In recent years, Saul Alinsky has become known for of his connections to prominent figures inside Washington, D.C. In the 1980s, Barack Obama cut his political teeth as an organizer in an Alinskyite community organization, an initiative on the South Side of Chicago known as the Developing Communities Project… There is some irony to these beltway associations, given that Alinsky built his reputation as an anti-establishment radical working squarely outside the domain of electoral politics…
Anita Tang writes: “When the chance came to meet Daniel in Sydney and to hear more of his insights from the campaign, I leapt at the opportunity! The book itself is full of lessons, insights, and practical tips on almost every page – far too many to summarise. Listening to Daniel in Sydney though, helped crystallise 5 particular insights from his work…”
An interactive on-line game from the US that takes you through the steps involved in doorknocking as a community organising tactic. The steps include: assessing a home from outside, getting in the door, breaking the ice, explaining the organisation…
Local organizers are passionate people who see the value in connecting networks and groups for more collaboration on a local and global scale. Many organizers say that they find new work and new projects, meet new contacts and grow a larger network, as well as have fun and make new friends. Whether you are new to your location or have lived there for years, starting a local group and serving as an organizer can help you and help your community!
Would you like to become a more effective advocate on an issue? Ever wondered about the best way to organize a campaign? Would you like to increase your communication skills? If so there is a great resource available to you: The Sierra Club Grassroots Organizing Training Manual!
Organizing for Power is a project of The Alliance of Community Trainers. ACT offers knowledge, tools, and skills to individuals, organizations and communities to empower sustainable transformation. Great collection of resources, especially on anti-oppression.
Joel Dignam reviews Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom’s ‘The Starfish and the Spider’. Decentralisation is so hot...
Rahindranith Tagore, Bengali poet
To join with people so we can work with rather than for them, we need to position ourselves to hear their stories and to work with their goals and agenda... in effect to see through the eyes of the other.
To join with people so we can work with rather than for them, we need to position ourselves to hear their stories and to work with their goals and agenda… in effect to see through the eyes of the other.
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