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


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 collaboration across civil society. In the last two decades, this practice, founded in the United States, has spread to Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.  This article develops a definition of community organising then explores the history of its practice in the building of the Sydney Alliance.

The article can be downloaded here: Community Dev J-2015-Tattersall-380-96

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