The Change Agency is a collective of activist educators and researchers. We work with community organisers to help people clarify their purpose and develop plans that will enable them to be heard, focus their energies and achieve social and environmental justice outcomes.
We research social change, activism and advocacy. What is successful and what isn’t? How can people organise and work together more effectively? Based on our ongoing research we facilitate workshops for activists and community organisers and also share many of our resources on this site.
Our mission is to strengthen effective community and workplace action for social, ecological and economic justice by providing facilitation, workshops, resources, research and other learning opportunities.
Our approach draws on traditions of popular and experiential education encourages:
- participatory and empowered learning
- listening and reflection
- questioning not telling
- exercises linked to real and contemporary change work
- supporting, mentoring, guiding, facilitating and tutoring
We avoid the ‘talking head’ approach to adult education, the facilitator as expert, and treating participants as empty vessels.
Our key strengths lie in:
- facilitation and activist education
- training program development and advice
- curriculum and resource development
- strategic planning and campaign strategy
- research, evaluation and analysis
For more details on what we do, see these other pages:
The Community Organising Fellowship is our signature project. Launched in 2014, the Fellowship provides 22 days of residential workshops, monthly mentoring and a comprehensive suite of training resources to create a cohort of expert organisers.
Workshops – One way we support effective community action is by organising, designing and facilitating workshops. We do this primarily in two ways: (1) tCA initiated workshops that are open to everyone; and (2) in-house with organisations to address specific challenges or priorities. See our list of workshop themes for a taste of what’s possible. We are regularly developing new curriculum, and customise workshops to suit each group’s context and purpose.
Training resources – Our online training resources are drawn from our workshops and the work of activist educators we know and admire. We have grouped them under the four dimensions of activist learning identified by US activist educator Steve Chase: social action skills; big picture thinking and political analysis (including strategy); organisational development and maintenance; and personal development and lifeskills.
Mentoring – The Change Agency is committed to creating opportunities for people engaged in social change work to undertake deep reflection about their work. Mentoring encourages activists and organisers to think and reflect in a confidential and supportive environment. Mentoning sessions typically involve reviewing the intervening period, identifying challenges, and workshopping ways to respond to challenges in the future. This can be a powerful aid to learning and development.