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?

Shani Tager

Shani Tager, Friends of the Earth

The fellowship has been really useful in helping me become more disciplined in the strategic planning process and able to clearly communicate why we’re doing what we’re doing. The facilitation team have been fantastic and having theory drawn out from our own experiences and then immediately applied to our campaigns means I’ll be returning to my team with a solid analysis of how we can be more effective.
2014-05-10T21:52:42+00:00
Shani Tager
The fellowship has been really useful in helping me become more disciplined in the strategic planning process and able to clearly communicate why we’re doing what we’re doing. The facilitation team have been fantastic and having theory drawn out from our own experiences and then immediately applied to our campaigns means I’ll be returning to...
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...
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.
Claire O'Rourke

Claire O’Rourke, National Director, Solar Citizens

The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia.

Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is essential for organisations that are working to build power within communities or considering making the leap into this work. 
2015-03-17T21:03:10+00:00
Claire O'Rourke
The fellowship has helped me further develop the skills and strategic thinking necessary to ensure that we deliver sound policy by working in partnership with our supporters and volunteers in communities across Australia. Organising helps to build relationships and skills both within and between communities and the fellowship follows the same approach. The fellowship is...
hayley

Hayley Troupe, 350.org organiser

The community organising fellowship has expanded my theoretical and practical knowledge of how and why to organise. Through the Fellowship I have so far gained new skills to lead strategic, collaborative and powerful university divestment campaigns. I have learnt so much from the well-structured workshops and the inspiring sharing of experiences. I look forward to sharing my experiences and learnings with others involved in the university divestment movement.
2015-03-17T19:29:30+00:00
hayley
The community organising fellowship has expanded my theoretical and practical knowledge of how and why to organise. Through the Fellowship I have so far gained new skills to lead strategic, collaborative and powerful university divestment campaigns. I have learnt so much from the well-structured workshops and the inspiring sharing of experiences. I look forward to...
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.
2014-05-16T14:31:59+00:00
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.
Chloe_A

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.
2015-03-17T19:27:44+00:00
Chloe_A
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...
anna-keenan

Anna Keenan, Students of Sustainability Collective 2006

Thank you for your involvement in SoS this year and for your continued commitment over the years to effecting sustainable environmental and social change. Your co-facilitated presentations on activist learning, campaign strategy and activist sustainability were all very well received, generating discussion, excitement, considered thought and motivation from the participants, including myself. Not only was the content inspirational, but to see the way that the two of you work together and so effectively co-facilitate was a lesson in itself. At your “Moving beyond Tactic-Led Campaigns”, you so successfully engaged all in the room and drew from their experiences that it was the most effective workshop I attended through the whole conference. Your involvement in SoS 2005 has had a significant impact on the future of Australian environmentalism by sharing the tools of individual, collective, and community organising, and inspiring us to advocate for and take action towards positive social change.
2014-03-30T07:52:56+00:00
anna-keenan
Thank you for your involvement in SoS this year and for your continued commitment over the years to effecting sustainable environmental and social change. Your co-facilitated presentations on activist learning, campaign strategy and activist sustainability were all very well received, generating discussion, excitement, considered thought and motivation from the participants, including myself. Not only was...
alexandra

Alexandra Soderlund, Solar Citizens

The fellowship has managed to achieve that elusive duo of being both a broadening and deepening experience - complete with delicious food. Learning as much from the incredible and diverse participants as the amazing facilitators, the ten days of the first workshop have flown by. I feel like I’ve come a long way as an organiser (and dare I say a person?!) already, I’m excited and a little bit scared to see where I end up. 
2015-03-17T20:59:30+00:00
alexandra
The fellowship has managed to achieve that elusive duo of being both a broadening and deepening experience – complete with delicious food. Learning as much from the incredible and diverse participants as the amazing facilitators, the ten days of the first workshop have flown by. I feel like I’ve come a long way as an...
jason

Jason Lyddieth, Greenpeace

There are many learnings, skills, and tools I am keen to take back to my work to empower my teams and improve our campaigns. The people and the vibe at the trainings were amazing and truly inspiring. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to have been able to attend and privileged to be a recipient of such great learnings and in the company of such amazing people.
2014-05-10T21:48:34+00:00
jason
There are many learnings, skills, and tools I am keen to take back to my work to empower my teams and improve our campaigns. The people and the vibe at the trainings were amazing and truly inspiring. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to have been able to attend and privileged to be a...