Project partners

Since 2005, we’ve had the privilege to work as facilitators, trainers and researchers with groups including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Services Leadership Alliance
  • Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities
  • Amnesty International Australia and in East Africa
  • Anvil Hill Alliance
  • Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
  • Australia Tibet Council
  • Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Australian Koala Alliance
  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • Australian Medical Students
  • Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
  • Australian Services Union
  • Australian Student Environment Network
  • Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
  • Australian Youth Climate Coalition
  • Australian Wind Alliance
  • Benevolent Society
  • Bicycle NSW
  • Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre
  • Brisbane Social Forum
  • Cancer Council
  • Centre for Popular Education University of Technology Sydney
  • Changemakers Sydney
  • Climate Action Network Australia
  • Climate Action Summit 2009
  • Community and Public Sector Union
  • Community Organising School – Sydney
  • Community Resource Unit  – Brisbane
  • Community and Public Sector Union – WA branch
  • Community Safeguards Coalition – Queensland
  • Conservation Council of Western Australia
  • Contact Inc
  • Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (Victoria)
  • Doctors for the Environment Australia
  • East Sepik Council of Women – Wewak, Papua New Guinea
  • Ecopolitics Association Australia
  • Education Action Supporting Environment Groups
  • Family Advocacy
  • Farmers for Climate Action
  • Forward Works
  • Freedom and Roam Uganda
  • Friends of the Earth Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, International
  • Friends of Scott Parkin
  • GetUp!
  • Global Education Centre – Wellington, Aotearoa/NZ
  • Greenpeace Australia Pacific  – Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Suva
  • Green Steps (Monash University)
  • Griffith University Student Services
  • Healthy Futures
  • Humanitarian Crisis Hub
  • Illawara Forum | Regional Tenants Resource Centre
  • Instituto de Permacultura é Ecovilas do Cerrado – Brazil
  • Integrated Environmental Education Project – NSW Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Integrated Sustainability Education Partnership Program
  • Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Just Focus – Youth Focus for a Just World, Wellington, Aotearoa/NZ
  • Kotare Trust – Social Change Research and Education Centre, Aotearoa
  • Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods Network
  • Lumbu Indigenous Community Foundation
  • Maleny Voice
  • Marine Protection Tasmania
  • Market Forces
  • Melbourne University Student Union
  • Micah Australia
  • Mittagong Forum
  • Murdoch University Student Guild
  • Murray Lower Darling River Indigenous Nations
  • Nanotechnology Project, Friends of the Earth
  • National Parks Association Victoria and NSW
  • Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
  • Nonviolence Training Project
  • Now We The People
  • Oxfam
  • Pt’Chang Community Safety Group
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Services Advisory Council
  • Queensland Children’s Services Alliance
  • Queensland Community Arts Network
  • Queensland Conservation Council
  • Queensland Council of Unions
  • Queensland Parents of People with a Disability
  • Queensland Services Union
  • Queensland Youth Environment Council
  • Roberts Evaluation
  • Royal Melbourne Institute Technology Student Union
  • RMIT Community Advocacy Unit
  • Sexual Minorities Uganda
  • Six Degrees
  • Social Action Office
  • Solar Citizens
  • South East Queensland Traditional Owners Alliance
  • SpeakOut
  • Starhawk
  • Student Environmental Activist Network
  • Students of Sustainability organisers and participants
  • Stylin’ Up
  • Sustainable Bathurst
  • Sustainable Living Festival
  • Sustainability Educators’ Conference (NSW)
  • Sydney Social Forum
  • The Benevolent Society
  • The Big Switch
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Total Environment Centre
  • Training for Change
  • Transparency International
  • Treaty Resource Centre – Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand
  • Trees in Newcastle
  • Unions Western Australia
  • United Nations Youth Association
  • Voiceless
  • Woodford Folk Festival
  • World Vision
  • Youth Earth Symposium

… and thousands of individual organisers representing hundreds of organisations, networks and alliances around Australia and the Pacific.

What are people saying about us?

Jack Bertolus

Jack Bertolus, Market Forces

The Community Organising Fellowship introduced a plethora of new and exciting concepts in campaigning and community organising, and gave us the practice and tools to apply these effectively. The time spent learning with and from the talented and experienced cohort was an invaluable insight into Australian social movements and established what I’m sure will be lifelong connections.
The Change Agency
2017-11-12T18:54:18+11:00
Jack Bertolus
The Community Organising Fellowship introduced a plethora of new and exciting concepts in campaigning and community organising, and gave us the practice and tools to apply these effectively. The time spent learning with and from the talented and experienced cohort was an invaluable insight into Australian social movements and established what I’m sure will be lifelong connections.
Nick Aberle

Nick Aberle, Environment Victoria

Learning the theory and engaging with such practical implementation in such depth will definitely make me a more effective and successful campaigner and organiser. I’m looking forward to practicing my new skills in being more rigorous, thinking more strategically, and communicating more effectively. The strength of the bonds formed within the group has already strengthened the climate movement in Australia.
The Change Agency
2014-05-10T21:42:00+10:00
Nick Aberle
Learning the theory and engaging with such practical implementation in such depth will definitely make me a more effective and successful campaigner and organiser. I’m looking forward to practicing my new skills in being more rigorous, thinking more strategically, and communicating more effectively. The strength of the bonds formed within the group has already strengthened the climate movement in Australia.
Julie Lyford

Julie Lyford, Groundswell Gloucester

Such a long fight. Without you and the Change Agency we would be floundering. Thank you so much for your energy, passion, wisdom and guidance and for all that you do in changing the world.
The Change Agency
2016-09-30T13:24:47+10:00
Julie Lyford
Such a long fight. Without you and the Change Agency we would be floundering. Thank you so much for your energy, passion, wisdom and guidance and for all that you do in changing the world.

