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Jul 2021
Issue 27

Commons News

Greetings from the Commons Librarians, currently locked down in wintery Melbourne! 

Sending solidarity to everybody, wherever you are, who is navigating the impacts of Covid-19. This crisis requires collective responses (which we have many resources to support) but for personal sustenance you might appreciate a 2020 gift from a Commons supporter: Mindfulness During the Pandemic including a guided meditation. 

A big warm thank you to everyone who contributed to our end-of-financial-year appeal. Together we're making activism smarter and stronger! Your support will keep the Commons volunteer program going strong - our first two featured resources were put together by volunteers Georgia and Ailish, and there's much more to come. 

Still keen to make a donation? Thanks so much, from the whole Commons team :-)

First Nations Resources

NAIDOC Week has wrapped up for another year but the struggle to Heal Country goes on. Skill up with the new guide to First Nations Resources on the Commons Library. Featuring campaign case studies; First Nations perspectives on a range of issues; tools and training guides to support First Nations campaigns; and tips for non-Indigenous allies seeking to act in solidarity.

Working in Groups

Social change can’t be won by isolated individuals, it requires us to do the rewarding but sometimes messy work of collaborating with others. Working in Groups: Start Here guides you through resources on group dynamics; communication and conflict; meeting facilitation; building strong teams; coordinating volunteers; maintaining morale; and more.

Psychology of Change

Watch the Psychology of Change: Evidence-Based Strategies to Create Social Change video series from the Social Change Lab at the University of Queensland. Series 1 explores how to convince and empower people to act. Series 2 and 3, coming out later, will be about collective action, protests, violence, and peace.

Tips & Tools for Building Strategic Campaigns


There are many tools for campaign strategy development in the Commons Library.

Campaigning for Social Change: Beyond just protesting for it! is an excellent introduction to campaigns by Daniel Hunter.

The Campaign Strategy Planning Template leads you through many of the things to consider in order to craft a strategy to share with others. 

Dig deeper with Systems Thinking for Campaigning and Organizing from Blueprints for Change. 

To get clearer on a problem and the causes of it try the Problem Diagram tool from Mobilisation Lab.

Gene Sharp's 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action gives you lots of interesting tactics to choose from. 

Remember to take care of yourself and each other while you campaign! See 10 Great Resources on Activist Wellbeing

That's just the tip of the iceberg! Browse hundreds more resources in the Commons Library
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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Working in groups - Marvin Meyer / Unsplash
Psychology of Change - Social Change Lab, Uni of QLD
Arrow - Stephan Henning / Unspalsh
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