Australian Progress and Commons Library undertake important research about organising models in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Looking for articles, books, case studies, tips about social change and activism? You’ve found the right place – The Commons Social Change Library.
Introduction During the 1980s and 1990s a series of campaigns saw workers fight back against attacks on their wages and conditions, jobs, unions and rights in Australia. Occurring in the context of the 1983-1996 ALP-ACTU Accord, a number of companies increased their union busting efforts. Disputes in the then highly unionised mining industry were common. […]
Brave Enough to say ‘No’: William White and the Fight against Military Conscription during the Vietnam War
Learn about the teacher’s, William White, fight against Military Conscription during the Vietnam War in Australia.
Read about the role that women played in unemployed movements during the Depression Years in Australia in this book excerpt by Janey Stone.
An introduction to developing your Theory of Change and a template based on the works of Marshall Ganz, Harvard Professor.
Find out from this research meta analysis how to increase donations to charities and also find out what doesn’t work.
How do you measure the impact of activism and advocacy work? Here are some ideas, resources and organisational examples to get you started.
Trying to make sense of the 2022 Australian federal election and the resulting political landscape? This collection of articles will give you valuable insights.
Introduction The ‘first 100 days’ comes from when Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd US President, was elected to power and he and his government made a phenomenal amount of change in a very short time including passing 76 pieces of legislation. For more see Why Do We Care About the First 100 Days? (David Roos, […]
Welcome to the Lobbying & Advocacy topic in the Commons Social Change Library. This article guides you through a wide range of materials to inform the public in relation to lobbying, advocacy and policy-making.
Lessons learned from the anti gas campaign in Victoria, Australia from Cam Walker, Campaign Coordinator at Friends of the Earth.
Learn about and understand the ups and downs of social movements from Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan and the Four Roles of Activism.
Walk through the six types of data that not-for-profit organisations most often work with and what you can actually do with that data.
Get things rolling and ensure your not for profit data projects are as successful and sustainable as they can be with this 15 step pathway.
A campaign case study template to get you started in capturing the details of your campaign to capture lessons for others and the future.
This article provides tips and template for writing activist case studies that provide campaigners with opportunities to learn from peers and the past.
Programs that are evaluated give twice: 1st in the impact it has and 2nd in making it possible for you and others to do better next time.
Introduction Emotions play an important role in mobilising people to take action on social and environmental issues. In this study of the anti-coal seam gas movement in regional Australia the authors found that anger about coal seam gas mining mobilised people to take action, but the combination of anger with the joy of connecting with […]
Quick tips and tools to improve your internet searching skills including using filters, truncation, phrase searching and hyphens.
Introduction The 1:1 meeting is a tool to establish, maintain, and grow relationships in organizing. Each 1:1 meeting has four key pieces: Purpose Be up front in establishing why you are meeting in order to make sure you are both on the same page. If you plan to ask the person you’re meeting with to […]