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Author of 'Rules for Revolutionaries'
Becky Bond is the co-author of “Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.” She served as a senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and was an architect of the campaign’s national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. After the 2016 presidential cycle, Becky founded the Big Organizing Project and is a pioneer in the use of distributed organising to win advocacy and electoral campaigns.
Director of Story & Strategy, ActionStation
Marianne is the Director of Story and Strategy at ActionStation in New Zealand. As a human rights lawyer, Marianne has worked for the UN in Afghanistan, and with non-governmental organisations in the Gaza Strip and Timor Leste. Marianne is dedicated to the causes of human rights and global disarmament and peace, with considerable experience in building online communities, social entrepreneurship and storytelling. She has also worked for the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and Oxfam, has contracted to various UN agencies and social research agencies and is co-owner of two Living Wage restaurants.
Digital Campaign Manager, NZ Human Rights Commission
Ryan is the digital campaign manager at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission where he works on their Give Nothing To Racism and Never Again campaigns and leads the Commission’s digital communication. Prior to the Human Rights Commission, he worked as a campaign director for ActionStation in its first two years. He’s also been a co-founder of Campaign Bootcamp in New Zealand and has consulted for a range of NGOs on campaign strategy, front-end web development, video production and branding.
Clinton's Walk for Justice
Clinton is a 27 year old Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and a Yulparitja man who recently completed his 5,580km 'Walk For Justice' from Perth to Canberra. Clinton's Walk For Justice began as a way to find the truth about what was really going on for Aboriginal people in remote communities, and to protest forced closures in Western Australia, including Mulan the community Clinton lived in as a child. Over nearly 12 months Clinton walked, backed by a support crew and online admin team, and he listened and shared what he learned. The more he walked, the more he talked to people the wiser he became, and support for his cause continued to grow. By the time the walk was complete, hundreds of individual people had contributed to keeping the team going; through in-kind donations or via crowd-funding. Hundreds of events, welcomes, meals, meetings, lodgings and media opportunities had been organised - and all by volunteers! Clinton's Walk For Justice made history in Canberra, not just by completing this epic walk, but also politically. The next steps for Clinton's Walk For Justice will be discussed at a meeting with Aboriginal Elders set to be held at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on November 4, 2017.
Organising Director, GetUp
Kajute is the Organising Director at GetUp, leading on the recent Federal election organising work that saw more than 213,000 volunteers calls made and helped unseat some of the most conservative right wing MPs in Parliament. Kajute has led 7 election efforts in the last 7 years. He is now leading on setting up a new organising model with the GetUp movement where the objective is scale, impact and lasting change.
Advocacy advisor and campaign coach, Anita Tang Pty Ltd
Anita Tang is an independent advocacy advisor and campaign coach, and one of Australia’s most respected public health campaigners. Until recently, she spent 12 years at Cancer Council NSW as Manager, Policy & Advocacy and Director of Health Strategies. She has played a leading role in securing federal and state government support around tobacco control, cancer screening, and support for cancer survivors. Previously she worked with the Community Services Commission of NSW. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Masters in Administrative Law and Policy, both from the University of Sydney. She was awarded a Fellowship for the Stanford University Executive Program for Non-profit leaders, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School program on Leading Organizing and Action.
National Field Director, The Equality Campaign
Patrick is the National Field Director for the Equality Campaign and has 13 years of political and advocacy campaign experience in Australia and the United States. Prior to this role he was the Field Director for the Recognise campaign and NSW Labor during the 2013 Federal Election. Patrick spent four years living in the U.S. working on various campaigns including the 2012 Obama campaign as a Regional Field Director. He also worked for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and was an organiser for the successful Minnesotans United marriage equality referendum.
Development and Communications Manager, National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
Verity has a long career in working with large not-for-profits to grow their fundraising programs, including five years as Donor Development Program Manager at Amnesty International Australia. She is passionate about Indigenous rights and recently made the move to NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy), a small Aboriginal youth organisation. Her role as Development and Communications Manager means that she has the daunting yet exciting challenge of growing sustainable fundraising from the ground up. In a fundraising environment dominated by need driven propositions, she is determined to create positive promotions of Aboriginal communities that inspire audiences to support.
