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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…

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…

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…

Recent News

Bill and Col in the gallery
Featured

July 8, 2014

Circles of commitment, ladders of engagement

[Emma Wasson reflects:] The Wilderness Society is using an adaptation of the ‘Circles of Commitment’ framework adapted from Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Church” to develop a conceptual framework to measure the activity and engagement of individuals in our organisation. The Wilderness Society speak of ‘Circles of Engagement’ (rather than ‘Circles of Commitment’). We found…

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…

deep in thought
Fellowship

May 19, 2014

Community organising program: building power

We’re mid-way through the first cycle of our Community Organising Fellowship. The cohort of 25 organisers gathered in Pittwater (Sydney) in late February 2014 for our first workshop. During the 10 day residential workshop, we learnt a lot about each other and ourselves, shared ideas, tools and resources, and sharpened our campaign strategies. This short video…

Campaigners Toolkit
Featured

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…

Fellowship cohort at Yengo
Fellowship

April 23, 2014

Community Organising Fellowship workshop #2

We’re just back from Workshop #2 of the Community Organising Fellowship where our cohort enjoyed a fantastic line up of guest facilitators and presenters.  On the first day we  dived into two parallel full day sessions, the first on effective organising around an election  led by Mark Wakeham, Acting Executive Director at Environment Victoria who…

tCA old website
Featured

April 21, 2014

Say hello to the Change Agency’s new website!

We’ve revolutionised access to our unique resource collection. The Change Agency team has been creating, collecting and adapting resources for activists and organisers for almost 20 years. Since we created our first website in 2006, it has had almost one million visitors and more than 10,000 downloads each month. Although popular, our ageing site was stacked…

What Makes People Tick
Recommended reading

February 1, 2014

Recommended reading for strategists and communicators

We’ve just secured 40 copies of Chris Rose’s book What Makes People Tick: The three hidden worlds of settlers, prospectors and pioneers. Chris is author of How to Win Campaigns and led an excellent workshop in Melbourne in 2013 with Australian campaigners. Many of us have applied this framework in our strategies. Order now through…

Community Organising Fellowship
Fellowship

February 1, 2014

Community Organising Fellowship launched

The Community Organising Fellowship kicked off in February 2014. We received more than 50 applications for the 25 places in the program and confirmed the first cohort – 25 activists and organisers working around Australia in the coal, gas, climate and renewable energy movements. The first of four residential workshops was held in the amazing…