Creating Positive Change Fellowship

We are proud to launch our second fellowship program to help South Australians Create Positive Change.

If you are passionate about climate action, nature protection or climate justice and want to develop practical skills and confidence to make a difference, we would love to hear from you!

This intense 8-week program will involve weekly in-person training sessions led by experienced changemakers and guest speakers. There will be opportunities to connect with different kinds of groups working on creating change in SA (and beyond), and to develop your networks to build your capacity for effecting change. Each week we will also introduce you to key aspects of changemaking and use a variety of thinking tools to help you build your skills and knowledge. 

By the end of the program, you will have the skills to actively participate in one or more campaign activities.  

Topics include:

  • Changemaking 101
  • Power in Changemaking
  • Influencing Politics
  • Effective Campaigns
  • Influencing Public Opinion
  • Mobilising for Change
  • Alternative Ways of Working
  • Self Care and Regenerative Practices

What's in it for you?

  • More than 20 hours of training in campaigning, community organising, media, capacity building and more
  • Tools, knowledge and confidence to take action on climate change and protect our beautiful planet
  • The chance to grow your personal and changemaking networks
  • Learning how to look after yourself while making a difference to the world

Commitment and key dates

The training will take place at the Joinery (111 Franklin Street, City) on Thursday nights, 5.45-8.30pm, from the 4th July to the 22th August 2024. 

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Attend all 8 Thursday night sessions
  • Participate in group and accompanying activities, including personal reflection
  • Commit to actively expanding your change-making activities at the end of the Fellowship

Key selection criteria

  • Resident of SA
  • Passionate about taking action for climate, nature protection or climate justice
  • Committed to attend all 8 face to face sessions, provide constructive feedback, and contribute to the online Fellowship community.
  • Open to learning in a group setting and building relationships 
  • Willing to use your new skills to benefit others after the Fellowship ends

If more people apply than we have capacity for, we will prioritise:

  • Young people or those newly active to climate, nature protection or climate justice work
  • Enhancing inclusion and diversity

Cost and scholarships

This fellowship is offered at a nominal cost of $120 for waged and $60 for unwaged/concession 

We recognise that not everyone may be able to afford this cost, so we can offer partial scholarships to people experiencing financial barriers to participating – whether situational or structural. 

The training sessions will be catered (light meal plus tea and coffee).

Program Leaders

David Bacon

Dave has a professional background of nearly two decades in International Aid and Development and the NGO sector in project management, organisational development, governance, fundraising, building volunteer organisations, and community organising for climate & environment.  He is the President of Conservation SA; Co-founder of: SAGE (SA Grassroots Ecosystem) and Electrify Adelaide; Founder of Carpets for Communities; and a school strike dad with multiple international awards for changemaking.

Deb King

Deb has a passion for climate justice which evolved from many years being an advocate and activist around issues such as women’s rights, community development, feminist peace and leadership, workplace reform, landcare and sustainable agriculture, and climate change. She has worked in a variety of industries, most recently as a sociologist and academic manager at Flinders University. She is a skilled researcher, educator, facilitator and organiser. Over the past five years she has dedicated her time to addressing the climate crisis with a focus on climate justice.


To apply, fill out this short Expression of Interest form so we can find out a little more about you.

You will need to register your interest by Monday 17th June.

If you would like to find out more, reach out to David at [email protected] or phone Conservation SA on 8223 5155.



Support us and get involved

Contact Conservation SA on (08) 8223 5155, [email protected], or at our offices at the Joinery at 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

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