The Progressive Tech Network is building a world progressive organisations and activists have the best tools possible, and the skills and support to use them to win.
To achieve this, we're bringing together a national collective of nonprofits, campaigning organisations, unions, vendors, agencies, and grassroots groups to build a thriving community, create accessible pathways to tech, widen access to innovative tech and drive collaboration across the sector.
ProgTech is in its founding stages with a key focus on learning about the shared needs of the sector, developing the key interventions we can make through collaboration and expanding our membership network on a national scale to amplify our impact.
ProgTech is incubated by the Centre for Australian Progress.
It’s hard enough to win progressive change. It’s harder when our tech doesn’t work for us, and when we’re trying to solve our common challenges in isolation.
In 2020, we ran a tech consultation with more than 50 organisations across the progressive sector in Australia. Our results, plus meetings with key stakeholders and our own experience, tell us strongly that the progressive sector is lagging behind.
Organisations report that they’re constantly reinventing the wheel, operating in silos, using inadequate tools with insufficient skills, making do with minimal investment, that the tech space is exclusionary, that tech staff are often unsupported, and that we’re not doing the long term movement wide thinking on tech that we need.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Networks like the Progressive Coders Network (US); the Movement Cooperative (US) and the OPEN Tech Network (international) show us how much we have to gain from working and learning together here in Australia.
But it will take organisations coming together as a network to build the relationships and trust needed for tech collaboration to take root.
ProgTech is made up of partner organisations, and their staff, volunteers and activists. Our organisations are unions, environmental organisations, community groups, progressive tech agencies and vendors, First Nations organisations, anti-racist groups, women's rights campaigners, LGBTQIA+ organisations & more. We are all committed to intersectional system change - and we are committed to teaming up on tech because we recognise that our fights are bound together.
You can express interest in your organisation joining here, and a member of the team will be in touch. ProgTech is for progressive campaigning and movement building organisations, and the technologists and vendors that support us - apolitical businesses contribute great things, but aren't a fit for this network. ProgTech is also not a network for political parties.
ProgTech acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the stolen lands on which we work. We pay respect to First Nations elders past, present and emerging - sovereignty has never been ceded, and the process of colonisation continues today. We are committed to supporting the leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the progressive space.