Community organising is a way of building people power that focuses on building the capacity, skills and leadership of the people involved in making change. This article explains community organising and its history.
Adele Neale, co-director of the Community Organising Fellowship, makes the case for deep listening and learning as part of organising during times of crisis, including the current pandemic.
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.
Engaging with the 46th Parliament is a key part of working in the policy and advocacy sector of Australian not-for-profit organisations. Here’s some key details you should know.
An introduction to Australian Parliamentary Committees and ways advocates can navigate and utilise them. Includes a recording of a seminar presented by a Parliamentary Committee secretary.
Policy writing is a key part of the work of not-for-profit individuals and organisations. Follow these tips to do it well.
A 2020 survey of more than 50 organisations across the progressive movement about technology by the Progressive Tech Network Australia.
This article helps advocates understand and intervene in policymaking more effectively by understanding the two main models of policymaking.
Resources focused on case studies and stories of how communities have organised to secure housing, financial and other support for the unwaged and those on low incomes.
Jim Munro gives an account of how the Unemployed Workers Movement started and actions taken in the 1920s in Melbourne, Australia.
A talk about how the squatting of empty houses and military camps forced governments in Australia to provide emergency shelter in the 1940s.
Unemployed workers during the Great Depression, the repression they faced, and the protests and tactics they used to fight for their rights.
Use this diagram from Mobilisation Lab to chart the causes of the problem that your campaign aims to address and how that problem affects people differently. This tool helps identify the “root cause” to tackle in a campaign or even in a set of campaigns.
Do you want to double the engagement and productivity of your next online meeting? Here is a visual guide with practical & easy to use tips.
Through research you can get to know your issues in depth, find out where people stand on those issues, and make a strong evidence-based case for change. Use these Australian publicly available data sources to strengthen and inform your research.
Useful guides from CIVICUS to learn how to gather information and data for a campaign using surveys, focus groups and interviews.
Tired of making new slide decks for interactive tools? Want new ideas on participatory methods online? Looking for new games and warm-ups? The “Online Monster Manual” is a compilation of 80+ online training tools from 350 globally.
Facilitate the inclusion of individuals and groups in the design of policies via participatory means to achieve accountability and transparency.
Research plays a crucial role in social change projects. Here’s a collection of useful guides to research from Skills You Need, including how to design research projects, gather data and analyse data.
Need to keep the data safe for your research project? Here is a useful data security protocol from the Datacenter for Research Justice.