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Australian Progress

Australian Progress

Australian Progress works to strengthen the capacity of non-profits and other community groups to create systemic change. This means strengthening leadership skills, increasing collaboration, and supporting innovation in advocacy. Australian Progress touches thousands of change-makers and hundreds of organisations each year.

Many of the resources in this collection come from the Progress Network, drawing on the skills and expertise of presenters and alumni from Progress training fellowships.

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Change the Rules to Fight Inequality

Powerful words from Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus at Progress 2017, as she breaks down the fight that lies ahead for all those who believe in fairness and justice.

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Queer is in! Now politics needs to catch up

Micah Scott, CEO of Minus18, presented at Progress 2017 on the disjunct between the increasingly queer and inclusive younger generations and the remaining homophobia, biphobia and transphobia entrenched in Australian society.

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What young people want from Australian democracy

What would society look like if we saw young people’s opinions as a product of their values and experiences and not just of their age? Australian Youth Representative to the UN, Paige Burton, reported back at #Progress2017 on her ongoing consultations with tens of thousands of young people across Australia.

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Being Purpose Driven

Nothing precedes purpose. The starting point for every organisation or movement should be the question ‘Why do we exist’? A number of tips for focusing an organisation on vision and purpose. An excerpt from Purpose Driven Campaigning, based on Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Church.

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Levels of Commitment from Community to Core

Rick Warren focuses on five ‘circles of commitment’ – community, crowd, congregation, committed and core, and argue that it’s important to recognise where your supporters fall in these categories, and develop processes to move them from the outside in. An excerpt from Purpose Driven Campaigning.

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Building 21st Century Movements

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Founder and former Executive Director of SumofUs, at Progress 2015 with a series of movement case studies challenging us to be technological innovators and to bring our social change work to the cutting edge of the current century.

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Co-work Spaces for Non-profits

Are you lonely and need somewhere other than your living room to work on your start up non-profit? Looking to hire staff in another city and need somewhere to put them? The Australian Progress crowd-sourced register of co-work spaces across Australia has your needs covered.

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Freelancer Directory Creatives and Consultants for Social Good

Can’t find a photographer for your event? Want a new designer for a project? Looking to rebrand? Need some rapid-response campaign design work done? The Australian Progress crowd-sourced register of creative industry providers is a great place to start.

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Conference, Retreat and Meeting Venues

Are you looking for venues for conferences, retreats and smaller meetings? Australian Progress knows the challenge well – we all often spend too much time looking for just the right venue. This crowd-source register of venues is here to help.

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Lawyers and Legal Services for not-for-profits

It can be tough to find legal services that are affordable and understand the particular needs of the not-for-profit sector. Australian Progress has put together a database of law firms that specialise in legal services for not-for-profits.

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Films for Social Change

Film can be one of the most powerful mediums for getting ordinary people interested in social change. Australian Progress has put together a crowd-sourced list of films that are about activists, advocates and social movements, or have in of themselves provided impetus for social change.

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Online fundraising platforms

Looking to raise money for your cause, but unsure about which fundraising platform is best for you? Australian Progress has built a crowd sourced register of online fundraising platforms so you can compare features and explore your options.

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Catering Services for Non-Profits

No matter the event – the quality of the food leaves a lasting impression. How do you find the perfect caterer? Australian Progress has compiled a list of Australia-wide catering services that have progressive qualities ideal for fellow non-profits.

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Find Free Images Online

Need a relevant photo for your urgent social media post right now? Or found the perfect one, but don’t know if you can use it? Here’s some great hints, sources and links.

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Campaign Scoping Template

Members of the Sydney Cancer Advocacy Network often suggest ideas for new campaigns. So we came up with a process and template to help decide which campaigns were worth running. The first step is for members to pitch their idea to the group. Members then vote on whether to give the campaign ‘in principle’ support. […]

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How to Get Your Op-Ed Published

Writing opinion pieces for the media is a powerful way of shifting the public conversation. Here are some great tips to get you started.

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Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan

A summary of Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan. He describes eight stages through which social movements normally progress over a period of years and decades. It provides organizers with a map of the long road of successful movements.

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Twitter 101

A short guide to getting started with Twitter. Twitter Best Practice: Short tweets get retweeted more often; Tweet as-it-happens: people love to be in the know and up-to-the-minute tweets win; add a comment to your retweets to give them your own spin, or explain why you’re sharing them.

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