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 Services Union
  • Australian Student Environment Network
  • Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
  • Australian Youth Climate Coalition
  • Australian Wind Alliance
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lumbu Indigenous Community Foundation
  • Maleny Voice
  • 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?

clairevh

Claire Van Herpen, Environment Victoria

The Community Organising fellowship provides a positive and nurturing environment in which to learn and apply the practical skills required to effectively mobilise communities to create change. It's a great opportunity to learn from others in the environmental movement and provides space for collaboration and reflection.
2015-03-17T19:26:27+00:00
clairevh
The Community Organising fellowship provides a positive and nurturing environment in which to learn and apply the practical skills required to effectively mobilise communities to create change. It’s a great opportunity to learn from others in the environmental movement and provides space for collaboration and reflection.
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.
2014-05-10T21:42:00+00:00
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...
Naomi Hodgson

Naomi Hodgson, community organiser, NW NSW

I can emphatically endorse the value of this time to build skills and awareness in strategic thinking and in specific and practical community organising tools. I am sure that with concerted application of the course content I will become a significantly more confident and effective organiser. Furthermore, the value of the relationships that have been forged among the cohort offer great potential for future collaboration and support to help build a more coordinated, cooperative and powerful environment movement in Australia.
2015-03-17T20:49:16+00:00
Naomi Hodgson
I can emphatically endorse the value of this time to build skills and awareness in strategic thinking and in specific and practical community organising tools. I am sure that with concerted application of the course content I will become a significantly more confident and effective organiser. Furthermore, the value of the relationships that have been...
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.
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...
Alana

Alana West, Quit Coal organiser

The fellowship has equipped me with a deeper understanding of what community organising is, and how it can best be applied. Through my learnings I have been challenged to move from tactics-based campaigning to more strategic, long-term campaigning. I understand better where my campaign and my community fit into the incredible tapestry that is the environment and climate movement in Australia.
2015-03-17T21:00:54+00:00
Alana
The fellowship has equipped me with a deeper understanding of what community organising is, and how it can best be applied. Through my learnings I have been challenged to move from tactics-based campaigning to more strategic, long-term campaigning. I understand better where my campaign and my community fit into the incredible tapestry that is the...
Catherine Delahunty

Catherine Delahunty, Kotare Centre, Aotearoa

This was the most effective movement building workshop I have participated in. It focused the people on breaking the barriers to participation in social movements in a very practical way. They had some excellent participatory processes for defining mobilisation and also some great methods for getting diverse people working together.
2014-04-25T06:04:55+00:00
Catherine Delahunty
This was the most effective movement building workshop I have participated in. It focused the people on breaking the barriers to participation in social movements in a very practical way. They had some excellent participatory processes for defining mobilisation and also some great methods for getting diverse people working together.
josh

Josh Creaser, Frontline Projects Coordinator, 350.org

Most campaigners would probably shudder at the thought of spending ten whole days away from the frantic world of actions and meetings, to invest time in their own reflection and learning. The Community Organising Fellowship forces you to do just that – and what a gift and opportunity that time becomes.

 The Fellowship is a unique combination of ingredients. Time for pause and reflection. Discussion with leading thinkers. Connections to a wide array of campaigns. Guidance from experienced and caring facilitators. Bonds formed with 25 inspiring campaigners from across the country.

 These ingredients are brought together with carefully crafted methods. Thought-provoking stories. Challenging questions. Developing crucial skills. Applying new methods and tools. Preparing new plans for real world projects. 

 The result? Ten days that couldn’t have been better spent for someone that is looking to challenge their assumptions, deepen their understanding of why we organise in communities and feel ready to go forward with greater focus and vigour in their work.
2015-03-17T20:56:37+00:00
josh
Most campaigners would probably shudder at the thought of spending ten whole days away from the frantic world of actions and meetings, to invest time in their own reflection and learning. The Community Organising Fellowship forces you to do just that – and what a gift and opportunity that time becomes.  The Fellowship is a...
kate

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.  
2015-03-17T20:53:26+00:00
kate
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...
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!

2014-09-15T10:27:41+00:00
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...