THE FUTURE DEMANDS ENGAGEMENT
Democracy works best when people step up and speak out.
So it is a problem that on many of the big issues Australians lack ways to get involved to match their interests, identity, demographics and commitment.
We need a new generation of nimble, courageous movements to tackle social welfare issues at the community and national level- and to do so innovative ways.
RE-BOOTING CIVIL SOCIETY
Progress Labs is Australia’s dedicated social movement incubator.
A partnership between Australian Progress and the Australian Council of Social Service, we will support 6-12 new initiatives per year in 2018 and 2019.
This means powerful and compelling new organisations engaging hundreds of thousands of Australians, and building fairer and more forward-looking Australia.
How we help
PITCH TRAINING & FUNDRAISING
Strengthen your pitch and get connected with a who’s who of relevant funders and allies across philanthropy, civil society and social business.
We’ll help as needed with legal and accounting, so you can focus on campaigning and fundraising.
SPACE AND SUPPORT
A space for you or your team in our fun and central co-working space in Melbourne or Sydney.
TWO WEEK INTENSIVE
Hone your plan through 8 days of strategy development, training, team-building and business planning.
Be paired with an outstanding creative agency (pro-bono), who can lend strategic advice, kickstart your brand identity, and help with early campaigns.
Join a powerful network to share learning, collaborate around joint priorities, and leverage resources.
INTRODUCING COHORT 1
We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural cohort for Progress Labs 2018. It’s a group of much needed projects, driven by dynamic and experienced leaders, including:
Tim Lo Surdo | Democracy in Colour
Democracy in Colour is Australia’s first national racial justice advocacy organisation led by people of colour. They run campaigns to tackle structural racism; hold political, cultural and corporate leaders to account on the things they say and do on race; and strengthen the political voice of people of colour.
Jason Ball and James Lolicato | Pride Cup
The Pride Cup is building local advocates for LGBTI inclusion in sport. The Cup utilises the power of local football clubs to bring together disparate regional communities to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion for LGBTI people. The centrepiece of a Pride Cup is a local football match themed around LGBTI inclusion – creating ripple effects throughout local communities.
Meagan Lawson and Corey Irlam | The 1 in 4 project
Seniors may not be a single homogenous movement, but their sheer diversity and size provides an unrivalled opportunity to influence policy outcomes through activation across the electoral cycle including at elections. In addition to an online community, the 1 in 4 project will develop train, support and deploy a team of ‘MP Liaisons’ to maximise the effectiveness of the project’s online community of dialogue and action.
Karrina Nolan | Original Power
We need a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisation that can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be more effective change makers in communities. Specifically, we need an organisation that can help resource communities, campaigns and networks focused on fossil fuel extraction, mining and the impacts of climate change. Original Power aims to build the power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increase the effectiveness of our campaigns and develop stronger ideas and networks for self-determined solutions.
Joel Dignam | Comfy Homes
There are more renters in Australia than ever before. Many of these people will rent for the rest of their lives – an entirely new idea. They will raise families and grow old without ever living in a house they own. However, the current emphasis is always on the property rights of landlords instead of the right to a dignified home for renting families. Comfy Homes is trying to achieve reform in Australia so that renters can have dignified, secure, long-term affordable accommodation. Chair, Joel Dignam, says: “I think renters need to be a constituency able to counter the power of landlords and the real estate institute.”
Vanessa Gonzalez, Matt Howard and Juliette Meaney | Rainbow Families
Rainbow Families exists to provide its community of LGBTQI families with access to relevant community programs, opportunities for social connection, advocacy support and educational opportunities. They strive to ensure that the voice of their community is represented, heard and actioned by tackling social issues important to our community head on, with bravery, pride and respect. Rainbow Families also strives to ensure the LGBTQI community has access to the resources, information, education and support needed to ensure resilient, loving, vibrant families.
Owen Bennett and Jeremy Poxon | Australian Unemployed Workers Union
The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) provides individual support for unemployed people who have difficulty navigating the increasingly complex and punitive welfare system. They run a phone and email support service, specifically tailored to helping unemployed workers and welfare recipients receive their entitlements and understand their rights. The AUWU also run various advocacy campaigns in order to amplify the voices of unemployed people and put pressure on members of parliament to start representing their interests and concerns.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a few organisations Australian Progress previously helped get off the ground. We're excited to be expanding this community as part of the new Progress Labs program
When it happens next
Applications for the second round of Progress Labs (which commences in July 2018) will open during April.