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Feb 2021
Issue 22

Commons News

2021 is in full swing and the challenges keep coming! Wishing you well however you are navigating the pandemic, changing border restrictions, climate impacts, economic shifts, energised far-right, the aftermath of elections and the prospect of future ones. Whoa, it's enough to need a holiday. 

Through it all we're glad the Commons can support you with your important work. This year we've already seen a big increase in visitors to the library. Over 3000 on some days, with visitors from all around the world! We're inviting folks in the Commons community to volunteer so together we can make even more impact. Join us or spread the word! 

It was inspiring to see the turn out at Invasion Day rallies around the country. Of course, the struggle continues every day of the year. To keep learning listen to these podcasts and check out the First Nations Resources on the Commons. 

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We're seeking keen volunteers who want to help make activism smarter and stronger! 

As a Commons Library volunteer you’ll deepen your knowledge about social change and develop skills in writing, organising information, assessing and addressing learning needs, promotion, networking and more. 

We're looking for:
* outreach volunteers to connect people with the resources they need to be more effective changing the world
* support volunteers to help out behind-the-scenes to keep the Commons Library functioning well

The Commons volunteer program is flexible to fit around your other commitments and includes regular training sessions.
Find out more and apply by midday Monday 22 February.

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5 Principles to Guide Campaigning in 2021

'In the second year of the global Covid pandemic the political and economic context remains volatile and uncertain, and we’re all pretty exhausted!'
UK campaigner Natasha Adams shares her five principles for how organisations and grassroots collectives can campaign in 2021.

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Tools for online meetings, training & conferences

Check out this handy list of digital tools (beyond Zoom!) to support effective meetings, training and conferences.
Are you finding mixed in person and online meetings tricky? Check out these hybrid meeting tips from Blueprints for Change & the Sierra Club, and Fee Plumley's How to Have Inclusive Meetings.

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Mobilisation Lab

You may have heard that there's been some big changes at MobLab, global campaign innovators. The Commons is proud to host the MobLab collection so these crucial resources have another home online. 
Get started with Key Resources from Mobilisation Lab, covering campaign strategy, digital engagement, team culture, evaluation and more. 

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Learn from experts in Campaigning & Organising

Have you tuned into the Australian Progress webinar series? Hahrie Hahn is speaking this Friday and Alicia Garza on 9 March - register here.
You can view the recordings from last year's webinars on the Commons, including lessons from the US, Northern Territory and Aotearoa New Zealand elections. 

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.
Image credits:
Tree of hands - Geralt / Pixabay
Judge potential not postcode - From Thinking, Doing, Changing blog
Online meetings - Commons Library
MobLab Logo - MobLab
Hahrie Han & Alicia Garza - Australian Progress
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