Social Movement History

19 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

3 Campaign Stories

Melbourne Campaigners’ Network held a ‘Campaign QandA’ last week with a panel of folks from different movements. We heard from: Shaun Murray from Quit Coal. Quit Coal is a rapidly growing community group which campaigns against the expansion of the coal industry in Victoria. Quit Coal uses a range of tactics to let the broader […]

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12 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Insights from the Sydney Alliance


What does it take to build a civil society coalition with the power to shift a city? I recently spoke with Amanda Tattersall, Founder and Coalition Director of the Sydney Alliance. Amanda shared the story of the Alliance’s evolution and the inspiring work of building community organising in an Australian context. ——————————————– Firstly Amanda, how […]

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20 October 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Reflections on Occupy Melbourne

It’s a little over one year since Occupy Melbourne kicked off in City Square, one year since the dramatic and traumatic eviction by police acting on behalf of the City of Melbourne. It’s timely to look back on the phenomenon that was Occupy Melbourne. The Occupy Reflects Journal is a recently released collection of articles […]

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16 April 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Frameworks for Winning Change

Lately I’ve been thinking about frameworks for social change, and I’ve been intending to write about them here for some time. As always, it pays to start with research – and I see the good folks from Training for Change have already put together information on three models, by Martin Luther King, Jr, George Lakey, […]

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08 March 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Art and Campaigning – in NZ

Last week I travelled to Aotearoa  at the invitation of the Kotare Trust, to facilitate a two day welfare justice workshop. While I was there I heard about the recent ‘Political Poster Art in Aotearoa’ exhibition – a great fit with the upcoming Art and Campaigning forum co-presented by Melbourne Campaigners’ Network and Arena Project […]

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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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30 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Review: Ideas for Action

Here’s another review in our series on recommended reading for campaigners, community organisers, and other activists. What books have you learnt from, been challenged by, found inspiring – and what would you recommend to others? Anne O’Brien reviews Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change by Cynthia Kaufman. Anne suggests this book for activist […]

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07 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

100% Useful Campaign Lessons

The December Melbourne Campaigners Network gathered around 18 folks for reflection on 2011 and to consider the 100% Renewables campaign case study. The presenter, Andrew Bray, shares his slides and take home messages here. Thanks Andrew! 100% Renewables is a community organising campaign that works with community groups around the country to see Australia completely […]

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16 November 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Songs and Stories

My friend Anne O’Brien is involved in putting on Songs of Meaning and Power in Sydney, 25 – 27 November. The weekend includes a number of workshops and song sharing circles to connect people with each other and their motivations for activism. This coming weekend I’ll be going along to the Commonground Festival in Victoria […]

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14 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

#Occupy 101

Have you been struggling to keep up with the momentum of the Occupy movement? What started as an isolated event on Wall Street in New York City has grown in scale and imagination, with ripples around the world. Guest blogger Marco Cuevas-Hewitt has been following the phenomenom closely on his beautiful and informative tumblr blog […]

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