Last year you asked for more depth and detail, so this year we’re trialling something new. We’re pleased to announce the FWD + Organise masterclasses, multi-part sessions integrated into the program at no extra cost. Dip in and out based on your experience, or choose a full series for a deep-dive into your area of interest.

Digital tools masterclass series

Part 1: Graphic Design 101 with Canva

Join Poppie Pack, senior designer at Canva, for part 1 of the digital tools masterclass. Expect to come away with a solid understand of good design and how it can set you and your content apart. It’s a practical class and you’ll need a canva account – set one up here!

Day 1 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Part 2: Winning with Facebook

A hands-on session that delves into the ever-elusive Facebook algorithm, offers tips to make your money go further and explores strategies to help you have more persuasive online conversations.

Day 1 | 3:45pm – 5:00pm

Part 3: How to win with NationBuilder

Join a NationBuilder insider in part 3 of the digital tools masterclass to discover practical ways to optimise the platform for your own purposes.

Day 2 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm


Comms close-up series

Part 1: Unlikely messengers

You’ve tested your message, but what about your messenger? Let’s be honest: your org and its staff might not be the most effective spokespeople on your issue. This panel explores how to find and support other messengers (especially unlikely ones) to be the public face of a campaign. Learn from case studies about powerful messengers including farmers, Christian communities and Muslims for marriage equality.

Day 1 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Part 2: Tools of persuasion 

Is it worth engaging with the trolls? A practical look at the tools available to help you and your community to conduct more persuasive online conversations.

Day 2 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm


Relationships series

Part 1: Circles of commitment and how to make them work for you

Building power means a growing base of supporters that takes on leadership – to bring in more members, to train and develop them, to co-design your strategy and deliver tactics. Hear how smart organisations are adapting the “circles of commitment” framework to empower and track their supporters.

Day 1 | 12:10pm – 1:10pm

Part 2: The latest strategies for decentralised organising

By embracing horizontal organising that hands more power and agency to supporters, Australia’s progressive movement have built some of the world’s largest directed network campaigns in recent times. Find out what’s worked, what’s not and where to next for decentralised organising models.

Day 2 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm


Video deep dive series

Part 1: How to make a video in 1.5hrs

Join Tom Maclachlan, one of Australia’s top film makers for cause-based campaigns, in part 1 of the video deep-dive. Tom will walk you through how to craft a top-notch, impactful video using limited in-house tools and resources.

Day 2 | 11:00am – 12:30pm

Part 2: Decoding viral videos (and images)

The video deep-dive continues with Tom Maclachlan, one of Australia’s top film makers for cause-based campaigns. Part 2 will cover help you decode viral videos and images, and includes a special guest case study.

Day 2 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm