Guest speakers and facilitators

Workshop 1

Steph Cunio

Steph Cunio

Stephanie Cunio works with the Climate Action Network of Australia as convenor of the Community Organising Hub. Stephanie began her life as an activist with Greenpeace in the ’90s, and has since been an organiser/educator with the Trade Union movement . During this time she has worked for the NSW state public service union (PSA). and the council of trade unions (ACTU).

Stephanie has also worked for the Sydney Alliance as a Community Organiser. Her most recent role was Organising Manager at the PSA, where she worked with her peers to transition the union to an organising focus. Stephanie has strong skills in facilitation, training, relationship building and mentoring and she is excited to be working with the climate movement to build and exercise power to create the change we want.

Kristyn Crossfield

Kristyn Crossfield

Kristyn Crossfield

Kristyn is currently a Director at Reveille. Reveille works with membership organisations committed to helping their members make transformative change in Australia.

Motivated by a desire to impact for the common good, Kristyn has worked for over 20 years in the trade union movement as an organiser, campaigner, educator and senior leader. In addition to paid work, Kristyn has practiced leadership within her local school community, her church, in the Sydney Alliance and is currently a board member of two not-for-profit organisations.

For over 10 years, Kristyn worked in the Australian Services Union, 7 of those years as the Branch Secretary of the NSW Services and Airlines Branch, organising and campaigning for workers rights. She then moved to a role within the Australian Council of Trade Unions Organising Centre, responsible for working with unions to win by planning (both strategically and operationally), campaigning, developing leaders at all levels and facilitating organisational change. Her final role at the ACTU was that of Director of Leadership Programs and culminated in the NexGen organising conference in 2017.

Kristyn’s broad experience enables her to facilitate and challenge leaders to think about their work across all levels and functions within an organisation in order to achieve purpose.

Lindsay Soutar

Lindsay Soutar

Lindsay Soutar is a Network Organiser with the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) Network Support Team. Prior to working with the Climate Action Network Lindsay was the National Director and founder of Solar Citizens, where she spent more than 8 years as a campaigner and community organiser working for a renewable powered future.

Lindsay first got involved in the climate movement when she set up a local climate action group – Climate Action Newtown. Lindsay was previously a CANA board member and is a former Young Environmentalist of the Year.

 

Workshop 2

Jack Bertolous

Jack Bertolous

Jack Bertolous has been at Market Forces for 3 years where I’m currently Research Coordinator. He enjoys helping people understand how their finances help and hinder climate action and empowering them to align their money with their values. Jack completed the Community Organising Fellowship in 2017.

 

 

 

Tim Lo Surdo

Tim Lo Surdo

Tim Lo Surdo is the Founder and National Director of Democracy in Colour - Australia’s first national racial justice campaigning organisation led by people of colour. Previously, Tim was a Senior Organiser at United Voice, led campaigns at Oaktree, has been an adviser to two Senators, directed national campaigns for an advocacy organisation in India, co-founded an international spoken word poetry platform, was the National Communications Director for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Millie Telford

Millie Telford

Amelia Telford, a young Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from Bundjalung country is the National Co-Director of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Amelia is passionate about supporting a national grassroots network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to protect our land, culture and communities from the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and be a part of creating positive change for our people. Amelia was awarded National NAIDOC Youth of Year in 2014, Bob Brown’s Young Environmentalist for the Year 2015 and Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year 2015 for her commitment to building a more just and sustainable future for all young people. Millie is a COF2014 graduate.

Pablo Brait

Pablo Brait

Pablo Brait has volunteered and worked on climate, fossil fuel and renewable energy campaigns since 2007. His main focus is helping people work together to build the power they need to win. Pablo is a campaigner with MarketForces.

 

 

 

Workshop 3

Dan Spencer

Dan Spencer

Dan Spencer worked with the Port Augusta community and its allies from 2012-2017 on the Repower Port Augusta campaign that won a new, $650 million solar thermal plant to be built in the region creating clean energy and new jobs following the closure of the city’s two coal fired power stations. Dan now works as a Senior Campaigner at the Australian Services Union SA+NT Branch and previously worked as a campaigner/organiser at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Solar Citizens.

Kate Smolski

Kate Smolski

Kate Smolski is an environmental advocate with over 15 years of experience in grassroots organizing, campaign strategy, media relations, policy and lobbying. As a grassroots organiser and campaigner Kate has worked for several leading US environmental non-profits including Green Corps, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace.  Kate moved to Sydney in 2012; she now leads the Nature Conservation Council of NSW as the CEO, after two years as the Campaigns Director. Kate co-founded the Community Organising Fellowship.

Gemma Borgo-Caratti

Gemma Borgo-Caratti

Gemma Borgo-Caratti is the National Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to stepping up, Gemma was AYCC’s campaign and programs co-director, driving strategy and the rollout of AYCC’s campaigns and programs through their huge grassroots network across the country. Gemma been with the AYCC since 2010 as a NSW State Coordinator, National Fundraising Director and Campaigner and recently led their successful Don’t Risk the Reef campaign which saw Lend Lease, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank publicly withdraw from coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef. Gemma is passionate about empowering young people to take action on climate change and has run training days for hundreds of young people and even facilitated climate change workshops in the Antarctic. Gemma is a COF2014 graduate.

