The Commons provides customised services to organisations and networks engaged in social change activities. This includes collating resource kits, developing curriculum, designing and cataloguing resource libraries, hosting collections, writing case studies, researching issues and more.
Read about some of our projects below. Do you have a project you would like to work with us on? Let us know your ideas!
Movement Monitor: Measuring the Impact of the Australian Climate Movement
The project is run by researchers at the Commons Library with input from academics, international movement experts, and many stakeholders in the Australian climate movement.
Making Advocacy Accessible Project
A new collection was created with Easy Read publications, guides to improving accessibility, and stories of campaigns led by people with disability.
Thanks to State Trustees Victoria for funding this project.
Commons Conversations: Insights into Activism Podcast
The program is broadcast by Community Radio 3CR in Australia and produced by the Commons Social Change Library.
Mapping Community Organising Models
This research project explored different organising models being utilised in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
The project included a survey of organisations that use organising as part of their advocacy. The results are available to the public on the Commons.
The project was a collaboration between the Commons Library and Australian Progress.
Leading Change Network Resource Center
In 2021 the Leading Change Network LCN needed a professional platform for community organisers to find resources. Impressed with the way the Commons was set up LCN engaged the Commons to design and develop a Resource Center. The new Resource Center was launched in 2022 and the Commons librarians continue to provide ongoing support to the team at LCN.
Australian Trade Union Institute Library
With many diverse resources in many different places ATUI recognised the need to provide a simple, easy to use platform for their members to access resources. In 2023 ATUI engaged the Commons to set up a library with a similar structure to the Commons.
As part of this work the Commons also helped set up the Australian Workers Film Guide to be a searchable database.
Holly and the team bring valuable experience in collecting, collating, and disseminating practice wisdom to the project that will make it all the more useful for the progressive sector.
Community Organising Director, Australian Progress
Executive Director, Leading Change Network
Providing a Platform for Organisations & Networks
New resource collections recently added include:
Community Organising Fellowship
Physician Advocacy Resource
Holly and Antje have been instrumental partners as we sought to develop a place in which activists, organizers, bridgebuilders, and peacebuilders from around the world can find tools and resources in their work to push back against democratic backsliding.
Tabatha Pilgrim Thompson & Bayingana Simon
Democracy Resource Hub
Director, Community Organising Fellowship