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07 May 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Review: The Activists’ Handbook

Aidan Ricketts was in town last week to launch his new book The Activists’ Handbook. The launch was hosted by the Wilderness Society at Kindness House and included a presentation by Aidan on the fast growing and impressive movement to stop coal-seam gas. For those of you who missed it, here are some of my […]

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, […]

22 March 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Art and Campaigning

The Art and Campaigning forum went off! The forum was presented by the Melbourne Campaigners’ Network, in collaboration with Arena Project Space, on the evening of Thursday 15 March. The topic sparked interest near and far, so hopefully there will be similar forums popping up in other towns, as well as some interesting spin-offs here […]

20 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

MCN May: Theories of Change

Whether or not you know it, you have the beginnings of a theory of change. All actions which attempt to change society reflect a theory of change of some kind, that is they reflect assumptions about how society works, what change is needed and how change happens. As campaigners our own theory of change develops […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]