Founder and National Director, Democracy in Colour
Tim is the Founder & National Director of Democracy in Colour. He also works at United Voice as a senior organiser. Previously, Tim was the Head of Campaigns at Oaktree, has been an adviser to two Senators, directed national campaigns for an advocacy organisation in India, co-founded an international spoken word poetry platform, led communications for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the AYCC.
National co-director, SEED
Larissa is a young woman from the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation and is the National Co-Director for Seed. Larissa leads Seed's campaigns and strategy nationally ensuring that Seed works in partnership with frontline Indigenous communities and supports young people to be empowered and create change in their communities. Prior to moving to Seed, Larissa was the Queensland Campaigner for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition working across on the Reef and Galilee campaign. Larissa is passionate about a range of social justice issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and believes in seeking change through self-determination and grassroots leadership. Larissa comes from a family with a strong history of standing up for Aboriginal rights and has worked for many Indigenous organisations, programs and community driven initiatives across the country including the Stronger Smarter Institute, Oxfam and the Ngayundi Aboriginal Health Council.
Tom is one of Australia's top filmmakers for cause-based campaigns, having created video content for clients like Amnesty International, The Climate Council, GetUp! and Greenpeace. Tom runs GoodChat TV, a production agency that specialises in purpose driven video content.
Head of Campaigns, Save the Children
Tim manages Save the Children's advocacy campaigns and public engagement activities. He has extensive experience in building social movements around political moments and human rights issues, and co-ordinates Save the Children's engagement with its supporters and advocacy partners. Prior to joining Save the Children, Tim worked as a Digital Campaigner for Oxfam Australia and a Press Secretary for Senator Rachel Siewert. Tim also manages Save the Children's youth advocacy program, which supports passionate young people to take part in political, social and international diplomacy and lobbying. He and his team work to ensure that children's right are a core part of Save the Children's public-facing campaigns. He is the current Chair of Digital Rights Watch.
2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations
Paige is the 2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations. Paige previously served as the National Education Director and Chair of the Board for United Nations Youth Australia. Paige helped develop the UN Youth Australia’s national curriculum, founded the first national advocacy-oriented public speaking competition (Voice), and facilitated educational tours of Timor L'este, and the Middle East for high school students.Paige has been working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with a focus on youth, LGBTI, and disability issues at the UN General Assembly. Until 2016, Paige was the Events & Operations Manager at the Centre for Australian Progress, a non-profit organisation committed to building the advocacy capacity of Australian civil society. In 2015, and 2016, Paige was recognised for her work by Pro Bono Australia as the youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award. In 2017, Paige was named as a finalist for New South Wales Young Woman of the Year.
Managing Director, Agency Ventures
Tom is an expert in digital technology and online communications, especially in the area of youth – he directed UN Youth communications in Australia for several years. He’s a vegetarian who loves tending to his courtyard garden to shake off hours spent swimming in code. Tom’s a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and reckons digital media can give us all the knowledge and all the access we need to change the world for the better.
Executive Director, Fair Agenda
Renee is a campaigner and strategist passionate for growing movements for positive change. She was named one of 2015's '100 Women of Influence'. Previously Renee co-directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign, helping engage 6,000 Australians to raise more than $1.4 million for projects tackling extreme poverty. She was also part of the team that led The End of Polio campaign to secure $118 million additional funding for global polio eradication effort
Author and campaigner
Anna Rose is an author and campaigner who comes from a family with a long farming history. She is co-founder of Farmers for Climate Action. Anna ran Earth Hour with WWF-Australia for two years from 2013-2015. In 2006 she co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and was National Co-Director for five years. She is author of the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic (MUP, 2012) and co-starred in the ABC documentary ‘I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change’. Anna previously convened the Vice-Chancellor’s course in Leadership & Influence at the Australian National University. She is a former Churchill Fellow and a recipient of the Sierra Club’s Earthcare award for her services to international environmental protection. She was the Australian Geographic Society’s Conservationist of the Year 2015 and was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards (A.C.T.) the same year. She is an advisory board member of the Australian Geographic Society, and a Director of the Aussie Farmers Foundation and the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. She is a former Director of Solar Citizens, the Bob Brown Foundation, and Green Music Australia. Anna is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Climate Change Centre and an Associate of Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute. Anna is currently completing a Myer Foundation Innovation Fellowship.
