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2018 Online author talks for organisers (various dates, starting 17 January)

Date: 17/01/2018

2018 Online author talks for organisers (various dates, starting 17 January)

Location: Online
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

As organizers and activists, it’s not always easy to stay abreast of the latest thinking and writing about movement-building. Yet it’s vital to bringing more wisdom, creativity and inspiration to this work! And connecting to others deeply committed to movement-building can help us re-charge. Here is a series of online talks by authors of some…

Changeology Master Class and project incubator workshops | 10-11 Sept, Melbourne

Date: 10/09/2018 - 11/09/2018

Changeology Master Class and project incubator workshops | 10-11 Sept, Melbourne

Location: Melbourne
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

You’ll use the Changeology methodology to devise targeted change projects that are buzz-worthy, fun, game-like, social, so people want to “come and play”. We’ll mix change psychology, design thinking, and creativity techniques, all wrapped up in a solid program logic. Participants leave with prototype projects and persuasive communications ready for their first public outing. It includes Les’s enjoyable crash course on the psychology…

Changeology Master Class and project incubator workshops | 20-21 Sept, Sydney

Date: 20/09/2018 - 21/09/2018

Changeology Master Class and project incubator workshops | 20-21 Sept, Sydney

Location: Sydney
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

You’ll use the Changeology methodology to devise targeted change projects that are buzz-worthy, fun, game-like, social, so people want to “come and play”. We’ll mix change psychology, design thinking, and creativity techniques, all wrapped up in a solid program logic. Participants leave with prototype projects and persuasive communications ready for their first public outing. It…

Community directors conference | 14 Sept, Melbourne

Date: 14/09/2018 - 14/09/2018

Community directors conference | 14 Sept, Melbourne

Location: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

There’s nothing quite like standing shoulder to shoulder and working for a cause. But if your board’s not working well the whole thing can start to feel too hard, too painful. Sometimes just a small tweak can create enormous change. But how do you know where to focus? At the Community Directors Conference 2018 you’ll…

Groupwork Institute of Australia training calendar

Date: 01/03/2018 - 31/12/2018

Groupwork Institute of Australia training calendar

Location: Melbourne
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

The Groupwork Institute of Australia are the collaborative education and training arm of Commonground Training Resources Inc. We have been leaders in facilitation and collaborative management for more than 30 years. Our approach has two levels: Practical skills and processes that are easy to understand and simple to use Building emotional intelligence so these tools…

Not-for-profit people conference | 19-20 November, Melbourne

Date: 19/11/2018 - 20/11/2018

Not-for-profit people conference | 19-20 November, Melbourne

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is Australia’s largest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector. Over two days and twenty-nine inspiring sessions, join five hundred senior leaders and team leaders, HR professionals and board members, volunteer managers and CEOs to explore the NFP sector’s most pressing…

People Power: The Study of Strategic Nonviolent Resistance [Free online course]

Date: 06/09/2018 - 01/11/2018

People Power: The Study of Strategic Nonviolent Resistance [Free online course]

Location: Online
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, in partnership with Rutgers University International Institute for Peace, is pleased to announce a call for applications for an eight-week, moderated online course: People Power: The Study of Strategic Nonviolent Resistance. This free, moderated course will take place on ICNC’s online learning platform, from September 6 to November 1,…

VCOSS 2018 training calendar: Our Community

Date: 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2018

VCOSS 2018 training calendar: Our Community

Location: Melbourne and other locations in Victoria
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00am

Upcoming training opportunities on grant writing, successful boards, effective meetings, governance, media, online essentials, campaigns that sizzle, and being an effective spokesperson. Our Community has developed a suite of affordable, practical training to help community sector staff, volunteers and supporters keep abreast of their responsibilities and learn how to lift their organisation from ordinary to…

What are people saying about us?

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.
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.
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.
John Hepburn

John Hepburn, Outreach Manager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

When you stop learning, you stop growing. For social movements and organisations to grow and develop, they need to learn from their successes and failures. The Change Agency have played a key role in helping Greenpeace to do this, to reflect on our work, to focus on what is effective, and to map out some exciting new strategic directions. They've supported our staff and volunteers with some great practical training on campaign strategy, and, of course, they've been a joy to work with.
2014-03-30T07:35:05+00:00
John Hepburn
When you stop learning, you stop growing. For social movements and organisations to grow and develop, they need to learn from their successes and failures. The Change Agency have played a key role in helping Greenpeace to do this, to reflect on our work, to focus on what is effective, and to map out some...
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...
quitcoal

Peter Callender, Quit Coal



Like many campaigning groups, we are constantly grappling with capacity issues, a lack of funding/resources, burnout and how to best manage volunteers. While it's early days, the fellowship is already having significant flow on effects to the rest of the Quit Coal collective and the lessons we are learning are both effective and reinvigorating!


2014-04-16T22:34:36+00:00
quitcoal
Like many campaigning groups, we are constantly grappling with capacity issues, a lack of funding/resources, burnout and how to best manage volunteers. While it’s early days, the fellowship is already having significant flow on effects to the rest of the Quit Coal collective and the lessons we are learning are both effective and reinvigorating!
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.
Anna Rose

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!
2014-03-30T07:37:22+00:00
Anna Rose
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...
leigh

Leigh Ewbank, Yes2Renewables coordinator

Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.

 By creating a ‘community of practice’ of organisers, those behind the fellowship have shown strategic leadership. The relationships the program has cultivated (within the cohort and between alumni) will pay dividends. 
2015-03-17T20:58:10+00:00
leigh
Usually, organisers learn in the heat of battle – through trial and error, stress, and necessity. The Community Organising Fellowship has provided a rare opportunity to step off the campaign trail, slow down, and do some deep learning. The suite of tools explored in the program will influence my practice for years to come.  By...
Bob Bingaman

Bob Bingaman, Sierra Club National Organizing Director

The fight to protect the environment is a fight of organized people against organized money.  For those in Australia who want to take on and be successful in this fight, the Community Organizing Fellowship provides the opportunity to learn, practice and implement strong grassroots organizing skills.

There is no better place to learn the craft of organizing, then immediately apply those learning to today’s most relevant climate and environmental campaigns, than the Community Organizing Fellowship.  The program is an in-depth immersion into the craft of grassroots organizing.  Going through this program will transform campaigners and how they think about and implement campaigns which build grassroots power to achieve significant environmental victories.
2014-05-29T13:00:49+00:00
Bob Bingaman
The fight to protect the environment is a fight of organized people against organized money.  For those in Australia who want to take on and be successful in this fight, the Community Organizing Fellowship provides the opportunity to learn, practice and implement strong grassroots organizing skills. There is no better place to learn the craft...