The Progressive Tech Network Australia is a growing collective of progressive organisations teaming up on tech - including unions, not for profits, enviro groups, and community organisations.
There is a great energy about ProgTech, which is building a library of shared tools, resources and code; rolling out training and mentorship programs; and fostering a networked community who work together on solutions to shared challenges.
We are proud to be an official partner of ProgTech, and would encourage other like minded orgs to check it out!
For anyone that wants a simple way to create animations for their website collateral, you might want to check out SVGator. It doesn’t require coding skills, and makes the animation and editing process fairly seamless.
We have had a bit of fun playing around with SVGator lately, including to create this simple animation to help explain SupporterBase, and as part of our collaboration with Amnesty International Indonesia on their new campaign.
With Queenslanders heading to the polls this weekend, our campaign partners in the Sunshine State have been in full swing, working tirelessly to keep the environment and a sustainable energy transition on the agenda.
In the run up to the election the The Queensland Conservation Council set out an environment agenda for the next Queensland Government, and have released some impactful research on the potential employment boon associated with transitioning to renewables; Solar Citizens have a great breakdown of the economic, employment and environmental opportunities at stake in each major region; Our Living Outback has been keeping MPs accountable on protected areas and land management jobs; and we were excited to see the Queensland Greens make good use of our Candidate theme for the campaign, rolling it out for a number of, well, candidates, including Amy MacMahon and Michael Berkman.
The work of these groups and their allies has already led to some great wins and election commitments, and I am in no doubt they will continue working just as hard to keep the next Government accountable.
Over the past year we have been working closely with the team at CODEPINK to design and develop their huge new website. For those outside the US, CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs
We are currently featuring our partnership with the team at NOW!, a new transnational project from key Volt Europa figures, Andrea Venzon and Colombe Cahen-Salvador. It has been fantastic to be able to work with Colombe and Andrea from the outset, helping to create their brand, design and then develop the website, and now continuing to help them grow their international network of supporters with SupporterBase.
One positive to come from the virus seems to have been a desire from a lot of people to reconnect with the natural world, even if that means planting a few veggies in the backyard or just getting outdoors for a walk (turns out it is much nicer than the treadmill!).
Right now the Queensland Conservation Council is bringing nature to you, with the ‘Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards’. The awards recognise and celebrate the power of images - and the importance of photographers - in protecting our natural world.
Voting for the People's Choice award has just opened, so get to it!
Each year Australian Progress organises the premier event for progressive organisers across the country to come together and share tips, lessons, best practice and innovative ideas. This year they will be holding the two day event virtually. If you haven’t already registered, you can do so here: https://www.virtualprogress.org.au/
End Gambling Ads is an initiative of the Alliance for Gambiling Reform, supported by councils, community, health and and faith organisations across Australia, that aims to kick harmful gambling ads out of sport. We were delighted to help them launch using our Candidate theme, including a few custom icons from our Art Director for good measure.
Our friends in the #StopAdani movement have been campaigning tirelessly for global insurance brokers Marsh to rule out any further work with Adani. Adani needs to secure insurance to push ahead with its destructive Carmichael coal project - slated to be the biggest coal mine in Australian history.
Marsh is expected to announce their new climate policy at their Annual General Meeting on 21 May, in what could be a pivotal moment in the campaign. We’ll all be watching and hoping that Marsh does the right thing and rules out working with Adani.
It was a pleasure as always to collaborate with the wonderful James Harrison on this new website for Dr Tim Read, the Greens MP for Brunswick.