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Campaign strategy for community organisers | 27 & 28 March, Melbourne

Date: 27/03/2020 - 28/03/2020

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 27 & 28 March, Melbourne

Location: Kensington Town Hall, Melbourne 30-34 Bellair Street Kensington, VIC 3031
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. Our Campaign Strategy workshops equip community campaigners and organisers with a suite of tools to analyse their social and political context, define your objectives, choose the right target and focus, assess political opportunities, and prioritise the most powerful…

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 31 March & 1 April, Sydney

Date: 31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 31 March & 1 April, Sydney

Location: To be confirmed
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. Our Campaign Strategy workshops equip community campaigners and organisers with a suite of tools to analyse their social and political context, define your objectives, choose the right target and focus, assess political opportunities, and prioritise the most powerful…

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 4 & 5 April, Brisbane

Date: 04/04/2020 - 05/04/2020

Campaign strategy for community organisers | 4 & 5 April, Brisbane

Location: Common Ground, 14 Hope Street, West End
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. Our Campaign Strategy workshops equip community campaigners and organisers with a suite of tools to analyse their social and political context, define your objectives, choose the right target and focus, assess political opportunities, and prioritise the most powerful…

Circles of Community: Social Permaculture in Action | 7-10 May, SE Qld

Date: 07/05/2020 - 10/05/2020

Circles of Community: Social Permaculture in Action | 7-10 May, SE Qld

Location: Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

International author, workshop facilitator and Permaculture teacher Starhawk from US will visit Australia to be the special guest for the Australiasian Permaculture Convergence in Brisbane in April 2020, hosted by Northey Street City Farm. Amongst her busy schedule she’ll join Robin Clayfeild at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village to offer a 3 1/2 day Social Permaculture…

Civil Resistance workshop | Monday 6 April, Brisbane

Date: 06/04/2020 - 06/04/2020

Civil Resistance workshop | Monday 6 April, Brisbane

Location: Common Ground, 14 Hope Street, West End
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. You know parliament has failed to deliver justice. You don’t trust corporations but you’re not ready to give up. Between joining the system and burning it down is another way: civil resistance. This workshop from tCA and Pasifika…

Civil Resistance workshop | Sunday 29 March, Melbourne

Date: 29/03/2020 - 29/03/2020

Civil Resistance workshop | Sunday 29 March, Melbourne

Location: Kensington Town Hall 30-34 Bellair St Kensington
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. You know parliament has failed to deliver justice. You don’t trust corporations but you’re not ready to give up. Between joining the system and burning it down is another way: civil resistance. This workshop from tCA and Pasifika…

Civil Resistance workshop | Thursday 2 April, Sydney

Date: 02/04/2020 - 02/04/2020

Civil Resistance workshop | Thursday 2 April, Sydney

Location: To be confirmed
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

This participatory workshop will equip you with tools and confidence to strategise for social and environmental justice. You know parliament has failed to deliver justice. You don’t trust corporations but you’re not ready to give up. Between joining the system and burning it down is another way: civil resistance. This workshop from tCA and Pasifika…

Deep Democracy training levels 3 & 4 | 26-29 March, Sydney

Date: 26/03/2020 - 29/03/2020

Deep Democracy training levels 3 & 4 | 26-29 March, Sydney

Location: Sydney
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00pm

This four-day course concentrates on: Learning the tools for reflective listening, amplification and polarisation Developing self-awareness through gaining an understanding of the self in relation to the “Rackety Pattern” and “Scripts” The course will provide a context in which participants are able to practice, under supervision, facilitating a check-in, using the steps of Deep Democracy,…

Groupwork Institute of Australia training calendar

Date: 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

Groupwork Institute of Australia training calendar

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

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. Their approach has two levels: Practical skills and processes that are easy to understand and simple to use Building emotional intelligence so these tools can…

OrganiseUs Digital Intensive | 2-6 March, Melbourne

Date: 02/03/2020 - 06/03/2020

OrganiseUs Digital Intensive | 2-6 March, Melbourne

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

Often the biggest challenge facing people working or volunteering towards social change is access to world-class, hands-on training in the skills, tools and tactics to run cut-through campaigns. We bring together the very best digital strategists and offer hands-on training in running smart, engaging and strategic digital campaigns. Scholarships are available through #StopAdani First Nations…

Social Permaculture Weekend | 12-13 Sept, Crystal Waters, SE Qld

Date: 12/09/2020 - 13/09/2020

Social Permaculture Weekend | 12-13 Sept, Crystal Waters, SE Qld

Location: Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00pm

Social Permaculture applies from the individual level to the broader community level. It’s scope includes personal growth, community, finance, business, health, art & culture, education, events, media and justice. These types of tools, and more, will be explored in the upcoming Social Permaculture Weekend, co-hosted by Robin Clayfield and Erin Young at Crystal Waters Ecovillage…

VCOSS training calendar: Our Community

Date: 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

VCOSS training calendar: Our Community

Location: Melbourne and other locations in Victoria
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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?

