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ChangeMakers

The ChangeMakers podcast tells stories about people who are striving for social change across the world. The aim is to help us all become better at making change, in a world that needs progressive change more than ever.

The ChangeMakers collection also includes articles and resources by Amanda Tattersall based on her many years of experience in social change making. Amanda worked in the student and union movements, co-founded GetUp!, founded and ran the Sydney Alliance for nine years, and wrote the ‘go-to’ book on coalition building (Power in Coalition) and hosts the ChangeMakers podcast.

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Front cover of Power in Coalition by Amanda Tattersall.

Five Principles for Building Powerful Coalitions

Not all coalitions are made equal. While alliances between unions and community organizations are an important and useful strategy for social change, their power and success varies greatly depending on the strategic choices of those involved.

A collage of photographs taken with people featured on the ChangeMakers podcast.

Introduction to ChangeMakers Podcast

The ChangeMakers podcast is short series podcast that tells stories about people who are striving for social change across the world. This post introduces the series and includes the catalogue of episodes.

Front cover of Power in Coalition by Amanda Tattersall.

When planning a coalition, think of a RAINBOW

The RAINBOW framework draws on Amanda Tattersall’s extensive research and experience around building coalitions. Successful coalitions are built on strong relationships and clarity of purpose.

ChangeMakers 1.1: Making the Impossible Possible

The story of the Fight for 15 campaign in the US which is radically changing the way low-wage workers fight for better conditions. Then we look at the roots of the radical politics that is sweeping Barcelona – and examine their attempts to “empower the street”.

ChangeMakers 1.2: How To Win

This episode examines Brexit and how the types of coalitions used by each side influenced the outcome of the referendum. Then we go to the Northern Rivers in regional Australia look at how a different kind of alliance against Coal Seam Gas sought to organise across the entire community.

ChangeMakers 1.3: When Women Lead

The first story is about mothers who are standing up to the gun lobby in the USA, and the second is about the women on the frontline of terrorism in Kenya. Sometimes when you need radical change it helps to not know how things are ‘meant to be done’

ChangeMakers 1.4: When Anger Works Part 1

The story of the powerful #FeesMustFall student movement in South Africa. When a growing movement of young people places itself in harms way to stop injustice, it can be powerful and unpredictable.

ChangeMakers 1.5 When Anger Works Part 2

The story of the Lady Cilento Hospital vigil which turned into a national flashpoint that overturned a decade of political consensus on Australia’s refugee policy. Remarkably, when they began the organisers of the vigil didn’t know what they were aiming to achieve.

ChangeMakers 1.6: Protesting in Putin’s Russia

This episode looks at how to organise genuine opposition in a place where the one thing they hate is genuine opposition. How a small protest against destruction of a local park turned into a mass movement that’s sweeping Russia.

ChangeMakers 1.7: Fighting Dirty – Standing Rock

What would you do if someone wanted to bulldoze an oil pipeline through your country, threatening not just your land, but your water and air? And what if the nation backing them had a history of playing dirty? That’s the situation the people in today’s episode found themselves in. The battle over building an oil pipeline in Standing Rock in South Dakota, USA.

ChangeMakers 1.8: The Power of Vision

What does it take to improve the lives of millions of people? The late Fred Hollows knew. He was known across the globe for his groundbreaking work in disrupting the global medical establishment, and his legacy lives on among the doctors he inspired. What does it take to achieve transformation at this kind of scale?

ChangeMakers 1.9: Fighting the Hard Right

In 2016, GetUp, an organisation best known for its online petitions and email campaigns, decided to go offline. They came up a strategy to remove extreme conservative politicians from the Australian parliament. One of the places they went to was the seat of Bass in Northern Tasmania.

ChangeMakers 2.1: Brooklyn Nine Nine

What can we learn when a Hollywood TV show gets into ChangeMaking? Comedy show Brooklyn 99 took on police racism. How did they do it in a way that people didn’t turn off?

Changemakers 2.2: Umbrella Movement

In 2014 Hong Kong hundreds of thousands of citizens staged a mass street occupation demanding the vote. Why did it happen? And what led to tensions building inside the movement overtime?

ChangeMakers 2.3: Indivisible

This is the origin story of the largest anti-Trump organisation in America and how it built a mass based local movement to save affordable healthcare.

ChangeMakers 2.4: Reclaim the City

In Cape Town, apartheid pushed black residents to the edge of the city. Reclaim the city is a movement pushing back, desegregating the city through strategic long term occupations.

ChangeMakers 2.5: Marriage Equality

The road to marriage equality in Australia was filled with dirty tricks and homophobia. How did the LGBTI community build a movement strong enough to overcome it all?

ChangeMakers 2.6: Fair Treatment

What is a church doing running a facility where illegal drugs can be used openly? And why? An exploration of the medically supervised injecting centre based in Kings Cross in Sydney Australia and the community pressure which led to it opening.