A practical guide to help groups and individuals understand legal issues around organising and participating in non-violent direct actions in the Australian Capital Territory.
Looking for articles, books, case studies, tips about social change and activism? You’ve found the right place – The Commons Social Change Library.
Tips for personal and collective wellbeing and resilience during Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. Insights from a survey by Commons Librarians.
University of Sydney students uncover and protest discrimination of Aboriginal people in New South Wales, 1965
Torres Strait Islander soldiers strike to end discrimination in the army during World War Two.
The S11 Alliance protested againsts the World Economic Forum in Melbourne in September 2000. Their blockades were met by police violence.
A timeline of events related to the Australian campaign for marriage equality along with reflection and analysis related to Australian, Irish and US campaigns.
Inspiring quotes from Marshall Ganz, an expert in leadership, organizing and narrative/story. He is a lecturer at Harvard University.
Review of the booklet We Will Not Cancel Us – And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice by adrienne maree brown. Discusses transformative justice approaches as an alternative accountability measure to ‘canceling’ individual harm-doers.
This article introduces some of the key concepts of transformative justice and provides links to a wide array of resources. Transformative justice describes a systems approach to identifying root causes of conflict and responding to these as a community.
The six-page PDF includes instructions, worksheet, and an example to get you started mapping the movies, shows, books and entertainment your audiences consume, and how to match stories with the kinds of actions you want your audience to take.
Re:Imagining Change: How to use story-based strategy to win campaigns, build movements, and change the world
Tools, pragmatic lessons and case studies on harnessing the power of narrative, culture, and imagination to help our movements win.
An accessible guide to story based strategy in movement building by the Center for Story Based Strategy.
The environmental movement requires new organizational structures and strategies to succeed in this next phase of its evolution. This paper presents a model called “Movement as Network.” This model may have relevance to other social movements and networks, but the focus of this paper is using it to think about new ways of restructuring the environmental movement so it can be more powerful and more effective.
Looking for tips about how to build an alliance? Here is a clear guide about the nuts and bolts of building alliances.
The Noonkanbah dispute was an important chapter in both the struggle for Australian Aboriginal rights and union solidarity in the 1970s-80s.
A selection of tools and techniques – both formal and informal – for facilitating meetings, workshops and events by Rhizome.
Introduction An in-depth guide by Seeds for Change about facilitating meetings and how to make them more effective, inclusive and enjoyable. Meetings have the potential to be inspiring! They provide a space where people come together for a common purpose – whether that’s making decisions, exploring a shared problem or providing mutual support. Ideally, everyone […]
Daniel Hunter outlines the key elements of campaigns: a strategic time-tested model for effective social change work.
How do you name an advocacy campaign? Here is a guide, tips, and thoughts to help you with the process of naming a campaign.
This manual will help workers to identify clear campaign goals and objectives, develop strategies and tactics, and create unifying public messages and timelines for campaigns.
What are the key elements of a grassroots campaign? Tips and tricks learnt from working with grassroots activists.