September, 2011

28 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Resources for Nonviolent Action

Feeling stuck in your social change work? Need some inspiration from the history of social movements? These three excellent online resources have got what you need. All three are concerned with cataloguing examples of nonviolent action and sharing those to support the work of people struggling for change now. What is meant by ‘nonviolent action’? […]

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22 September 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Facilitation One Day Wonder

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On the 7th September I participated in the One Day Wonder held at Abbotsford Convent. The One Day Wonder is a learning event created by, with and for facilitators and community engagement practitioners, or anyone who organises group meetings. Participants came from a broad range of contexts, with many involved in the Victorian Facilitation Network […]

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20 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Melbourne Festival Highlights

It’s handy when mainstream events include opportunities for social movement learning. Here’s my highlights for this year’s Melbourne Festival. The events vary in cost – you can reduce costs if you gather a group together. Add on a post-event discussion and you’ve got your very own activist education experience! Get in touch if you would […]

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15 September 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Hey Activists, R U OK?

Today is R U OK Day, a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide. The website states: ‘Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those […]

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13 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

RE:Imagining Change

A key focus of the Plan to Win project over the next few years is spreading the use of story-based campaign strategy among Australian social movements. Many social change battles are won or lost at the level of story. The recent hardening of offshore processing shows the persistence of one story about asylum seekers and […]

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08 September 2011 ~ 15 Comments

Limits to Consensus?

Anarchist teapot

The Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair took place in August at the Abbotsford Convent. There were stalls from a range of great groups, kid’s play space, handmade bunnies, and awesome Activist-Maisy colouring books (I may have been preoccupied by the kid-centric stuff as my 2 year old niece was in attendance). I ran a workshop on Decision […]

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06 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Organising to Win

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of training and mentoring around community organising theory and practices. I find this area really energising – I get to see people grasp the sense that they can have collective power, take on leadership and win significant change. In July I ran a workshop at Melbourne’s Green School, hosted […]

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