Head of New Things, CHOICE
Viveka is an inventor, a 20-year pioneer of virtual and augmented reality, and a builder of powerful creative communities. Previously Creative Director of R&D at the ABC and a researcher at the UTS Creativity and Cognition Studios he now leads a team of designers and technologists who are inventing the future of fair, just and safe markets.
Community & Fundraising Manager, Climate Council
Cassie manages a community of over 150,000 donors, members, volunteers, and supporters as the Community & Fundraising Manager at the Climate Council. Cassie's work spans fundraising, community engagement, digital content, marketing, communications and strategy. Key achievements include growing the Climate Council’s online regular giving program by 27%, more than doubling the size of the Climate Council’s supporter base and coordinating the Kimberley Fundraising Challenge which raised over $110,000 for the Climate Council. Cassie previously worked in the higher education sector and is currently undertaking a Masters of Environmental Management and Sustainability.
Campaigner, United Voice NSW
Sara works for United Voice – the union for cleaners, early educators, casino and home care workers. Sara focuses on digital strategy and implementation, aiming to connect members working in isolated workforces, and to help them build power on and offline.
Documentary storytelling and impact campaign specialist
Teri’s career has spanned almost 20 years across both the film industry and the not-for-profit sector. In the not-for-profit sector Teri has worked in communications, advocacy, strategy and fundraising roles for organisations including Greenpeace, the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Jubilee Australia and the Council for International Development. She spent almost five years working with Screen Australia, first managing the agency’s communications and then in her final year with Screen Australia managing the agency’s feature film distribution program. She has also worked with boutique distributors running national marketing and publicity campaigns for social change feature documentaries and has co-distributed two feature films. Most recently, Teri was an impact producer with Media Stockade, a production company specialising in documentary storytelling and impact campaigns where she led the company's impact campaign consultancy. She is currently working as a freelance impact producer with NITV and on Larissa Behrendt's feature documentary After The Apology.
Leader Campaigner / Organiser SA, Solar Citizens
Dan is a highly skilled and experienced campaigner who has previously worked as a Campaigner with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Community Organiser with the Port Augusta community. Dan is now with Solar Citizens' as the Lead Campaigner / Organiser in South Australia. Dan's leadership helped steward this high impact community run campaign to deliver Australia's landmark win of Solar Thermal for Port Augusta to replace the town's closed coal stations. This was no ordinary campaign, and no ordinary win, with success far from guaranteed throughout its 5 year history, but it forever changed the landscape of energy politics in Australia. This community powered campaign won the support of its city council, unions, local business, doctors and climate and renewable energy groups to deliver an important win for their community, SA and the whole country. It's a win which was delivered by thousands of people and the sharing of the lessons on how it was won can serve as a lesson in hope and inspiration for so many others fighting the good fight for various social justice causes.
Digital Campaign Director, The Equality Campaign
Adam is a campaign communication specialist with a community organising background. He believes in empowering others to tell their stories as a way of bringing people together to create change. Adam has helped students, the LGBTIQA+ community, and higher education workers win campaigns. Adam joined Australian Marriage Equality from the National Tertiary Education Union, where he was head of communications and campaigns in NSW. He played a leading role in developing the 'No $100,000 Degrees' campaign against university fee deregulation and worked with colleagues to increase membership by 12 percent in 2 years.
