Workshop Reports

09 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Campaigners’ Working Rights

Do progressive organisations have a responsibility to live their values in their workplaces? Can campaigning organisations demand progressive change without demonstrating that we adhere to its basic values – treating people with dignity, people having the right to be involved in decisions that affect them, acting together in our collective interests? Clare Ozich from Australian […]

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14 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Circles of Commitment

The October Melbourne Campaigners Network session focused on Stepping People Up: Pathways for strong campaigns. Naomi Blackburn, MCN co-convenor and Director of Power in Numbers, facilitated a well attended, thought provoking session. There was plenty of ‘juice’ in this topic so we’ll be considering sessions for 2015 that can further build on this one. A […]

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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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17 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Strategy & Soul Insights

Learning from Daniel Hunter Anita Tang, Manager of the Policy & Advocacy Team at the Cancer Council NSW, reflects on meeting Daniel Hunter at the recent Sydney Campaigners’ Network event. She shares insights from his work which can contribute to strategic and soulful campaigning.  I read Strategy & Soul in 2013 and have been recommending it to everyone […]

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24 July 2013 ~ 11 Comments

Training to Shift Power

This June I had an amazing opportunity to be part of building the power and momentum of the global climate movement. I spent a fortnight in Istanbul working on’s Global Power Shift which gathered 500 climate activists from over 130 countries. The fortnight really translated into months of preparation and a few weeks of recovery! It’s […]

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11 June 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Celebration is an Activist Skill

Last month’s Melbourne Campaigners’ Network was held on a grim rainy night but it was totally heartwarming! We shared stories of success – big or small, recent or distant. Activists are often so focused on problems. We’re used to battle and struggle. Unfortunately many of us have experienced defeat. Even when we do win it […]

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21 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

What makes NVDA effective?

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news – Woodside has pulled out of the proposed gas hub development at Walmadan (James Price Point in the Kimberley). The development may still be on the table in some shape or form, but for now this is an important victory for the No Gas campaign. As Nicola […]

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07 March 2013 ~ 2 Comments

US Election Take-Aways

Learning from US election campaigning is like eating a meal in a US diner – you have to pick out the good bits from the parts you just can’t stomach. So, yes to effective field organising and no to a political system corrupted by colossal amounts of money. Yes to message discipline but a maybe […]

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06 December 2012 ~ 0 Comments


FWD2012 was two days full of inspiration, information, and smart conversation. It also included one very hot Melbourne day which led to a crucial initiative I hope many other conferences imitate – icy-poles! It’s hard to believe that Australia has only just got around to having a digital campaigners’ conference. Thanks to Oxfam and the Centre […]

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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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