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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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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…

What do community organisers DO
General News

February 16, 2015

What do community organisers DO?

Organisers are sometimes described as ‘Jack of all trades’. It can be a complex and demanding role. To make sense of the role, the Change Agency synthesised recent position descriptions developed by social movement groups. We then cross-referenced that with education and training programs to identify eleven key attributes and skills associated with powerful organising work:…

education vs training
General News

February 16, 2015

Education or training? What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Training prepares people to do simple tasks reliably. It’s generally very practical and focuses on the competent completion of tasks. Education develops skills and knowledge. It involves forming and communicating ideas, developing and challenging understandings and learning to conceptualise and solve problems. Community organising and campaigning are not basic skills or competencies that can be learnt through…

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…

Taegen
Featured

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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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…