Deputy Director, The Sunrise Project
Sam La Rocca is a strategist and organiser committed to building people powered movements for a socially just and ecologically sane world. Sam's been active since the early 1990s. He co-founded activist education outfit the Change Agency, pioneered electoral organising with the Greens and led Adam Bandt’s successful re-election campaign. More recently he facilitated a process to reset climate movement strategy and developed GetUp’s Environmental Justice, election and organising strategies. He’s now Deputy Director at The Sunrise Project.
Founder & Facilitator, Plan to Win
Holly assists individuals, groups and campaigns to develop the skills and clarity required to win change in the world. Through Plan to Win, Holly offers facilitation, training and mentoring, covering topics including campaign strategy, community organising, building strong groups, and sustaining action. Plan to Win’s annual Training for Activist Trainers develops trainers and facilitators across a range of social movements. Holly is also founder and co-convenor of Plan to Thrive, Melbourne Campaigners’ Network and the Decolonizing Solidarity book club. She brings twenty-five years of experience in social movements to assisting groups and campaigns to build community power for social and ecological justice.
Digital and Grassroots Lead, Campaign for Australian Aid
Jody is the Digital and Grassroots Lead at Campaign for Australian Aid. Jody has played lead roles in the formation and growth of faith-based justice movements, Common Grace and Love Makes A Way, and has led anti-poverty campaigns with World Vision Australia and the Oaktree Foundation.
Public Narrative Coordinator, Australian Conservation Society
Tessa is a change maker and framing expert who tells stories to change the world. She works across engagement, fundraising and campaigning, where she inspires and skills up ACF’s community to stand up and speak out. She has a PhD in cultural studies and a background in academia, law and design. She has also trained with digital fundraising experts Mike Whitney and Nicole Aro and messaging guru Anat Shenker-Osorio through Progress’ experts-in-residence program. Tessa has green thumbs, lots of coloured pencils and big dreams for a more beautiful world.
Raised under South Australia’s fierce sun, Isaac knows first hand the need for urgent action on climate change. Starting out with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Isaac has been active in the climate movement since age seventeen. Isaac worked as 350.org Australia’s Divestment Campaigner, a campaign working to undermine the social license of coal and gas by calling on institutions to dump their shares in the fossil fuel industry. Over 130 institutions in Australia have divested, including the City of Newcastle - home to the biggest coal port in the world. Now based in Sydney, Isaac works on the #StopAdani campaign, pushing for an end to the Adani coal mine in Queensland. For his work on stopping the expansion of Queensland coal, Isaac has been awarded Bob Brown’s Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Social Media Specialist, Amnesty International Australia
Jessie is a commsy/campaigny/webby all-rounder with a long career in Australia's non-profit sector. In her current role at Amnesty, Jessie has worked on flagship campaigns aimed at ending the practice of offshore detention of asylum seekers, and reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous young people in the justice system. She also headed up digital comms for Amnesty's 2015 anti-death penalty campaign in response to the imminent, and ultimately tragic, execution of two Australians in Indonesia. In her former role at The Wilderness Society, Jessie lead comms work for the successful campaign to save Walmadan (James Price Point) from the clutches of the gas industry. Jessie is an Australian Progress Fellow, and has previously spent a year working for UNICEF in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.
Communications and Campaign Director, United Voice
Tim Petterson is a communications and campaigns director at United Voice, where he does digital and media strategy. He works extensively on Big Steps, a campaign by early childhood educators who are fighting for equal pay. For the last year he's also been leading an innovation project aimed at helping young hospitality workers organise online, build power and win respect and better jobs.
Digital Campaigner, The Wilderness Society
Warrick has been working in conservation advocacy since 2001, primarily on forest conservation issues. For the past 12 months he has been developing and implementing new digital strategies at The Wilderness Society, one of Australia's leading environment organisations.
Founder & Coordinator, CounterAct
Nicola is the Founder and Coordinator of CounterAct. She has extensive experience working on a range of campaigns over fifteen years, and has been facilitating within a diversity of groups for many years. Having worked across the full spectrum of progressive social change – from sailing with Sea Shepherd on Antarctic campaigns, to working as an adviser to a Senator she has a developed a perspective informed by hands on experience, on the tools we can use to create effective social change.
