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July 2019
Issue 2

Commons News

Well done to Australian Progress for the Progress 2019 conference held 20-21 June!

As always it was a rich two days full of big ideas, great skills exchange and so much networking. Commons crew Holly Hammond, Antje Dun and Iain McIntyre were in attendance as well as two special guest reporters Naomi Blackburn and Joel Dignam. Thanks to Naomi and Joel for helping gather some new content from Progress 2019 which you can now find on the Commons.

One of the emerging themes at Progress was the importance of disability inclusion - here's some tips on How to make your social justice event accessible.

Holly is away this month convening the International Gathering of Activist Educators in Catalunya. Stay tuned for new resources from around the world!

We celebrate NAIDOC Week, 7-14 July.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want their voice to be heard. Learn about this year's NAIDOC theme and join events around the country.

Visit the First Nations Resources on the Commons.

Top 3 Messaging Tips from Anat Shenker-Osorio at Progress 2019

Joel Dignam attended Progress 2019, Australia’s largest social change conference, and heard from keynote speaker, Anat Shenker-Osorio, a communication expert, author and researcher from the US. Here is Joel's take on Anat's top 3 messaging tips.

How to do video content faster, lighter and without a big budget

Learn from Digital Storytellers on how to tell and film great stories with your smartphone video.

Includes videos (of course!) as well as slides from their presentation at Progress 2019.

Up Your Digital Game

Here are three great resources on how to up your digital game from a recent workshop at Progress.

Rebels & Reformers Unite!

Holly Hammond, Commons Library Director, wears another hat as an activist educator with Plan to Win. She presented a workshop at Progress 2019 along with Sally Rugg exploring different roles in social movements.

Read Exploring Roles in Social Movements and the related Four Roles of Social Activism. You can also pre-order Sally Rugg's book How Powerful We Are which tells the story of Australia's campaign for marriage equality.

Feature Collection: Blueprints for Change

New collection! 13 great resources on topics such as distributed organising, email testing, WhatsApp uses for campaigning, volunteer-led phone banking, digital security basics, texting campaigns & more. 

Blueprints for Change is an open library of advocacy how-to’s put together by campaign innovators in order to help progressive organisers and groups up their game more quickly.
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