Foundations Training (2 Day)

What is the 2 Day Foundations Training?



The Sydney Alliance is a citizens’ coalition whose mission is to provide our community with a voice to express our common values and aspirations for a fair and just Sydney.


This foundations training is based on the philosophy and practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation in over 65 years of successful organising experience.  These ideas are translated to an Australian context to cover the very essentials of what organising is and how we implement it here in Sydney.

It is interactive, thoughtful and made for people with all levels of experience. Concepts worked through include ideas of power, our roles as public people and what strength looks like. As practical as it is theoretical, we teach the tools to start building public relationships and working through the organising cycle to solve problems in our communities.

Topics at the 2 Day Foundations training include:

  • Community Organising:  based on the history and tradition of our religious, union and community organisations
  • Relational Organising:  individual relational meetings, listening assemblies, research, negotiation and action
  • Strengthening our Organisations: building a culture that is relational, action oriented and reflective/learning
  • Using Relational Power in the public sphere to take collaborative action on common issues.


Partner organisations are encouraged to send individual leaders to participate. It is an important space for your leaders and members to connect with other organisations and to develop skills in Community Organising.

Organisations interested in exploring partnership of the Sydney Alliance are also encouraged to send individuals to participate in the Training and to get a feel for the coalition.


*** COVID19 UPDATE *** The next Sydney Alliance Foundations Training scheduled for 1-2 April 2020 has been postponed until further notice



Wed-Thu 1-2 April 2020 9am - 5pm

Where? Settlement Services International, Ashfield

Level 2, 158 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131

How much?

Members of Alliance partner organisations are covered by the organisation's partnership contributions to the Alliance. Though participants are asked to bring a $10 donation for a meal each day. 

Attendance? Attendance all sessions are vital.

What to bring? A notepad and pen is very handy. Laptops not necessary. You are given a booklet outlining the main concepts/ activities.

What to wear? There is no official dress code.


Other Training Dates in 2020:

  • Thu 23 July (evening), Sun 26 July, Tue 28 July (evening)
  • Tue-Wed 13-14 October

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