Update: You can now access presentations and articles on the Commons from FWD+Organise 2019 – see this overview or navigate via the tag.

Australian Progress hosted the FWD+Organise 2019 conference in Sydney, 5-6 December 2019. The conference was attended by 300 of Australia’s leading grassroots, industrial and community organisers as well as digital advocates, campaigners and activists from organisations representing all sectors. The conference featured 70 speakers running more than 30 sessions.

Find out more about the program and speakers. Many thanks to Australian Progress for convening such a valuable gathering.

The conference took place against the eery backdrop of record air pollution from bush fires, bringing the climate crisis front of mind. Decolonisation was also strongly on the agenda with powerful First Nations presenters and case studies.

Commons Librarians Antje Dun and Iain McIntyre were in attendance, on the look out for new resources to add to the library. Collection contributor Joel Dignam also attended to report take-away lessons from the conference. The Commons tweeted during the two days – check out #fwdorg and @ChangeCommons for highlights and resource recommendations.

Coming soon

We have articles in the pipeline on the following topics:

  • Creating a values-led organisation: Insights from Action Station (Aotearoa NZ)
  • Case studies of powerful union organising (USA)
  • The Momentum organising cycle
  • Sustainable online fundraising
  • Five big trends in video
  • Community mapping
  • Making effective video on your smart phone
  • Tackling the trolls: Cultivating a more caring social media dialogue
  • How to run a webinar for thousands
  • Barnstorming in the Australian context
  • Organising in regional communities
  • Creating a brand identity canvas
  • Facebook lead generation

Thanks to the presenters and writers we’ve already connected with. We’re looking for more!

Contribute articles

The Commons Social Change Library is seeking contributions of articles, slides, videos, and speaking notes from presenters at FWD+Organise for inclusion on the library website. We can work with you to present them in an accessible way so social movements and not-for-profit organisations can benefit from them on an ongoing basis.

Did you attend and take really comprehensive notes? We’d love to connect with you! You may wish to write articles yourself or your notes might help us pull together great summaries of sessions.

If you would like to contribute or have any questions contact the Librarians.

In the meantime…

The Commons is already full of resources relevant to the themes of FWD+Organise. To start with check out: