What is CommunityRun?
CommunityRun is a new project to allow you to start, run and deliver your own campaign on just about anything, with the technology you need at your fingertips.
It can be big or small, heroic or ordinary. This is about power to the people. If you have an idea to make your community, your school, your local playground or the planet a better place, we offer this platform to assist you.
How is CommunityRun funded?
CommunityRun is a project of GetUp Australia. It receives no political party or government funding and is not affiliated with any political party.
GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation that works to build a more progressive Australia. GetUp does have a positive 'big picture' agenda: to advance environmental sustainability, social justice, economic fairness and empower everyday people to be active participants in our democracy.
We've built CommunityRun because we know that there are many people with ideas and campaigns for change ready to take off, and this platform can help.
Who can run a campaign?
Anyone can start a campaign. All you need to do is click 'start a campaign' on the top right hand side of the page.
What can I run a campaign on?
What have you noticed that needs fixing? Where do you see an opportunity for positive change? Your campaign need not be limited to particular issues or locations. Your audience can be global or local.
When starting a campaign the most important step is to get the ball rolling - don't worry about getting everything 100% right. Even experienced, professional campaigners make mistakes and often change tack as things develop. You don't need to be an expert to launch a campaign, you just need to be willing to learn new things along the way.
For advice on how to write a winning campaign page, visit our blog post 'Starting your campaign'.
What can't I campaign on? If it's on this website does that mean GetUp endorses or agrees with my campaign?
While GetUp has created this platform for you to use, campaigns here are not run or endorsed by GetUp. In fact, as the community of users grows we expect we'll probably see campaigns we don't agree with, campaigns that might seem a bit random and or just plain kooky. That's fine with us, as long as it's not defamatory, discriminatory, illegal you get the idea.
It comes down to this: does your campaign promote or incite violence? Does it promote bullying, or advocate discrimination based on someone's gender, sex, religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation? Is it defamatory? No? Excellent. We're all good.
We reserve the right to use our judgment and take something down if it crosses a line of common decency, so take responsibility for your campaign.
I have a specific question about using CommunityRun or my petition...
Can't see the number of signatures? Petition isn't public on the site? Want to add a team member to your campaign? No dramas! These questions (and more) are all answered on our blog post 'Help I have questions about using the website'.
How does CommunityRun decide which campaigns go on the homepage?
A number of factors contribute to what campaigns are highlighted on the homepage. These include campaigns that are on the edge of winning, campaigns that have shown rapid growth and campaigns that are particularly timely. e.g. a campaign for women's rights will be more likely highlighted around International Women's Day.
Can I contact people who sign my petition?
Want some advice on building and maintaining good relationships with your base? Visit our blog post 'Communicating with supporters: What happens after I send an email?'
Who controls the data on the site?
While you are able to email your supporters through the website, privacy laws prevent us from sharing your supporters' email addresses with you. The data collected on and through the site will remain the property of GetUp Australia.
Besides starting a petition, what else can I do in my campaign?
On CommunityRun you can start a petition, share it with your network and communicate further with your supporters via email.
CommunityRun also helps you take your campaign to the street. For instance, you can download a blank copy of your petition, collect signatures in person and then enter your data easily into the system. You can also download a finished copy of your petition to print and deliver to your target.
You can access all of these features from the manage page
This is a tool that allows anyone, anywhere to take a campaign from start to finish.
Can I cancel my petition?
Yes. When you first created your petition, you received an email from email@example.com with the link to manage your petition. Go to 'manage' and click on the 'hide' button. Your petition will now no longer be visible to the public.
How can I make my campaign better?
There are heaps of different tactics that can help make a campaign more effective, from keeping people engaged on social media to hosting your very own press conference to spreading the word in your local community!
Head over to our campaigns blog for some handy tips and tricks.
How will signing petitions make a difference?
Petitions provide a useful snapshot of the level of public support for an issue and put forward a list of people who all share a common commitment or concern. And they don't always need a big number to make a big impact - think about a local issue where a petition of 20 neighbours on one street would require someone to sit up and take notice.
Petitions can be the catalyst for conversations that change how people think: conversations with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, church groups, schools, fellow consumers, local clubs, political representatives or business leaders. It's most effective when you make a point of delivering your petition to your target in a personal, high-profile or creative way, explaining why supporters feel the way they do. But it probably won't do much if you just start a petition and walk away.
As our site develops further we'll also be adding other features to help you create change and win your campaign.
I'm loving this and I want to learn more. Where do I go from here?
Ah, grasshopper. You have understood the principles of campaigning 101 and are ready for more advanced teachings. Excellent.
Here's the thing. Sometimes your campaign is won pretty quickly, and that's an amazing feeling. Other times, a campaign needs a movement of supporters behind it to really succeed. When the barriers to change are high this tends to be the case.
And that's when you need to build a movement.
Movements are diverse groups of people who probably have different skills, professions and interests but are united around a common purpose. These individuals can communicate why an issue is important to them and will often experiment together with different tactics over time to build power and instigate long lasting change.
You can't build a movement alone. A movement is born from a team of people with complementary strengths and diverse skill sets. Real movements grow through collaboration and skill sharing, and while some may step forward more naturally to be leaders, everyone has a part to play.
To build a movement, you need to find other people who care about the issue but have different skills from you. If you're a great writer, find someone who's good at accounting. If you're not a people person, find someone who is. Build and invest in those personal relationships to ensure your team is strong and diverse.
You can also keep up with great ideas and learnings on our blog.
Can I find out more about privacy policies?
I no longer wish to receive updates on a campaign I signed up to. How do I unsubscribe?
It's sad to see you go, but you can unsubscribe by clicking the 'unsubscribe' link in the email.
I have an idea for how this website would work better. How do I tell you?
If you have any feedback please send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org