Chloe Aldenhoven

Chloe Aldenhoven

Chloe Aldenhoven has been campaigning for action on climate change and keeping fossil fuels in the ground since 2009. After joining the Quit Coal collective in 2012 Chloe began working as campaigner and community organiser at Friends of the Earth. She has worked with communities across the state to resist onshore gas and fracking, playing a core role in building a social movement that achieved a permanent ban on fracking and a long term moratorium on all gas exploration in Victoria.  She is now working at the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity and is a volunteer member of Friends of the Earth’s Sustainable Cities Collective. Chloe is a COF2014 graduate.

Annie Kia

Annie Kia

Annie Kia has strong faith in collective intelligence. With threats to our life support systems and to democracy, she believes we need to deepen social movement know-how, so that a great many of us hold it, and strengthen it, together.

Annie first experienced People Power in her 20s, when she started learning from scholars and practitioners of nonviolent resistance, and engaged in the anti-nuclear movement of that time.

Her work experience includes TAFE teaching, counseling, organizational change and health promotion. In this latter role she immersed herself in learning how whole populations change – how they can adopt new behaviours via network cascades, and about emergent, complex systems. She started applying the Cynefin framework in collaborative projects. Using these concepts, she helped midwife a collaboration of regional organisations to act on climate change – Sustain Northern Rivers.

When her region was threatened by coal seam gasfields, Annie threw herself into the Northern Rivers campaign – as part of a capacity building team whose goal was scaling up the movement.

She co-developed a process of grassroots democracy called Gasfield Free Communities. After door-to-door surveys, communities unilaterally declared their district Gasfield Free. Her understanding of the Cynefin framework helped this go to scale and there were eventually 147 self-declared communities in the Northern Rivers. Reaching across every political affiliation, this process contributed to mass-movement dynamics at the Bentley Blockade.

In late 2012 Annie started working for Lock The Gate Alliance. Her role was to build the capacity of frontline communities to grow their movements, including the ongoing evolution of Mining Free communities. There are now more than 460 Gasfield Free, or Coal Free communities in Australia.

 

What are people saying about us?

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...
Glenn Walker

Glenn Walker, National Campaigner, The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society has embarked on a major organisational change project to embrace community organising as our core way of doing business. I’m leading on this project. The Community Organising Fellowship has helped me to define the key principles and approaches of community organising and has provided me with the space and support to plan for this critical change process within my organisation.
2014-03-27T02:09:18+00:00
Glenn Walker
The Wilderness Society has embarked on a major organisational change project to embrace community organising as our core way of doing business. I’m leading on this project. The Community Organising Fellowship has helped me to define the key principles and approaches of community organising and has provided me with the space and support to plan...
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...
Jane Stabb

Jane Stabb, Community Organiser, Environment Victoria

The Community Organising Fellowship workshop was extraordinarily impactful for me. I had a chance to investigate the theory behind effective organising and campaigning tools that I can use in my practice every day but very rarely interrogate or reflect on.  I found new frameworks and structures that will improve my practice so much. I had the space and place to interrogate my campaign with the assistance of masters!  And I was given the opportunity to build relationships with leaders in my field, to be supported in my thinking by them and to support them by sharing our practice and experiences... 100% pure gold.
2014-05-23T16:45:53+00:00
Jane Stabb
The Community Organising Fellowship workshop was extraordinarily impactful for me. I had a chance to investigate the theory behind effective organising and campaigning tools that I can use in my practice every day but very rarely interrogate or reflect on.  I found new frameworks and structures that will improve my practice so much. I had...
simone

Simone van Hattem

The Community Organising Fellowship has given me effective organising skills and tools, and background information of the Australian environment and climate movements I need to develop strategy for campaigns, and provide training for other organisers and campaigners across Western Australia. The support I've been given through the ongoing mentorship and buddy program helps me stay connected with the wider movement, and stay on track to organise the people we need to defeat organised money. This program is a transformative experience, changing my work and the movement, and I'm so thankful to be part of it.
2015-03-17T21:04:17+00:00
simone
The Community Organising Fellowship has given me effective organising skills and tools, and background information of the Australian environment and climate movements I need to develop strategy for campaigns, and provide training for other organisers and campaigners across Western Australia. The support I’ve been given through the ongoing mentorship and buddy program helps me stay...
Catherine Delahunty

Catherine Delahunty, Kotare Centre, Aotearoa

This was the most effective movement building workshop I have participated in. It focused the people on breaking the barriers to participation in social movements in a very practical way. They had some excellent participatory processes for defining mobilisation and also some great methods for getting diverse people working together.
2014-04-25T06:04:55+00:00
Catherine Delahunty
This was the most effective movement building workshop I have participated in. It focused the people on breaking the barriers to participation in social movements in a very practical way. They had some excellent participatory processes for defining mobilisation and also some great methods for getting diverse people working together.
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+00:00
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...
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

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.
manny

Manny Pasqualini, Community Power Agency

One highlight for me is the focus on relational organising; the importance of taking the time to really get to know the people you work with. The deeper the relationship, the better it stands up to testing times and the sweeter it feels when your movement achieves success.

 The diversity present within this year’s cohort is another major highlight for me. To be able to spend this time learning and practicing day in and day out with people from right across the country and right across the breadth of the climate action movement has been an honour. To share this time and space with two wonderfully inspiring indigenous Australians has filled a gap in my education until now and opened up a real sense of belonging to an Australia that I want to be a part of.
2015-03-17T21:10:26+00:00
manny
One highlight for me is the focus on relational organising; the importance of taking the time to really get to know the people you work with. The deeper the relationship, the better it stands up to testing times and the sweeter it feels when your movement achieves success.  The diversity present within this year’s cohort...