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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 […]

23 January 2012 ~ 9 Comments

Review: Deep Green Resistance

Plan to Win has been asking around for 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? Here Louise Matthiesson reviews Deep Green Resistance – Strategy to save the planet by Lierre Kieth, Aric McBay, and […]

18 January 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Spy vs Activist: Managing Security Risks

Recently it came to light that a minister in the Australian government, Martin Ferguson, has advocated for increased surveillance of anti-coal and other climate activists, and for stronger penalties for actions taken on energy infrastructure, after being approached by energy companies. While the direct link between industry targeted by activists, a government minister, and resulting […]

10 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Reviewing 2011

Phew, 2011 has been a big year! This collection of photos reminded me of some of the huge things that happened around the world, and there’s been so much more. In all the years I’ve spent active on social and environmental issues, hanging out with others with similar commitments, I’ve noticed that we tend to […]

10 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Melbourne Campaigners’ Network: February

Melbourne Campaigners’ Network: February

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. The February session includes: More time for networking! Get to know your friendly Melbourne campaigners. Campaign Plans 2012. A chance for different groups to present their campaign plans for 2012 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

07 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Melbourne Campaigners’ Network: December

Melbourne Campaigners’ Network: December

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. The December session includes: Campaign Review 2011. A look back at the year in campaigning – the wins, the losses, and the lessons for the future. Campaign Case Study: 100% […]

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 […]