So, what is Community Organising?

So, what is Community Organising?

This week ChangeMakers is launching the second season of our weekly organising broadcast – ChangeMakers Organising School. We thought this would be as good a time as any to step back and consider – what is this thing called organising? Before 1990 no one in Australia used the term organising. The word first emerged in the union movement in the mid-1990s when the ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions) Organising Works program started to talk about organising as a way…

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Hong Kongers in Crisis

Hong Kongers in Crisis

Every week the news coming out of Hong Kong is a little more alarming. It’s never quite as evocative as ‘tanks running through Tiananmen Square’. But every time, it represents another form of crackdown. On Saturday six Hong Kong democracy campaigners living overseas were issued arrest warrants. One of those was an American citizen called Samuel Chu. Samuel Chu. For some of you that name might be familiar. Last year ChangeMakers made a couple of episodes about Hong Kong produced…

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Five Strategies for People Power

Five Strategies for People Power

A few years ago, I decided to do some deep, sustained research that looked at the question of how we involve people in the process of making change. This week my colleague Kurt Iveson and I submitted our first journal article about our findings. Knowing that many of you aren’t likely to get your hands on the somewhat aloof International Journal of Housing Policy I thought I might pass on what we found. The article is on urban social movements….

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Police and protests – is something changing?

Police and protests – is something changing?

For the last 10 days in Portland Oregon, Federal law enforcement have been arresting protesters. After over 50 days of sustained #BlackLivesMatter protest, the Federal Attorney General called in law enforcements over the top of state authorities under the guise of protecting property and restoring order. Federal officials have used less-lethal munitions like tear gas and also conducted arrests, firstly at protest sites and more recently tracking down protesters at their homes and as they walked the streets. The move…

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Mental Health, Insight and the Corona Moment

Mental Health, Insight and the Corona Moment

This week a second CoronaVirus lockdown began in Melbourne, Australia, joining many global cities still in lockdown. It sparked greater focus on the mental health crises that are rising alongside the disease. To date, the standard response to mental health crises is more doctors, more clinicians. That may be needed for helping people in acute need, but is it sufficient for creating healthier minds long term? The greatest tool for living well with a mental illness is insight. Being able…

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We need to talk about the Tech

We need to talk about the Tech

Intense pressure can cause radical transformation, like how coal can turn into a diamond. But it can also cause things to crack and break. Welcome to technology in 2020. Last weekend in Tulsa, the twitterer in residence was hoist with his own petard. The campaign that claimed to rule social media found itself pranked by hundreds of thousands of young activists. K-pop fans combined with other Tiktoc users to stage a mass intervention into the ticket sales at the President’s…

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#29 Bushfires Part 2 – Renegade Aid in Batemans Bay

#29 Bushfires Part 2 – Renegade Aid in Batemans Bay

ChangeMakers Podcast · #29 Bushfires Part 2 – Renegade Aid in Batemans Bay   In all of Australia, Batemans Bay and the South Coast was one of the worst affected. With devastation everywhere, formal government services and charities weren’t able to cope. This is the story of the little known community initiative that saw the breach and stepped in to fill the gap. Listen by clicking play above, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne, Spotify or Stitcher – or on most other podcast…

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#28 Bushfires Part 1 – Black Ops Mosquitos

#28 Bushfires Part 1 – Black Ops Mosquitos

ChangeMakers Podcast · #28 Bushfires Part 1 – Black Ops Mosquitos In the summer of 2019, Australia had the worst bushfires on record. Everyone knows the story of the official fires services. This is the story of the not-so-official fire fighting squad. Listen by clicking play above, or listen via an app on Apple, PodcastOne, Spotify or Stitcher – or on most other podcast apps by searching “ChangeMakers.” Or use our RSS feed. Join our weekly email list to hear our latest musings, podcasts and training….

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Articles about the 2019 Hong Kong Protests by our Host

Articles about the 2019 Hong Kong Protests by our Host

In the second half of 2019, our Host Amanda Tattersall was commissioned by the Conversation to write a series of pieces about the Hong Kong Protests and its developing strategy. The links to these are here:   The Hong Kong protesters have turned militant and more strategic – and this unnerves Beijing – 2 August 2019 – HERE The past few weeks has seen a drastic escalation in violence on the streets of Hong Kong. On Tuesday night, a police officer aimed…

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Organised Money – ChangeMakers Panel

Organised Money – ChangeMakers Panel

  ChangeMakers Podcast · Organised Money – ChangeMakers Panel One of the hardest things to do when making change is raising money to support your work. Today we host a panel to discuss the art of organising money with Colleen Loper from Way to Win (US) and Stefan Baskerville from New Economics Foundation (UK). We discuss the different ways you can raise money and the pros and cons of these strategies. We explore why it is so hard to raise…

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