In a democracy there are only two types of power. There’s organised people and organised money. Organised money only wins when people aren’t organised.
— Benjamin Todd Jealous
The Community Organising Guide is a unique resource for campaigners, community leaders and activist educators. It’s a collection of 39 process guides, 50 handouts, 4 original case studies and 3 sample workshop schedules; essential ammunition to design and lead participatory workshops on community organising with activists, organisers and citizens. The 296 pages of training resources deepen our understanding of core organising skills: relational meetings and self-interest, the power of story in organising, building alliances, coalitions and networks, holding decision-makers accountable, leadership development, recruitment, doorknocking and phonebanking.
The Community Organising Guide draws on wisdom gained in social movements over several decades. It doesn’t advocate ‘one right way’, but integrates broad-based, social movement and grassroots organising approaches. The Guide is the second of six instalments in the People Power Manual series and follows the August 2015 launch of our Campaign Strategy Guide.
The Community Organising Guide was launched during the 2017 Organise conference in Sydney. The Guide is available in electronic form and in hard copy from the Change Agency website.
The People Power Manual is an initiative of Pasifika and the Change Agency. This manual has been prepared and printed with support from the Nancy Shelley Bequest Fund of the Blue Mountains Local Meeting Incorporated.