada.

Joan Staples

Joan Staples

Joan Staples has had a long career in policy and advocacy for various Australian NGOs, as well as providing training for community organisers. She was the ACF environment lobbyist in Canberra during the Hawke Government, and spent most of the 1990s in Torres Strait and Cape York employed by indigenous organisations, namely the Cape York Land Council and Apunipima Cape York Health Council. She has also worked throughout the Asia Pacific as director of a small NGO set up by Jose Ramos Horta teaching international human rights law and public advocacy to human rights activists.

In the late 1980s, Joan was state organiser for the embryonic Greens when she helped create a Tasmanian organisation to oversee the 1989 election campaign that gained the balance of power for Bob Brown and his team of Green Independents. She has held board appointments with national NGOs relating to environment, consumers, women, international development and social services and is currently Deputy President of Environment Victoria. She has been a teacher and Visiting Fellow in the Law Faculty at UNSW. Her academic research focuses on the important role of NGOs in Australia’s democracy with a particular emphasis on the environment sector, and she writes a blog on emerging issues in the sector.

Her passion is Australia’s natural environment, both enjoying it and protecting it.

John Hepburn

John Hepburn

John Hepburn grew up in Central Queensland where his father worked as an engineer in the coal industry. He completed degrees in business and engineering from the Queensland University of Technology and worked for several years as a production engineer making components for the coal, gas and oil industries, before making a career about-turn. After establishing several successful community recycling projects, Hepburn was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study community-based environmental programs in the US and Europe. For the past 10 years, Hepburn has played a key strategic role with Greenpeace Australia Pacific, where he has performed a wide variety of roles including managing the climate and energy campaign, the genetic engineering campaign, and the outreach and mobilisation department. He has also worked for Greenpeace International as an advisor to campaign teams in India, China and Japan. Hepburn is currently the executive director of the Sunrise Project, whose mission is to support and empower Australian communities to protect our land, water, community health and the global climate from the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry. When he is not working, he spends most of his time with his young children.

Georgina Woods

Georgina Woods

Georgina Woods is an environmental activist and campaigner with over twelve years experience campaigning successfully for forest, woodland and marine conservation, and against the causes of climate change. Over the years, Georgina has worked unpaid in flat-structured grassroots organisations, including the North East Forest Alliance and Rising Tide Newcastle, as well as for established environment groups like Greenpeace and Climate Action Network. She has lived in Newcastle all her life and has campaigned against the expansion of the coal export industry since 2004 when she helped found Rising Tide and the Hunter Community Environment Centre. Her work has taken her to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban, to meetings with Ministers and Prime Ministers, to the decks of the Rainbow Warrior as it intercepted a coal ship leaving the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and to the backs of paddy-wagons after non-violent direct action protest against the expansion of the coal industry in the Hunter Region and in Queensland. She is now the NSW Coordinator for the Lock the Gate Alliance.

Jason Lyddieth

Jason Lyddieth

Jason Lyddieth is a community organiser working for the Australian Conservation Foundation. He has been involved in activism and social change for twenty years. During that time Jason has done everything from getting arrested taking direct action at blockades to organising communities to get dressed up in their Sunday finest to meet their MPs.

Jason passionate about community organising because when people come together to act to achieve a common goal they become far more powerful than they imagine they could possibly be. Ensuring that people in the community have these skills and knowledge is so important to maintaining a fair and just society. It’s also heaps of fun.

Maria Clague

Maria Clague

Maria (Maz) Clague has worked as a volunteer for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and SEED network to liaise, mobilise, organise and support Traditional Owners within their local communities in Australia against the fossil fuel industry. While Maz was at High School, she campaigned for the local Yaegl Language to be taught in her local community and schools.

Maz enjoys networking and communicating with different people. Therefore a special skill and interest of hers is grassroots community organising and supporting local community individuals, groups and organisations. Maz is currently working to organise and support Traditional Owners around issues determined by their communities as important.

Naomi Hodgson

Naomi Hodgson

Naomi Hodgson’s (Crystal) formative community organising experience came through her involvement in the grassroots collective Rising Tide, where she involved the local community in Newcastle, the Hunter, and beyond, in coal and climate change campaigning and non-violent direct action. Later Naomi spent five months living at the Walmadan (James Price Point) blockade camp and working with Goolarabooloo, Broome locals, and visitors, to run the camp and engage in nonviolent direct action. Naomi is currently the Campaign’s Manager (Newcastle) for the Wilderness Society.

