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 is scheduled for November (now an online training in a series).


The Zoom version of the Foundations training breaks up the two days of face-to-face training into seven more manageable online sessions (two full days online is too exhausting!).

This is a collaboration between 4 organisations - the Sydney Alliance; the Queensland Community Alliance; the Hunter Community Alliance; and Te Ohu in New Zealand.

The training is a complete set and we ask participants to attend all sessions.

Schedule of sessions:
Preparation: c. 2 hours of reading and 20 minutes of youtube videos
Monday   16th NOV
QLD 5:45-8:00pm
NSW 6:45-9:00pm
NZ 8:45-11:00pm
Thursday 19th NOV
QLD 6:00-7:30pm
NSW 7:00-8:30pm
NZ 9:00-10:30pm
Saturday 21st NOV
QLD 12:00-1:30pm then 2:00-3:30pm
NSW 1:00-2:30pm then 3:00-4:30pm
NZ  3:00-4:30pm then 5:00-6:30pm
Monday 23rd NOV
QLD 6:00-8:00pm
NSW 7:00-9:00pm
NZ  9:00-11:00pm
Wednesday 25th NOV
QLD 6:00-7:30pm
NSW 7:00-8:30pm
NZ 9-10:30pm
Monday 30th NOV
QLD 6:00-8:00pm
NSW 7:00-9:00pm
NZ 9:00-11:00pm


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