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peoples climate march
Fellowship

December 6, 2015

Community organising for climate justice

Graduates of our Community Organising Fellowship played key leadership roles in the People’s Climate March in November. Around the world, three-quarters of a million people marched to encourage their leaders to take strong commitments to Paris. Marches were held in 50 cities and towns right around Australia. Their leadership speaks volumes about the impact of…

People Power Manual cover
General News

September 13, 2015

Campaign Strategy Guide: ‘How to’ guides for organisers and activist educators

The Campaign Strategy Guide is the first instalment of the People Power Manual, a resource created for activist educators and facilitators. Campaign strategy needn’t be mystifying, lonely or stressful. Social movements become more powerful as more people are equipped to analyse their political context, consider paths to change and mindfully plan tactics. The Campaign Strategy Guide…

Taegen

October 6, 2014

Community Organising graduate profile: Taegen Edwards

Taegen is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently a Community Organising Manager with Solar Citizens. Why are you passionate about Community Organising? Why is organising an important part of the solution in your community?  A big part of the reason I love my job as an organiser at Solar Citizens is the people…

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LTG critical path workshop
General News

October 24, 2019

COMM ORG FELLOW PROFILE: VICKI PERRIN

Vicki Perrin is an organiser with Lock the Gate, working with communities in the Wide Bay region, Central Queensland. She completed our Fellowship during 2018 while her community were campaigning against invasive unconventional gas fields. Fracking permits had been granted for large parts of her region, generating widespread concern and opposition. Since graduating, Vicki has…

PA Awards night
General News

October 23, 2019

National philanthropic award for tCA’s Community Organising Fellowship

On 22 July 2019, the 17 funders who have supported the Community Organising Fellowship since 2014 received Philanthropy Australia’s annual Environmental Award during a ceremony held at the NSW Art Gallery. The award, in its third year, was sponsored by the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. Our Community Organising Fellowship has been supported by seventeen donors – foundations, family trusts…

COF2020 recruitment
General News

July 29, 2019

Training for community organisers: COF2020 applications now open

Applications are now open for the Change Agency’s 2020 Community Organising Fellowship for climate justice and environmental campaigners. Are you looking to effectively build community power in your campaigns? Are you passionately working for environmental and social justice and looking to broaden your knowledge and experience in campaign strategy and community organising? 

If the answer…

suffragettesholdingsign
General News

December 20, 2017

Stop Adani and the Suffragettes: Reflections on targets and tactics [Joel Dignam]

The 2017 Queensland state election took place against a proposed new coal mine in Queensland, and a concerted national campaign against it. The mine’s proponent was Adani Group, of India, and the opponents: Stop Adani. Before the Queensland state election campaign began, Stop Adani succeeded in pushing Australia’s big four banks to rule out financing…

Nic Clyde
General News

November 15, 2017

Comm Org Fellow Profile: Nic Clyde

Nic is a graduate of the 2014 Fellowship program and is currently NSW Community Coordinator with Lock the Gate Alliance. Why are you passionate about Community Organising? Why is organising an important part of the solution in your community?  One of the great things about being part of Lock the Gate is working directly with mining-affected communities….

moved to action
General News

June 19, 2017

Moved to Action: Joel Dignam’s review of Hahrie Han’s text

Hahrie Han’s Moved to Action (published in 2009) tackles the question of what motivates political participation by people who face significant barriers to participation. While some people have many resources that facilitate political participation (education, wealth, a political awareness), others don’t – and yet they still, in certain circumstances, become politically engaged. What’s going on? Han…

starfish
General News

January 19, 2017

Can the Centre Hold? (book review)

Joel Dignam reviews Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom’s ‘The Starfish and the Spider’. Decentralisation is so hot right now. People are talking about swarms, distributed leadership, horizontal learning. And it’s not the only thing that’s so hot right now. The new pro-coal Turnbull Government is attacking renewable energy. People over the world are feeling climate…

tactics cards
General News

December 1, 2016

Relational organising and transactional mobilising

How can we maximise the relational potential of tactics that are primarily designed to turn people out for our rallies and other public events? How can we harness the power of shared interests and values when we’re focused on organising events to show numbers? For the Organise conference in Sydney, James and Fee designed and experimented with…