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Our Say: Support crowd-sourced democracy

Posted in Movements, Policies, Seeking by CBiggs on February 22nd, 2012

The locally grown democratic media start-up ‘OurSay‘ is currently competing with 50 other companies from around the world to get into the Unreasonable Institute, a six-week, high-intensity program for entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges.

OurSay enables people to get important issues on the public agenda. It locks in public decision-makers such as CEOs, politicians and community leaders and gets them to answer tough questions about the issues you care about most. The aim of OurSay is to inform better decision-making, slow down the media cycle to engage seriously with challenging issues, provide more direct feedback between decision-makers and the people they affect, and help people own, influence and take responsibility for the issues they care about. In just under 2 years, OurSay has grown a strong community of users from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Their vision is to see this model of crowd-sourced democracy operating in every city around the world.

Now, after 2 gruelling rounds of vetting, competing against more than 300 organisations from 60 different countries, OurSay is the only Australian organisation left with a chance to make one of the only 25 places at the Unreasonable Institute. By achieving this, OurSay will have the opportunity to build its profile and learn from some of the best organisations for social and environmental good.

To get through, OurSay needs to demonstrate a base of supporters that are willing to support financially. They need to raise raise $10,000 in just 22 days (they are already halfway there).

If you are passionate about using social media for societal change and would like to help this little Aussie start-up, you can donate here in the Unreasonable Institute Marketplace.

City Square Seminars: Climate Change & Environmental Politics

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on December 12th, 2011

13 December , 2011
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Melbourne Free University at City Square in collaboration with Occupy Melbourne

The Yes Men Fix the World: The Big Picture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 28th, 2011

6 December , 2011
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Next screening, THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, on Tuesday 6 December 2011 at 6pm at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. From New Orleans to India to New York City, armed with little more than cheap thrift-store suits, the Yes Men squeeze raucous comedy out of all the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet.

Read more on the Ross House website.

Towards a just and sustainable post carbon economy: Public forum

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 17th, 2011

24 November , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Roy Neel is currently Chief of Staff for former US Vice President Al Gore, overseeing his climate change advocacy programs, national and international political relationships and liaison with his clean energy business interests. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses in the U. S. Presidency, White House operations, and Presidential Campaigns, and White House Transitions. In this free public lecture Roy Neel will draw on his experience of climate change and sustainability politics in the United States to reflect on the key road blocks standing in the way of effective action and on the importance of creative and courageous leadership in driving a rapid transition to a just and prosperous post carbon economy.

Free, but please REGISTER:

6.30-8.00pm, Thursday, 24 November 2011
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston St, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Enquiries: Taegen Edwards,

Fair Share: Country & City in Australia

Posted in Opinion, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on June 15th, 2011

Image: MargaretNapier via flickr CC

For many decades Australia was the country that rode on the sheep’s back. No more – now we are a country of mining and services. In the new Wheeler Centre Quarterly Essay, one of Australia’s most original and respected political thinkers, Judith Brett, looks at what this has meant for the country and the city in our politics and culture. What will be the fate of rural and regional Australia in an era of economic rationalisation, water cutbacks, climate change, droughts and flooding rain? Does urban Australia care for or understand the country anymore?

The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Thursday 16 June 2011

Free event; recommended to make a booking.

Clive Hamilton: The dirty politics around climate change

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on August 27th, 2010

6 September , 2010
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

A monthly discussion group hosted by Beyond Zero Emissions focusing on energy solutions to climate change.

Professor Clive Hamilton is a well known Australian author and public intellectual who ran as the Greens candidate in the by-election for the federal seat of Higgins in December 2009. In June 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to public debate and policy development. He is author of ‘Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change’ (2007) and his latest book is ‘Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change’ (2010).

Clive will be discussing the current political situation around climate change in Australia, in particular the dirty politics of the fossil fuel and energy intensive industry lobbies, and the current climate movement and whether renewable energy companies that stand to make profits from science-based climate policies have a role in this movement. He will also discuss our involvement at an individual and community level. He will appear via Skype video link.

Monday 6th September 2010 6:30 – 8pm
The Wood Theatre, ECO & COMMERCE-Rm:G09-Flr:G, University of Melbourne VIC

Please RSVP:

A big thank you to The Office for Environmental Programs (OEP) at the University of Melbourne for supporting us in bringing you this event.

Regional Victorian Climate Action Summit

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on March 19th, 2009

Local people speaking out about climate change and stepping into advocacy and politics
If you are feeling frustrated, angry, inspired or ignorant, and want to see our political leaders and decision makers helping us rather than hindering us, then this is for you.

Where: Daylesford Town Hall
When: 9.30am to 4pm, 21 March
Visit the web site:

This forum is being jointly hosted by BREAZE (Ballarat), MASG (Mount Alexander), HREA (Daylesford) and BSG (Bendigo) and is open to all people wishing to speak out and skill up on climate change.
SPEAKERS – Philip Sutton, Damien Lawson, Graeme Drysdale, Karen Corr
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