Posts Categorized: General News

Raoul Wallenberg
General News

July 28, 2015

Nominations now open for the NSW Human Rights Award

Human rights activists across Australia are encouraged to nominate now for the NSW Human Rights Award, with entries closing on Friday, 21 August 2015. The NSW Human Rights Award pays tribute to a person who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the advancement of human rights.  The NSW Government supports the tireless efforts…

Randy Stoecker
General News

June 21, 2015

Thank you, Randy

Since the mid 1990s, Randy Stoecker has created and shared the awesome Comm-Org list-serve. At a time when e-groups were new and (in Australia, at least), sharing resources about community organising was radical pioneering work, Randy collated, curated and disseminated a growing collection of case studies, a calendar of workshops and conferences, and research papers written by and for…

divestment day crowd

April 8, 2015

Community Organising graduate profile: Mike Pulsford

Michael Pulsford (centre) is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently a community organiser with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Why is community organising an important part of the solution in my community? Climate change, in 2015, is a problem of power: the climate movement has less power than we need to win what we…

SEED dancers at flotilla_small

March 12, 2015

Community Organising Graduate Profile: Millie Telford

Millie Telford (at left in this photo) is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently the Director of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Why is community organising an important part of the solution in my community? People are our most valuable resource as a movement. I truly believe that if we can organise ourselves…

What do community organisers DO
General News

February 16, 2015

What do community organisers DO?

Organisers are sometimes described as ‘Jack of all trades’. It can be a complex and demanding role. To make sense of the role, the Change Agency synthesised recent position descriptions developed by social movement groups. We then cross-referenced that with education and training programs to identify eleven key attributes and skills associated with powerful organising work:…

education vs training
General News

Education or training? What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Training prepares people to do simple tasks reliably. It’s generally very practical and focuses on the competent completion of tasks. Education develops skills and knowledge. It involves forming and communicating ideas, developing and challenging understandings and learning to conceptualise and solve problems. Community organising and campaigning are not basic skills or competencies that can be learnt through…

what makes people tick

July 8, 2014

Winter activist reading

What makes people tick? The three hidden worlds of settlers, prospectors and pioneers Chris Rose is well known to campaigners and strategists for his brilliant website and manual How to Win Campaigns. With What makes people tick?, Chris introduces the reader to settlers, prospectors and pioneers. Companies and campaigners, from Greenpeace to Shell, from the…

Bentley blockade
General News

June 30, 2014

Understanding the success at Bentley

The six pillars of the Northern Rivers social movement against unconventional gas as evident in the Bentley blockade Based on an interview with Lock the Gate National Chair, Simon Clough by Ken McLeod, 14 June 2014 Social movements promote participatory democracy. They are a grassroots response when the existing democratic system fails to respond to…

Campaigners Toolkit

May 19, 2014

Build your own campaigners toolkit

Our new website allows activists and organisers to create your own tailored collection of resources. First, select from 72 tags to specify your topic of interest. Perhaps you’re looking for resources on ‘lobbying’ or ‘communication’ in the context of a campaign that’s about the ‘environment’ or ‘peace’. Or you might be looking for a ‘case…