Welcome to OurActionStation
What is this?
This 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. You’ll find tools to start a petition, share it with your friends and start growing your campaign.
OurActionStation is a new platform, and the ActionStation office team is still finding our feet with making sure it all runs as it should - so bear with us!
As we’re a small team, unfortunately it’s not possible to give each campaign as much time or attention as we might like. So if you spot something in a petition that’s wrong or seems like it shouldn’t be there, it’s almost certainly because no one’s pointed it out to the office team yet! If you spot something that doesn’t seem right, please do drop the office team a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you’ll find some more information about how OurActionStation works. If you have any more questions, please get in touch.
What can I run a campaign on?
What have you noticed that needs fixing in the world? 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. You can use our website to create campaigns that aim to promote peace and human rights, deepen democracy, protect the environment and create a more just, fair and sustainable society.
There are a few common-sense guidelines to follow of course - any petitions that are offensive, discriminatory, inaccurate, inappropriate (prejudiced, illegal, libellous etc.) or otherwise fail to meet the above community guidelines will be taken down. ActionStation reserves the right to take down any petition at any time.
Once you create your campaign, it will be reviewed by our Member Review Panel (a rotating group of ActionStation members who take responsibility for ensuring that campaigns on OurActionStation are consistent with our community guidelines. 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 okay, as long as they meet our community guidelines which are laid out in full here.
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.
Can campaigns be party political?
ActionStation is a non-party political organisation - so while it's fine for people associated with political parties to start campaigns, that does mean we don't allow political parties to promote themselves through OurActionStation.
How do you 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.
Where can I get help with running my campaign?
You'll find advice on how to run a campaign in the Tips & Guides section. You can also email the office team for suggest improvements and flag up technical problems. More information about ActionStation is available here.
My petition doesn’t appear when I search for it on the site - how come?
Not every campaign will appear in the list of petitions on OurActionStation. This is so the office team can highlight petitions that we think will particularly appeal to ActionStation members. Don’t worry though - petition pages are still live and open for people to sign even if they don’t appear in the list. And since almost all your signatures will come from people sharing your petition, whether or your petition appears in the list will not affect the success of your campaign.
Does ActionStation support every petition?
OurActionStation petitions are endorsed only by those who choose to sign them. They do not necessarily indicate the views of all ActionStation members or the ActionStation staff team. If you don’t agree with a petition, simply don’t sign it. If you think a petition should be taken down for any reason, please flag it and it will be reviewed by the team.
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 with ActionStation.
Can I create a campaign anonymously?
We prefer people to petition the public with their real name to maintain integrity and prevent scams. We also recognise it isn't always possible or safe to share your name. If you cannot or do not want to use your real name, we need an explanation why, and we might ask you to find someone who can lead the campaign with you or ask you to make the reason for your anonymity public.
Besides starting a petition, what else can I do in my campaign?
On OurActionStation you can start a petition, share it with your network and communicate further with your supporters via email.
Once your campaign has had some time to grow, you will be able to organise events and local groups.
OurActionStation 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. You can do this on the "Manage" page of your petition.
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 group, school, fellow consumers, local club; political representative or business leader. It's most effective when you make a point of delivering your petition to your target in 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.
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.
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 site emails you receive.
More about this community...
Think of us like a campaign office. You're welcome to come in and use the space as long as we're working towards the same goals and you respect the people around you. This means:
- This is a space for people who want to create a more progressive world. At time we might disagree with what is and isn't progressive – that's healthy but we reserve the right to remove campaigns that aren't progressive.
- We believe in climate change. If you'd like to debate the science behind it that's fine, the internet is a big place and you can easily do it somewhere else.
- We believe in women's, minority and gay rights and won't stand for racist, sexist or homophobic campaigns in our building.
- This isn't a hotel but more of a share house. You're responsible for keeping your campaign up to a reasonable standard and doing the work to make it a success.
- Not all campaigns will be treated equally. This is a conspiracy of limited time and resources. We have a small budget and overworked staff and will invest more in campaigns who we think are going to make a big impact or are close to winning.
- If you leave nasty comments lying around you'll be asked to leave.
- There might be glitches, bugs and inconveniences along the way as we live together. If this happens please be patient - we'll try to fix things as soon as we can.
- If all that sounds good then welcome, have a look around and make yourself at home. We can't wait to work with you!
Meet the Member Review Panel
Marnie is a proud to be a member of ActionStation. “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow." She had been getting more and more worried about the direction her lovely New Zealand was going. She thought, “What can I do, there’s only me," but it turns out she was wrong. Getting involved with ActionStation has been one of the most positive, affirming things she has done in her life. We can be the change we want to see.
Daughter of an Argentinean diplomat in London, Susi is one of the co-founders of Greenpeace. She bought and named the “Rainbow Warrior," was responsible for the rainbow/dove meme--one of the most recognizable brands of the 21st century--and has campaigned for Friends of the Earth and Oxfam on inequality and climate change. Susi is author of “A Bonfire in my Mouth," currently being developed into a film, and is a documentary film-maker. Her film Kit & Maynie: Tea, Scones and Nuclear Disarmament was nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary at the DocEdge International Festival.
Murdoch Stephens is the spokesperson and researcher for Doing Our Bit, a campaign that seeks to double New Zealand’s refugee quota which has not grown since 1987. He is also editor at Lawrence and Gibson publishing, is working on a PhD at Massey University in Wellington, and co-manages the 19 Tory St art space.
Kyle MacDonald is a psychotherapist and blogger. He is a co-director of the Robert Street Clinic in Ellerslie, Auckland. He has served as the Public Issues spokesperson for the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists (NZAP) since 2012, and is a member of the NZAP Council. Kyle is also a co-host of the long running mental health awareness radio show on NewstalkZB, “The Nutters Club with Mike King”. He is an active campaigner on issues that matter to him, and those that affect the world of psychotherapy and mental health. To see more, including his regular blog: www.psychotherapy.org.nz
Rebekah Sherriff is a big believer in the power of the people to create a better New Zealand for everyone. She recently created the "We Don’t Stop Caring" campaign through ActionStation, calling on the government to raise the age of foster care so that young New Zealanders don’t end up on the streets on their 17th birthday. . Rebekah has a particular interest in ethics and people’s rights, with experience as an advisor to government on how to protect the public’s right to privacy. These days Rebekah works in the charity sector and has worked on campaigns to end mental illness discrimination, give homes to the homeless, and help people with disabilities access the support to which they are entitled.
Mandy Hager is a writer and educator who is deeply concerned about social justice, human rights, and the environment.