Peter Archer, World Vision

I have shared with my friends and family that this workshop was the most valuable training I have done. It came at a time when I had become aware of my passion for grassroots activism. The follow-up support equipped me quickly and powerfully to put my learning into practice and age my confidence a huge boost.
The Change Agency
2014-03-30T08:11:05+11:00
I have shared with my friends and family that this workshop was the most valuable training I have done. It came at a time when I had become aware of my passion for grassroots activism. The follow-up support equipped me quickly and powerfully to put my learning into practice and age my confidence a huge boost.

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.
The Change Agency
2014-03-27T02:09:18+11:00
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.
dave & gemma

Dave Muhly, Sierra Club

What began at Pittwater as a collection of skilled campaigners became a cadre of skilled organizers by the final day at Baden Powell. On Sunday evening as we gathered, I overheard one participant chatting with another at a picnic table and heard, "challenge, choice, outcome" as part of her conversation. Another commented at the final circle at how what had seemed like such a large group at Pittwater now seemed like a much smaller group, reflective of how closely this group had bonded as a team despite their vast differences in geography or organizational size or style, but based on a common goal and identity. Concepts like "building teams" and "building relationships" were part of the normal parlance and just a cursory review of the evaluations to date show an increased appreciation for and attention to leadership development and strategic planning. A number of participants reminded me of my off-the-cuff set of definitions about the differences between mobilizing, campaigning and community organising (focusing on local power), and one told me she has it on the wall of her office to inspire her every day. This has been the successful launch of an ambitious and visionary program. Many thanks to James and Kate for their vision, wisdom, and care in developing and nurturing the curriculum and the cohort. Kudos!

The Change Agency
2014-09-15T10:27:41+10:00
dave & gemma
What began at Pittwater as a collection of skilled campaigners became a cadre of skilled organizers by the final day at Baden Powell. On Sunday evening as we gathered, I overheard one participant chatting with another at a picnic table and heard, "challenge, choice, outcome" as part of her conversation. Another commented at the final circle at how what had seemed like such a large group at Pittwater now seemed like a much smaller group, reflective of how closely this group had bonded as a team despite their vast differences in geography or organizational size or style, but based on a common goal and identity. Concepts like "building teams" and "building relationships" were part of the normal parlance and just a cursory review of the evaluations to date show an increased appreciation for and attention to leadership development and strategic planning. A number of participants reminded me of my off-the-cuff set of definitions about the differences between mobilizing, campaigning and community organising (focusing on local power), and one told me she has it on the wall of her office to inspire her every day. This has been the successful launch of an ambitious and visionary program. Many thanks to James and Kate for their vision, wisdom, and care in developing and nurturing the curriculum and the cohort. Kudos!

Kate Lardner, Doctors for the Environment Australia

During the Fellowship, I have embarked on an enormous learning curve that has resulted not only in exposure to concepts and skills, but knowledge of these things, through application of the teachings with leaders in their fields and the opportunity to be integrated into a real time campaign. I have been challenged creatively and analytically and been given the chance to create the openings and space to make my own opportunities arise.  
The Change Agency
2015-03-17T20:53:26+11:00
During the Fellowship, I have embarked on an enormous learning curve that has resulted not only in exposure to concepts and skills, but knowledge of these things, through application of the teachings with leaders in their fields and the opportunity to be integrated into a real time campaign. I have been challenged creatively and analytically and been given the chance to create the openings and space to make my own opportunities arise.  

Chloe Aldenhoven, Victorian Lock the Gate Coordinator

A packed program of skills, stories and discussions to figure out how to build the place of community development in our campaigns. So important to draw on the experience and wisdom of past campaigns and seasoned campaigners.  But not only that, an amazing opportunity to learn with and from the cohort of campaigners from across the country who between them have decades of organising experience.  Skills, conversations and connections that are going to be essential to us building a movement to achieve climate justice in Australia.
The Change Agency
2015-03-17T19:27:44+11:00
A packed program of skills, stories and discussions to figure out how to build the place of community development in our campaigns. So important to draw on the experience and wisdom of past campaigns and seasoned campaigners.  But not only that, an amazing opportunity to learn with and from the cohort of campaigners from across the country who between them have decades of organising experience.  Skills, conversations and connections that are going to be essential to us building a movement to achieve climate justice in Australia.

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!
The Change Agency
2014-03-30T07:37:22+11:00
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!
Sophie Peer

Sophie Peer, ChilOut campaign director

The Change Agency is like a best friend in the drawer. As the only paid employee in a very small not for profit, it is fabulous to know there are trusted, well tested resources a click away. Whether it's workshop planning, strategic re-think, tactics - tCA is the chamomile tea to my campaigner-stress.
The Change Agency
2014-05-16T14:31:59+10:00
Sophie Peer
The Change Agency is like a best friend in the drawer. As the only paid employee in a very small not for profit, it is fabulous to know there are trusted, well tested resources a click away. Whether it's workshop planning, strategic re-think, tactics - tCA is the chamomile tea to my campaigner-stress.
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