“The world is changing rapidly and the practice of community organizing needs to change with it. Representing both an homage to, and a departure from the “alinsky traditions” of organizing, Consensus Organizing offers techniques that are specifically designed for urban and rural communities struggling to succeed in the global economy and the information age. Ohmer and DeMasi are experienced organizers who offer a relentlessly thorough examination of the process of bringing diverse communities together to make change and to bridge the ethnic and economic divisions that keep many communities from succeeding.”
—Bill Traynor Executive Director, Lawrence CommunityWorks Inc.
A person doesn't have to be a consensus organizer to think like one. Consensus Organizing: A Community Development WorkbookA Comprehensive Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Community Change Initiatives helps students and practitioners begin to think like consensus organizers and incorporate this way of strategic thinking into their lives and their work. Through a wide range of exercises, role-play activities, case scenarios, and discussion questions, this workbook presents the conceptual framework for consensus organizing and provides a practical and experiential approach to understanding and applying consensus organizing to address a range of issues. This workbook is designed to be used by itself or along with Mike Eichler's text Consensus Organizing: Building Communities of Mutual Self Interest (SAGE, 2007).
Key Features and Benefits
Provides a step-by-step guide on how to conduct a community analysis of both internal and external neighborhood resources; Brings consensus organizing to life through case studies based on the real-life experiences of the authors; Offers field exercises that engage the reader in applying and practicing consensus organizing; Provides practical tools that community organizers and practitioners can use in their daily work; Includes a sample job description, work plan, monitoring report, and field report for hiring and supervising consensus organizers; Presents tools for describing and evaluating consensus organizing and community-level interventions
Instructors and students have access to the many activities and cases on the accompanying website at http://www.sagepub.com/ohmerstudy/.
Wrap-Up: The Community Analysis—Tying it All Together
The consensus organizer uses the community analysis to target his or her efforts in local communities, and develop relationships and potential organizing strategies. But what does the consensus organizer look for in the community analysis? What key community characteristics or factors are important? What “red flags” should a consensus organizer look out for when determining neighborhoods in which to target their efforts? The purpose of this section is to explain the overall strategic issues to consider for consensus organizing initiatives.
Unlike those working with social or community development programs in which the neediest or most devastated communities get the most help, a consensus organizer looks for neighborhoods with strengths that can be leveraged ...