Why the creeping sell-off of public space for private ads is so wrong

By Kurt Iveson, first published in the Sydney Morning Herald on October 9 2018. Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s intervention to insist the Sydney Opera House allow blatant Racing NSW advertising on its sails is objectionable for many reasons. Most worryingly, it signals a new intensification of the ongoing privatisation of our public spaces through advertising. The …

Taking Community Organising Down Under – how we built the Sydney Alliance

This article was first published in the Community Development Journal. The Global Spread of Community Organising: how Alinsky-Style community organising travelled to Australia and what we learnt Abstract: Community organising refers to a particular way of working in public life that aims to enhance the capacity of community leaders to act for the common good …

In the ‘fearless city’, Barcelona residents take charge

This article by Amanda Tattersall was first published on The Conversation on 7 November 2017. It is part of the Democracy Futures project, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. Almost every global city has a similar dynamic – …

Community organising aims to win back civil society’s rightful place

This article by Amanda Tattersall was first published in The Conversation on August 25, 2014. In the wake of the Second World War, Karl Polanyi wrote that the public arena is made up of three interconnected sectors: the market, government and civil society. He argued that democracy thrives when these three are in balance. If only that …