LGBTQIA+ campaigner, GetUp
Sally Rugg is a LGBTQIA+ rights campaigner, activist and public speaker. She is the Creative Director at GetUp, overseeing their video, social media and public narrative work, and leads the campaign for marriage equality. Her work was instrumental in parliament blocking legislation for a plebiscite in 2016. Sally regularly speaks at LGBTQIA+ rights rallies and events, helps lead the community campaign to save the Safe Schools program, and volunteers with LGBTQIA+ youth at Twenty10. She received the Young Achiever Award at the 2016 Honour Awards, was named in TimeOut's 40 under 40 and was number 5 on LOTL's Lesbian Power List. In 2017 she has been named as one of Australia's most influential LGBTQIA+ people by Cosmopolitan Magazine and Mamamia.
Digital Director, Democracy in Colour
Neha is the Digital Director at Democracy in Colour. She has almost ten years of experience in Australian political campaigning and is driven by the power of grassroots organising to win tangible outcomes for social justice. Most recently she worked on the Yes campaign at Australian Marriage Equality, and is a Digital Campaigner at the Australian Services Union NSW & ACT. Previously she has worked for a NSW politician and was a Community Organiser on the Land Water Future campaign with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Senior designer, Canva
Poppie is passionate about helping people become better designers. As Canva’s Senior Graphic Designer, she’s responsible for many of Canva’s graphics including the daily design tips on Canva’s social, runs educational webinars and workshops and has authored a book. Poppie loves seeing Canva users stretch their creative wings do they can truly benefit from both the platform, and the gift of design.
Founder, Muslims for Marriage Equality
Fahad Ali is a geneticist, writer and activist, and the founder of Muslims for Marriage Equality. His entry into advocacy work began at university, where he led the first official University of Sydney entry into the Sydney Mardi Gras and established the Glitter Gala, the student union’s first annual ball for queer students and their friends. Fahad has been recognised as an honorary citizen of the City of Bethlehem for his peace advocacy work on Palestine and Israel, and currently serves as the Director of Marketing for women’s hygiene charity KindNecessities.
Senior Policy Officer: Housing and Social Security, People With Disability Australia
Idiosyncratic glasses wearer, cancer survivor, and food snob. Dean has extensive policy development and strategic advocacy expertise in the area of disability, health and human rights, which has been developed through his role at ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) and People with Disability Australia (PWDA). He has also volunteered as a Consumer Advocate and MP Liaison Officer with the Cancer Council of NSW and a board member of ACON, Shelter NSW and the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL). His PWDA policy role enables him to lead on specific social justice policy areas in relation to poverty, housing, adequate standard of living, voter access and LGBTI rights.
Disability and accessibility advocate
Aine is changemaker who spends her time working on making the world a more inclusive place. She’s headed up advocacy for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, worked for a range of NFPs in the disability sector and loves making things accessible - movements, policies, info, comms & beyond.
Organising Program Manager, AYCC
Laura is the Organising Program Manager at the AYCC, supporting their huge grassroots network across the country. Laura has been with the AYCC since 2012 as Victorian State Coordinator, Administration Officer and Organiser. Laura is passionate about building a powerful youth climate justice movement. She recently managed Power Shift 2017 where 800 young people came together over 3 days to learn, grow and get fired up to take climate action.
National Director, AYCC
Gemma is the National Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Prior to stepping up, Gemma was AYCC's campaign and programs co-director, driving strategy and the rollout of AYCC's campaigns and programs through their huge grassroots network across the country. Gemma been with the AYCC since 2010 as a NSW State Coordinator, National Fundraising Director and Campaigner and recently led their successful Don't Risk the Reef campaign which saw Lend Lease, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank publicly withdraw from coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef. Gemma is passionate about empowering young people to take action on climate change and has run training days for hundreds of young people and even facilitated climate change workshops in the Antarctic.
