February, 2012

25 February 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Framing and the ALP Leadership

It turns out the positioning, tantrums and hot air of leadership struggles in electoral politics are useful for something – they give us an opportunity to look at frames and story-based strategy. Back in 2007 I wrote an article for the Change Agency’s enews about framing in the federal election campaign, and specifically the contrast […]

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21 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Theatre for a Safe Climate

The next Melbourne Campaigners’ Network looks at Art and Campaigning, and it feels like wherever I look there are interesting examples of the intersection between these two things. The Art and Campaigning forum will largely focus on the visual arts, such as photography, drawing and painting, but obviously there are many other significant mediums. Last […]

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20 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Campaign Updates

The Melbourne Campaigners’ Network gathering in February included updates from nine campaigns. It was a good opportunity to get a sense of what is coming up in the year ahead, and the different approaches campaigners are taking. Small group discussions included questions around tactics, choosing issues, relationships with different stakeholders, engaging faith communities and young […]

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13 February 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Review: Rules for Radicals

Simon Copland reviews Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, the classic text on community organising. This is another review in our series on recommended reading for campaigners, community organisers, and other activists. What books have you learnt from, been challenged by, and found inspiring? What books have informed your activist practices?  Share your recommendations and […]

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06 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

MCN March: Art & Campaigning

MCN March: Art & Campaigning

Art and Campaigning The Melbourne Campaigner’s Network is a monthly gathering for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change. Four great speakers confirmed: Tom Civil, community graphic designer and artist Arlene TextaQueen, Australia’s felt-tip super-heroine Van Thanh Rudd, artist and activist Jessie Boylan, photomedia artist The […]

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