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 in nature and developed by our local SEE-Change groups to best meet the needs and interests of their local communities.
The local-based projects delivered by SEE-Change have consisted of:
- solar panel and electric bike bulk buys
- set-up of a bike trailer hire service
- an ecological footprint study across three suburbs
- 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 Conversation events
- 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, which allows an office to be maintained in Downer and employment of an Executive Officer, Administration Officer and Project Officers.
SEE-Change is an independent organisation that is not affiliated with any other organisation.