Vice President of Product & Design, Change.org
Nick Allardice is the Vice President of Product & Design at Change.org - the world's largest online platform for social change. He's responsible for building all the user experience and technology for Change.org's more than 60 million monthly and 200 million all time users. As the founder of Change.org in Australia and one of the first campaigners employed at Change.org globally, he helped pioneer the model of story based distributed organising which has now lead to a huge number of significant people powered victories, and 1 in 6 Australians joining a Change.org campaign. He went on to launch and manage Change.org's presence in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan, and also lead Change.org's team of 100+ campaigners around the world focused on incubating the most inspiring and compelling campaigns started on the platform. Nick is the co-founder of the Live Below the Line campaign, and has held senior or board roles at PL+US, The Oaktree Foundation, AYCC and MakePovertyHistory.
Digital Fundraising Manager, Bernie 2016
Michael Whitney is an expert marketer, fundraiser, and campaigner with thirteen years of experience building digital programs to engage supporters for political candidates and non-profit organisations. Currently an Australian Progress Expert-in-Residence, Michael was the Digital Fundraising Manager of Bernie Sanders' U.S. presidential campaign, which raised more than $218 million USD online from 8 million contributions. Michael was named one of Rolling Stone's "16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election." He also led the digital fundraising strategies for Gabby Giffords' gun violence prevention group Americans for Responsible Solutions, Zephyr Teachout's campaign for U.S. Congress, and for Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson's campaign for Mayor of Baltimore, and has previously worked with groups including Change.org, MoveOn.org, Amnesty International USA, and Howard Dean's 2004 U.S. presidential campaign. Michael's work in grassroots fundraising and mobilization has set new standards in how organisations can engage supporters and volunteers in support of their mission and values.
Principal Strategist, NetChange
A digital pioneer for two decades, Jason is an organizational change consultant and senior campaigner supporting institutions committed to deepening their impact and engagement. He has led projects and campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized social change organizations and movements including the Tar Sands Campaign, Human Rights Watch, NRDC, the Elders, the UN Foundation, and the David Suzuki Foundation. The co-authour of the Networked Change Report, Jason is a recognized thought leader in the fields of digital strategy, directed network campaigns, and organizational change. Jason is also the founder of Web of Change and a Leadership Fellow at the Broadbent Institute.
Senior Strategist, Netchange
Tom cut his teeth as a strategist pioneering distributed organizing tactics as global coordinator of Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day in the late nineties. In the course of his career, he has also spent time in academia earning an M.A. in Media Studies and then several years in the private sector, where he co-founded a publicly-traded social media agency, developed patented performance evaluation software and gained unique experience leading online stakeholder dialogue projects. An avowed digital people-power wonk, his insights on the power of networked social movements have led him to speak repeatedly before the leaders of major NGOs and the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. He is now back to his principal passion, helping social movements and causes gain traction through the application of new networked strategies. He writes frequently on these subjects for The Guardian, Mashable, Mobilisation Lab and Open Democracy.
Creative Director, Digital Storytellers
Mikey Leung is a social entrepreneur with matrix-like knowledge of the digital media world. With over 15 years experience in the practise of digital wizardry, he's a Director at Digital Storytellers, a digital production agency based in Sydney, Australia. The focus of the agency is in producing creative films and digital campaigns for the global positive impact sector. Mikey is also a published author, and co-wrote the first and second editions of Bradt Travel Guide to Bangladesh. He’s also a web designer, cinematographer and one of the founders at Digital Storytellers, whose primary project Positive Light, is changing the way the world sees Bangladesh. In September 2012, Mikey spoke about Positive Light at TEDxDhaka.
Community engagement, Digital Storytellers
Natasha specialises in media and marketing for social and environmental good organisations. Natasha spearheads Stories For Impact – Digital Storytellers’ education platform aimed at democratising storytelling using smartphones and accessible technology. Natasha was previously Community Builder at StartSomeGood.com – the leading crowdfunding platform for social impact projects. She began her storytelling journey in Bhutan, where she worked at one of the first non-government newspapers formed after the transition to democracy.
Former Director of Digital Strategies at AFL-CIO & Australian Progress Expert-in-Residence
For the last five years, Nicole led the Digital Strategies team at the AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor federation, to bring the latest in political and organizing technology to the fight for working families. Previously, she was the Organising Director at the Sunlight Foundation, where she worked to build grassroots support for open government initiatives. At Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee she managed the online-to-offline program through the fight for Obamacare. And on Obama's 2008 campaign, she directed the national phonebank program for GOTV after working in a number of other field and digital roles from the primary to the general election. She also used to teach middle school and still gets excited about lesson plan ideas. Nicole’s been involved in campaigning since high school, when she joined the Philadelphia Student Union… and when she organised her drama club to overthrow the tyrannical staff sponsors. She’s been an organiser and campaigner ever since. Nicole is super excited be here in Australia as an Expert-in-Residence for the Centre for Australian Progress. She can talk for hours about campaigning, organising, civic engagement, the labor movement, digital strategies, education policy, organisational change, political technology, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, theatre as pedagogy, and management and leadership development in the progressive movement.
Producer and Director, Digital Storytellers
Tania Sheward is the Melbourne Producer for creative agency Digital Storytellers. The former BBC News Producer has trained Australian tertiary students in Video and Mobile Journalism, covering the art of engaging storytelling and hands-on production. Tania runs workshops for organisations and individuals on crafting visual stories using a smartphone.