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peoples climate march
Fellowship

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…

People Power Manual cover
General News

September 13, 2015

Campaign Strategy Guide: ‘How to’ guides for organisers and activist educators

The Campaign Strategy Guide is the first instalment of the People Power Manual, a resource created for activist educators and facilitators. Campaign strategy needn’t be mystifying, lonely or stressful. Social movements become more powerful as more people are equipped to analyse their political context, consider paths to change and mindfully plan tactics. The Campaign Strategy Guide…

Taegen

October 6, 2014

Community Organising graduate profile: Taegen Edwards

Taegen is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently a Community Organising Manager with Solar Citizens. Why are you passionate about Community Organising? Why is organising an important part of the solution in your community?  A big part of the reason I love my job as an organiser at Solar Citizens is the people…

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spiral model - action research
General News

April 6, 2016

Learning to design and lead workshops with activists

A few weeks ago, I was invited by the convenor of the 350.org group in Sydney to lead a short workshop with their team. Their campaign to encourage universities and other institutions to divest from fossil fuels is building momentum. They’re actively recruiting and training new leaders, and wanted to build their skills and confidence to design and…

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…

manual launch
General News

September 29, 2015

Launching our Campaign strategy guide: Instalment #1 of the ‘People Power’ manual

We launched our Campaign Strategy Guide last week at the Organise 2015 conference in Sydney. Pasifika director and co-author of the Guide, Jason MacLeod, described how many of the 24 how-to process guides contained in our new publication are being used by activists in Australia and the Pacific. Advocacy Coach and all-round movement builder Anita Tang gave…

People Power Manual cover
Featured

September 13, 2015

Campaign Strategy Guide: ‘How to’ guides for organisers and activist educators

The Campaign Strategy Guide is the first instalment of the People Power Manual, a resource created for activist educators and facilitators. Campaign strategy needn’t be mystifying, lonely or stressful. Social movements become more powerful as more people are equipped to analyse their political context, consider paths to change and mindfully plan tactics. The Campaign Strategy Guide…

nonviolence unbound
General News

August 13, 2015

Nonviolence unbound: Brian Martin’s latest

Rallies, strikes, boycotts, sit-ins – these and other methods of nonviolent action can be used to bring down dictators. Nonviolence Unbound shows how insights into what makes nonviolent action effective can be applied to four completely different arenas: defending against verbal abuse, responding to online defamatory pictures, and engaging in the struggles over euthanasia and vaccination. This…

Raoul Wallenberg
General News

July 28, 2015

Nominations now open for the NSW Human Rights Award

Human rights activists across Australia are encouraged to nominate now for the NSW Human Rights Award, with entries closing on Friday, 21 August 2015. The NSW Human Rights Award pays tribute to a person who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the advancement of human rights.  The NSW Government supports the tireless efforts…

Randy Stoecker
General News

June 21, 2015

Thank you, Randy

Since the mid 1990s, Randy Stoecker has created and shared the awesome Comm-Org list-serve. At a time when e-groups were new and (in Australia, at least), sharing resources about community organising was radical pioneering work, Randy collated, curated and disseminated a growing collection of case studies, a calendar of workshops and conferences, and research papers written by and for…

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…