We are excited to announce the keynote speaker for this year's skillshare: prominent social and environmental activist, educator, accademic and writer, Aidan Ricketts.

Check out his website.

Aidan is respected for his extensive experience in activism for almost 30 years, including his current involvement in the campaign against coal seam gas mining in northern NSW.

Aidan  has a passion for building capacity for community resistance: providing consultancies to assist with strategic planning of campaigns, as well as activist education through workshops-- now including the Adelaide Activist Skillshare!

He has also established a groundbreaking university-accredited activism training course at the Southern Cross University in NSW, where he lectures in the School of Law and Justice.

Aidan's ongoing practical work ensures he remains current with trends in campaigning and activism.

This lifetime of dedication to social change has culminated in his recently published The Activists Handbook: A Step By Step Guide to Participatory Democracy -- a must read for all activists!

Aidan is certain to present an insightful and empowering session at this year's Activist Skillshare. Register now so as not to miss it! We have received many other impressive workshop proposals from other experts in the field, with the official program to be released soon.

Participant Registrations for the 2013 Adelaide Activist Skillshare are officially open. There is limited capacity so sign up early to ensure your spot. Registrations close March 10th.

The skillshare is from 4pm Friday 22nd March until 4pm on Sunday 24th March 2013 at Aldinga Beach Mini-Camp.

The skillshare will provide participants with the essential skills needed to be an effective activist. The weekend will help our community expand and advance one another's knowledge, and help you build confidence as an activist in a supportive environment.

The workshop program will be released early March, but will likely include sessions on:
  • Developing effective campaigns
  • Practical campaign tools
  • Strategic thinking
  • Direct communications - when to use which tactic
  • Non-Violent Direct Action and Practical Direct Action
  • Community organising
  • Power analysis
  • Legal and activist rights
  • Narrative training - telling compelling stories
  • Media engagement
  • Digital activism - social media tips'n'tricks
  • Creative activism
  • Sustainable activism
  • Team building
  • Campaign strategy sessions

There will also be group team-building activities, film screenings, bush walks, swimming and snorkeling at the beach at our doorstep- and of course an incredible mix of amazing people to learn and grow with.

For skillshare costs and payment please read here.

An information pack will be sent out to you in preparation for the skillshare. For more information or to ask questions please get in contact.

Check out the poster for this year's Activist Skillshare!

Thanks to Flik for her awesome creative design talents. The poster features the theme 'Action Towards Transition', as well as symbolising the growth of knowledge from participating in the skillshare. Please share, including with any new and up-and-coming activists. Help expand our community.

We have also launched the facebook event page, join it and invite others.

Participant registrations open this Wednesday, February 20th. There is limited capacity so sign up early to ensure your spot.

For more information about the skillshare, have a look around this website. The official workshop program will be released early March.

Workshop Proposals for this year's Activist Skillshare are due by February 2oth. (EDIT: Extended to February 27th!)

Help teach our community the essentials of being effective change-agents over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March. We are eager to involve a diversity of facilitators and invite you to contribute your area of expertise. The program still has space for engaging, interesting, exciting and inspiring training sessions-  so submit your applications now!

Topic areas will include: developing campaigns, strategic thinking, NVDA theory and practical, community organising, activist rights, narrative training, media engagement, digital activism, creative activism and sustainable activism, amongst others.

This skillshare will be a structured learning program, with range of seminars for participants to choose from and attend. This way we will guarantee that participants walk away with the essential tool kit. There will be 2 tiers of learning levels, introductory and intermediate. The program which is currently being developed is flexible for inclusions of other suggested training elements and there will be an afternoon for free-form workshops to evolve.

Being a not-for-profit camp with the aim to just break-even, the reward will be sharing your knowledge with others and knowing you have helped grow our community. Facilitators will be supplied meals and are more than welcome to stay at the venue, and we can arrange transportation costs if required.

  To register your workshop by February 20th, please submit workshop proposals or contact [email protected] for more information.

The 2013 skillshare is developing well. A working group has formed and is organising all the logistics to ensure this year's event is one of the best yet. 

Participant registations will open later this month, and there are only a few days left to submit workshop proposals.  So far we have seen receiving some incredible workshop ideas. We will be releasing the program in early March.

The Flinders University Wilderness Club is keen to run  morning and evening snorkeling adventures into the Aldinga Reef Marine Sanctuary, which is a short walk from the camp venue.  

                                                                                       Greenpeace Australia is the latest organisation to give their support as a sponsor for the Activist Skillshare.  This means Greenpeace members and volunteers are entitled to a reduced registration fee, as well as ASEN and TWS members and volunteers.

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