Educator and Director, The Change Agency
James Whelan is an activist educator committed to building powerful social movements and the challenging work of striving for social and environmental justice. James has worked with small and large civil society organisations on campaigns to protect forests, reduce toxic pollution and uphold human rights. He has also been a researcher, research manager and lecturer at several Australian universities, publishing widely on popular education and social movements, participatory democracy and environmental politics. James’ community and academic passions blend in his work as director of the Change Agency, a not-for-profit which provides education, training, facilitation and action research support for social change groups in Australia and the Pacific. James has facilitated campaign planning, decision-making and evaluation workshops and meetings with hundreds of social movement organisations in the Australia-Pacific region, working with groups of up 1000. He lives in Newcastle, on the land of the Awabakal and Worimi people.
Director of Strategy, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
Tamsin Lloyd has been the head of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union’s National Communications Team for 4 years, and has recently moved to be the Director of Strategy. Although now infamous for the union’s dank memes, the AMWU’s communications team spends most of its time focused on union ‘core business’ – organising and growth work. Over the last 4 years the AMWU’s Communications Team has undergone a radical transformation to bring digital and communications tools to the union’s work in organising new members, supporting industrial bargaining, and rolling out political campaigns, with a focus on the way the union communicates with members in small and dispersed sites and across a range of occupations and industries. Their focus is on how digital tools can best be used to support the work of union members. Prior to working at the AMWU, Tamsin has worked at other trade unions, as a campaigner, and in Government.
Impact Producer, BLUE
Sarah has worked in the film and television sector for over 20 years, working across many platforms including documentary, feature film, visual effects, television commercials and long form children’s television. The majority of Sarah's work has been in documentary production, delivering natural history programs with an emphasis on the ocean stories and subjects to international networks. She has just completed a feature length documentary film called BLUE, about the Industrialisation of our Ocean and the Guardians working to protect it. Using the film as an impact tool, BLUE also has a two year outreach campaign in planning. As Impact Producer Sarah is responsible for the development and management of this campaign. Outside the film and television sector Sarah works with Take 3, a grassroots organisation giving a global voice on marine debris and a clean ocean initiative. Currently she works as project and outreach manager for the Take 3 Surf Life Saving clubs program and hold a position as a Director on the Take 3 Board.
Campaigner, 350.org Pacific
350 Pacific or the Pacific Climate Warriors are a youth lead Indigenous Pacific organisation spread over 15 Pacific Island nations, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Joseph has led campaigns that have seen Pacific people block the largest coal port in the world, paddle across Sydney Harbour to occupy the Prime Minister's House and take a stance at this years United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP23. The Pacific Climate Warriors work to tell the story of a Pacific that is rising up in resilience against the major contributors to Climate Change.Here in Australia Joseph works to empower and uplift the Pacific Diaspora to take action and to stand in solidarity with their families back home on the islands.
Filmmaker and Director, Gayby Baby
Maya is a filmmaker committed to social justice. She has made a number of award-winning short documentaries, and recently directed Growing Up Gayby (2013) and Gayby Baby (2015), made with Charlotte Mars that reveals the perspective of children raised in same-sex parented families. Gayby Baby was selected for GoodPitch² Australia 2014, screened at festivals internationally, broke cinema-on-demand records, sparked a national debate about LGBTIQ concepts in Australian schools, was nominated for an ACCTA, AWGIE and won an ATOM award. The accompanying education resources 'The Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit' is the first in Australia to represent LGBTIQ families in curriculum.
National Digital Manager, Australian Workers' Union
Linda is the National Digital Manager at the Australian Workers’ Union, where she heads up digital and communications strategy. This year Linda has been working to launch Hair Stylists Australia - an innovative new union that is tackling the challenges of organising a disparate workforce. She is passionate about using effective messaging to motivate people, and translating online engagement to offline action. Linda is an Australian Progress Fellow, and has experience in leading community campaigns in the areas of gender and sustainability.