SEE-Change is a community, not-for-profit group focused on local grass roots action in Canberra.
The ‘SEE’ in SEE-Change stands for Society, the Environment and the Economy.
Our mission is to inspire, inform and support action to:
- reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint
- improve the resilience of the ecosystem, and
- enhance the wellbeing of all individuals.
Our activities are practical and developed by local SEE-Change groups to best meet the needs and interests of their local community.
The local-based projects include:
- solar panel and electric bike bulk buys
- set-up of a bike trailer hire service
- Transition Streets
- sustainable house tours
- a series of ‘Sustainability in the Suburbs’ events
- regular ‘over the back fence tours’ that allow people to tour a sustainable house or garden of another SEE-Change member
- film nights
- seminars, talks and educational workshops
- progressive dinners
- community festivals
- Kitchen Table Conversations
- planning submissions related to local areas
- house blitz draught-proofing events
- and much more!
We also create workable, collaborative community project models that can be picked up by other community groups Australia-wide, and collaborate with local businesses to provide discounts and special offers to our members.
SEE-Change is only a small part of a rich ecosystem of community groups in Canberra, and so wherever possible we collaborate with other groups.
The SEE-Change Book
Bob Douglas, one of the founding members of SEE-Change, published a book in 2006 about the SEE-Change approach titled: SEE-Change Centres – Grey Power and Hope. An update to this book was published in 2009.
- Download the SEE-Change book.
- Download the SEE-Change book update 2009.
- Borrow the SEE-Change book from the National Library of Australia.
- Purchase a copy of the SEE-Change book from the SEE-Change office.
What continues to make SEE-Change unique, is that SEE-Change local community groups are the main heart of SEE-Change activity.
While there is a central SEE-Change office, how SEE-Change local groups decide to achieve the SEE-Change Mission and Vision is open to creativity and the interests and needs of those involved.
The SEE-Change governance structure is designed to provide organisation-wide cohesion and support, while at the same time fostering diversity and independence in the local groups.
The role of SEE-Change is seen as one of enabling groups of citizens to work together on projects that matter to them – rather than telling people what to do.
SEE-Change is funded by the ACT government. This funds the Downer office and part-time Executive Officer and Project Officer/s.
SEE-Change is an independent organisation that is not affiliated with any other organisation.