08 May 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Moving The Rock: Shifting Power for Sustained Change

On 7 May Holly Hammond and Sam La Rocca presented a workshop at Progress 2015, featuring Daniel Hunter via a video presentation. The workshop was very well attended (150 plus folks – thanks for coming out!) and the discussion, though brief, was rich. Here’s some background on the ‘moving the rock’ concept. Please share this […]

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02 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Learning from history, committing to solidarity

Karrina Nolan and Amelia Telford facilitated an excellent session for our August MCN. After the usual networking Karrina set the context that needs to be front of mind when working with Indigenous communities: Over 50% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under 35, but are also 25-28 times more likely to be detained in the […]

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11 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Community Organising Basics

Community organising is a term that is being used more and more in Australian social movements – but what does it really mean? Here’s a brief introduction to some of the key principles.  Community organising builds power through gathering people with shared interests to take collective action. This approach recognises that significant social change tends […]

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30 January 2013 ~ 7 Comments

Better Activist Meetings

Do you spend a lot of your life in meetings? Or does it just feel like it?! Meetings are a big part of working collectively but too often… they suck. One of the things that motivated me to become an activist educator and facilitator was frustration with boring and unproductive meetings. Life’s too short and […]

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15 October 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Carpe Sexism! Seizing the Campaign Moment

Wow, everyone is talking about sexism these days, right? It’s suddenly popped on the agenda as if it never existed before, or as though everyone got too numb and sleepy about it, and then along came a big bucket of cold water to wake us up. For those folks who’ve been working consistently on gender […]

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15 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Navigating the changing media

Last Thursday’s Melbourne Campaigners’ Network event focused on the Future of Media – the ways the media is changing, and the impact on campaigns. One of the best aspects of the session was hearing from two sides of the issues: a journalist’s and a campaigner’s perspective. Stephen Drill, Herald Sun journalist, talked about the way journalism […]

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04 July 2012 ~ 1 Comment

More Tips for Turnout

More Tips for Turnout

June’s Melbourne Campaigners’ Network focused on building strong attendance at rallies and other actions. There was participation from a diverse group of campaigners – an even split between workers’ rights, social justice and environmental/animal rights activists. The session kicked off with an activity to share successes, failures and lessons in the area of turn-out. This […]

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21 November 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Tips for New Activists

I had a fun time at the Commonground Festival, enjoying the beautiful environment, lovely music and friendly folks. I also ran a short workshop on ‘Getting Started in Activism’. It was a great discussion and it made me think a lot about what it takes for people to get active, what leads to people dropping […]

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07 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Campaigning on the Interwebs: Part 2

The second Melbourne Campaigner’s Network covered all things online campaigning, with a talk from Oxfam Australia’s Digital Campaigns Coordinator Tim Norton. In my last post I spoke about identifying audiences, aims, objectives and briefly touched on tools. In this post-event article, I wanted to share the slides from my talk, and talk a little bit […]

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31 October 2011 ~ 12 Comments

Facilitation at Occupy Melbourne

It’s hard to believe it’s only been a fortnight since Occupy Melbourne first kicked off. On the 15th October, as part of a global day of action in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Melbourne started at City Square. People gathered, working groups met, workshops were held, information stalls, a library, and a functioning kitchen […]

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