Thank you, Randy

June 21, 2015 | By: James Whelan

Randy Stoecker

Since the mid 1990s, Randy Stoecker has created and shared the awesome Comm-Org list-serve. At a time when e-groups were new and (in Australia, at least), sharing resources about community organising was radical pioneering work, Randy collated, curated and disseminated a growing collection of case studies, a calendar of workshops and conferences, and research papers written by and for organisers. Comm-Org has been an inspiration to the Change Agency team. Randy visited us in Australia in the mid 2000s for a holiday and to lead workshops with community organisers and activist academics.

Randy recently shared the news that his regular newsletter will cease and that the future of the extensive Comm-Org archive – hosted by the University of Wisconsin – is uncertain. If you haven’t scanned the collection before, now’s the time.

Thank you Randy, deeply and sincerely, for your lifetime commitment to and passion for organising. Comm-Org has made a huge contribution to the practice and understanding of community organising, and to the lives of community members here and around the world.

About the Author

James Whelan

James Whelan

James is co-founder of the Change Agency and director of our Community Organising Fellowship.

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