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Jul 2020
Issue 16

Commons News

Last week the Commons team attended Virtual Progress 2020, participating in sessions and sharing resources. Thanks to the organisers, presenters and participants who made it such a great experience! It has been one of the silver linings of the pandemic to realise that events can actually be more inclusive and accessible when held online. See the box below for some resources relevant to sessions at the conference.

The Let's Reset: ideas for a just future workshop at Virtual Progress was full of big thinking beyond the pandemic. Save the date for a similar session: 8pm, Wednesday 5 August. Stay tuned for more details.

The Commons team is planning our next year of projects and activities. We can work with you too! Services for organisations include resource collections, bookclub and study group programs, event support, issues research, archiving advice, case study write-ups and more. Reply to this email or contact Holly Hammond to discuss options.

Virtual Progress 2020

Stay tuned for updates from Australian Progress about session recordings. In the meantime here's relevant resources on the Commons:

Justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was front and centre at the conference. Check out First Nations Resources including excellent contributions from Original Power.

Disability justice was also central - the Commons librarians crowdsourced these handy links.

Marshall Ganz was a hit! For an accessible introduction to his approach check out the Organizing: People, Power, Change manual and these three reflections from Joel Dignam.

Values-based communication was a theme at the conference. Check out podcasts, videos and reports from Anat Shenker-Osorio, Common Cause guides and How to Frame Issues.

If you presented at Virtual Progress 2020 and would like to add your materials to the library please contact us! We also welcome articles which focus on lessons, insights, frameworks and skills.

Loop cycle showing connections between Level of Poverty, unemployment and literacy rate

Systems Thinking

The growing focus on big systemic change is exciting and challenging! Blueprints for Change have two new manuals to help you analyse systems, work with complexity, make strategic interventions and drive systemic change:

Protestors at Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia, US. Man holding up sign that says Black Lives Matter with statue in the background

Black Lives Matter

Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody actions are happening this weekend. Revisit the Australian Black Lives Matter rallies held in early June with these videos, podcasts and articles.

The Commons Black Lives Matter tag has US and Australian content covering practical how-tos, tactical insights, theoretical reflections, deeper background reading and an interview with the founders of the movement.

Kevin Buzzacott standing in front of a painted board with the Jabiluka protest sign

Learning from the past

Want to know how people have campaigned for racial justice and self-determination in Australia?

Reset Reading Group


See the whole Reset collection including: This Thursday 5pm AEST join the Building Relationships & Power for Transformation training session presented as part of the Organising in a Pandemic series.
The Commons pays respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we operate and wherever this site is accessed. We recognise the central importance of struggles for Indigenous self-determination and justice within the broad project of creating a progressive future.
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Loop Cycle - Systems Mapping Tools for Campaign Design
Black Lives Matter - Chris Henry on Unsplash
Kevin Buzzacott - Kevin Buzzacott/Iain McIntyre
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