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+11:00
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.

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+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.  
Meghan and Lilly

Meghan Halverson, Queensland Koala Crusaders

I am so very grateful for the Change Agency’s perspective in helping to coordinate and inspire our group.  The weekend at Wild Mountains to begin to create the foundation of our national koala alliance will certainly be a highlight of 2014. The combination of your amazing resources and the collaborative facilitation helped to provide a cohesive, motivating structure for the path forward and a fresh new approach.
2014-05-06T00:41:31+10:00
Meghan and Lilly
I am so very grateful for the Change Agency’s perspective in helping to coordinate and inspire our group.  The weekend at Wild Mountains to begin to create the foundation of our national koala alliance will certainly be a highlight of 2014. The combination of your amazing resources and the collaborative facilitation helped to provide a cohesive, motivating structure for the path forward and a fresh new approach.
Nic clyde

Nic Clyde, Climate team leader, Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Before coming into this cohort, my community organising ability was – at best – intuitive, with not much structure and theory... or ‘all hat and no horse’ (as the Texans say). This is starting to change. This fellowship has reinvigorated my thirst to become a better campaigner. It has built my skills in strategy and community organising. It has connected me with a mob who are passionate, connected and willing to help out in whatever way they can. Thanks!
2014-05-23T16:40:41+10:00
Nic clyde
Before coming into this cohort, my community organising ability was – at best – intuitive, with not much structure and theory... or ‘all hat and no horse’ (as the Texans say). This is starting to change. This fellowship has reinvigorated my thirst to become a better campaigner. It has built my skills in strategy and community organising. It has connected me with a mob who are passionate, connected and willing to help out in whatever way they can. Thanks!
Six Degrees

Sam Robb, Six Degrees

When I’m amongst passionate and talented people, I always feel like our movement can be powerful. But after the last 10 days, I not only feel we can be powerful, I know we can. I know how we can be and that is a unique and invaluable gift. The quality and consideration of the facilitation and subject matter was astonishing, and there was a group wide acknowledgement of both an immense privilege of being a part of the cohort and a resounding responsibility to use and share what we felt and learnt.
2014-05-23T17:11:47+10:00
Six Degrees
When I’m amongst passionate and talented people, I always feel like our movement can be powerful. But after the last 10 days, I not only feel we can be powerful, I know we can. I know how we can be and that is a unique and invaluable gift. The quality and consideration of the facilitation and subject matter was astonishing, and there was a group wide acknowledgement of both an immense privilege of being a part of the cohort and a resounding responsibility to use and share what we felt and learnt.

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+11:00
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.

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+11:00
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.

Jess Kirby, GetUp! organiser

The Change Agency fellowship has been a completely transformative experience for all of us. I’ve met 22 of the most diverse, interesting organisers and campaigners in the country, and been trained by more than a dozen experts on everything from critical pathways, to the history of the environment movement in Australia, to NationBuilder best practice. I can’t recommend this program highly enough.  
2015-03-17T20:50:52+11:00
The Change Agency fellowship has been a completely transformative experience for all of us. I’ve met 22 of the most diverse, interesting organisers and campaigners in the country, and been trained by more than a dozen experts on everything from critical pathways, to the history of the environment movement in Australia, to NationBuilder best practice. I can’t recommend this program highly enough.  

Cate Faehrmann, Director, Nature Conservation Council NSW, 2005

We did a two-day workshop with The Change Agency early this year which provided our organisation with some much-needed tools for strategic campaigning and planning. There was nothing but positive feedback from our staff and board members about what they gained from the two days spent with James and Sam. The power mapping exercise was particularly insightful for staff and board members alike and as a result our campaigns are more pro-active - we are seeing results!
2014-03-30T07:51:49+11:00
We did a two-day workshop with The Change Agency early this year which provided our organisation with some much-needed tools for strategic campaigning and planning. There was nothing but positive feedback from our staff and board members about what they gained from the two days spent with James and Sam. The power mapping exercise was particularly insightful for staff and board members alike and as a result our campaigns are more pro-active - we are seeing results!
Stu Bowen

Stu Bowen, Environmental Manager (Australia & New Zealand) Patagonia International Inc.

James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental and social change.

 
2015-04-29T18:23:01+10:00
Stu Bowen
James has helped me better appreciate my unique set of values and understand what inspires me to action, which is a great tool to recognise other stakeholder’s values and what motivates them to action. This growth allows me to communicate far more effectively with all my stakeholders, so we can all achieve greater positive environmental and social change.