Holly Creenaune

Holly Creenaune

Holly Creenaune works at The Sunrise Project and coordinates Land Water Future, the NSW community organising campaign tackling expanding coal and coal seam gas mining. She works closely with mining-affected communities including Liverpool Plains farmers, Hunter Valley winemakers, and Western Sydney families. Previously Holly worked with the trade union United Voice as a national coordinator on climate justice and fair economy campaigns.

Taya Seidler

Taya Seidler

Taya Seidler is an experienced facilitator and educator specialising in the design, implementation and facilitation of professional development and change management programs. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, maximising team performance, and communication and collaboration to support capacity development and lasting behavioural change within individuals and organisational change processes. Taya’s passion is improving the collective capacity of groups to realise their full transformational potential through increasing communication skills and process awareness. She possesses an excellent understanding of adult learning principles and a heightened ability to design learning pathways that are participatory, meaningful and resonant. Taya’s background in the creative industries informs her understanding and application of experiential learning forms and directly informs her engaging facilitation style.

Steph Cunio

Steph Cunio

Stephanie Cunio works with the Climate Action Network of Australia as convenor of the Community Organising Hub. Stephanie began her life as an activist with Greenpeace in the ’90s, and has since been an organiser/educator with the Trade Union movement . During this time she has worked for the NSW state public service union (PSA). and the council of trade unions (ACTU). Stephanie has also worked for the Sydney Alliance as a Community Organiser. Her most recent role was Organising Manager at the PSA, where she worked with her peers to transition the union to an organising focus. Stephanie has strong skills in facilitation, training, relationship building and mentoring and she is excited to be working with the climate movement to build and exercise power to create the change we want.

Workshop 2

Larissa Baldwin

Larissa Baldwin

Larissa Baldwin is a young woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation and the National Co-Director for Seed. Larissa leads Seed’s campaigns and strategy nationally ensuring that Seed works in partnership with frontline Indigenous communities and supports young people to be empowered and create change in their communities. Prior to moving to Seed, Larissa was the Queensland Campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition working across on the Reef and Galilee campaigns. Larissa is passionate about a range of social justice issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and believes in seeking change through self-determination and grassroots leadership. Larissa comes from a family with a strong history of standing up for Aboriginal rights and has worked for many Indigenous organisations, programs and community driven initiatives across the country including the Stronger Smarter Institute, Oxfam and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.

Anita Tang

Anita Tang

Anita Tang is passionate about building people-power to secure public policies that benefit the community. She wants governments and institutions to make decisions that enable everyone to have a decent life. Her particular focus has been on people needing care and support due to their disability or life circumstances. During her career, Anita has explored many ways to make a difference – through direct service, policy development, consumer protection bodies, and Parliamentary Committees, and non-government policy advocacy. She’s seen, first hand, the transformational impact of community organising. At Cancer Council NSW, she led the development of the grassroots advocacy approach that led to significant campaign wins on smoke-free legislation, cost of chemotherapy, access to treatment and policies to protect people from known cancer risks. Now Anita is focusing on increasing the impact of the advocacy work of NGO’s by helping them unlock the potential of their grassroots supporters.

Workshop 3

Julien Vincent

Julien Vincent

Julien Vincent gave up a steady job selling booze and getting cost price alcohol for himself to go and volunteer for groups like Oxfam and Environment Victoria. Then he started to get some paid work with these NGOs but it was all a ploy for him to ultimately land a gig with Greenpeace, where he wanted to work as a Climate Campaigner. He got an internship with Greenpeace in 2006, which became an Assistant Campaigner’s job in 2007 and then a Campaigner’s job in 2008.

Done! He kept on doing that for a few years, going to work for the international office in Amsterdam for a while before coming back to Australia to kick lumps out of an ailing coal company in Victoria who wanted to build a brown coal power station – the fools.

He then had a slightly early midlife crisis but didn’t have the budget for a motorbike so started his own environmental campaigning project instead. He chose the name Market Forces from the literally dozens of terrible puns available.

Charlie Wood

Charlie Wood

Charlie Wood is a passionate advocate for the climate and social justice. She was most recently Campaigns Director with 350.org Australia, having previously worked as the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s National Grassroots Campaigner and coordinated the 2009 Australian youth delegation to the Copenhagen climate negotiations. Charlie has also worked as a parliamentary advisor on energy, climate and environment issues, for the ACT Commissioner for the Environment and with the ANU’s Regulatory Institutions Network. She has published a book on food sustainability, was the 2010 ACT Young Environmentalist of the Year and 2013 inaugural Deni Greene Award recipient.

