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Michael Pulsford

I’m currently a community organiser with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Previously, I coordinated divestment campaigning with in Melbourne. I was particularly interested in divestment as a tool for movement building: how the climate movement can reach new people, and give them tools and hope by paying attention to where the money is, especially bank deposits held by institutions to which we belong: councils, churches, schools and so on. I also convened the Fossil Free RMIT campaign at RMIT University, where I was teaching.

When I studied sound at university the structure of the course encouraged fragmentation, and it was easy to lose touch with people after first year, and almost certainly after they graduated. I started a club, organised a series of Friday performances and end-of-semester events for students to perform and socialise at, and started an online community site where we could discuss things and post what we were working on.