 

Workshop 4

Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan has worked in environment, social justice and international development-related fields in the Asia Pacific region for over 25 years, including 13 years living and working in Indonesia. This has included local and international forest campaigns, disaster response and recovery, and waste reduction and prevention. She is the founder and principal consultant at Hijau Biru, a small team of dedicated and experienced bilingual educators in participatory processes including facilitation skills training, design, monitoring and evaluation and strategic planning. In this role she has led training and capacity building programs for community members, NGO and government staff to work effectively work cross culturally, to engage stakeholders, influence key decision makers, and achieve goals. Alex is also an associate consultant to Humanitarian Benchmark Consulting and RedR Indonesia, humanitarian experts supporting humanitarian agencies in Indonesia. Alex is currently working with people experiencing homelessness in care coordination, outreach and health education in Sydney’s Kings Cross. She has a background in performing arts and public speaking, and is a huge fan of using creative channels to engage community in social change. She has been member of Grup Gedebong Goyang, Bali’s top all-women comedy troupe for the last 8 years, who regularly perform outrageous skits in Balinese and Indonesian to a large fan base on controversial yet super important social issues.

Annie Kia

Annie Kia

Annie Kia works to empower communities to defend themselves from invasive gasfields and coal. Via a process of collective Action Learning, she developed the grass-roots democracy process called Gasfield Free Communities. This strategy contributed to mass-movement dynamics in the Northern Rivers and is now being adapted in many regions by the Lock The Gate movement.  Annie has a strong belief in the power of communities to determine their futures through grass-roots participation. Her on-ground work is informed by an understanding of networks and complex system dynamics. She is encouraged by the way these concepts can help us plan, campaign, and collaborate, by choosing the action that best fits the context. Annie currently works as Community Engagement Coordinator for the Lock The Gate Alliance.

Jono La Nauze

Jono La Nauze

Jonathon La Nauze is executive director of the Climate Action Network of Australia. Jono has spent the past decade working in community-based organisations to facilitate social change toward a more environmentally just society. Having grown up near Albury-Wodonga, his work has predominantly focused on the Murray-Darling Basin.

From mid-2012 Jonathan worked in the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Healthy Ecosystems Program, which promotes terrestrial and marine conservation initiatives across Australia. Initially working as one of the team’s Murray-Darling campaigners, he was Manager of the overall program from January 2013.

Between 2001 and 2012 Jono worked at Friends of the Earth promoting Indigenous conservation initiatives in the Riverina, including a successful campaign to establish a 250,000 hectare river red gum reserve system which incorporates numerous Indigenous joint management agreements.

What are people saying about us?

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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...
Six Degrees

Sam Robb, Six Degrees

When I’m amongst passionate and talented people, I always feel like our movement can be powerful. But after the last 10 days, I not only feel we can be powerful, I know we can. I know how we can be and that is a unique and invaluable gift. The quality and consideration of the facilitation and subject matter was astonishing, and there was a group wide acknowledgement of both an immense privilege of being a part of the cohort and a resounding responsibility to use and share what we felt and learnt.
2014-05-23T17:11:47+00:00
Six Degrees
When I’m amongst passionate and talented people, I always feel like our movement can be powerful. But after the last 10 days, I not only feel we can be powerful, I know we can. I know how we can be and that is a unique and invaluable gift. The quality and consideration of the facilitation...
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.
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...
Stu Bowen

Stu Bowen, Environmental Manager (Australia & New Zealand) Patagonia International Inc.

James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental and social change.

 
2015-04-29T18:23:01+00:00
Stu Bowen
James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental...
Chris Rose

Chris Rose, Author of ‘How to Win Campaigns’

They (tCA) really are movement makers... the Aussie inheritors of Alinsky.
2014-03-30T08:05:33+00:00
Chris Rose
They (tCA) really are movement makers… the Aussie inheritors of Alinsky.
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Leigh Ewbank, Yes2Renewables coordinator

Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.

 By creating a ‘community of practice’ of organisers, those behind the fellowship have shown strategic leadership. The relationships the program has cultivated (within the cohort and between alumni) will pay dividends. 
2015-03-17T20:58:10+00:00
leigh
Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.  By...
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...
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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+00:00
isaac
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.
thea

Thea Ormerod, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Whereas I had been working intuitively and reasonably well as a part of with a team of dedicated volunteers, the Community Organising Fellowship is providing a range of easy-to-understand useful tools which will help ARRCC to be much more effective. The training is carefully crafted to maximise skills development so we can use our limited resources in a way which will deliver results far more strategically. I already have quite a clear vision of how to successfully motivate our volunteers into participating more actively in the change effort.
2015-03-17T19:24:22+00:00
thea
Whereas I had been working intuitively and reasonably well as a part of with a team of dedicated volunteers, the Community Organising Fellowship is providing a range of easy-to-understand useful tools which will help ARRCC to be much more effective. The training is carefully crafted to maximise skills development so we can use our limited...