The first new form of community organizing since Saul Alinsky, this book connects the poor to the rest of society. Written in a logical, teachable, and pragmatic style, Consensus Organizing: Building Communities of Mutual Self Interest is a model of social change for the 21st century. Through real examples, author Mike Eichler illustrates how anyone can practice consensus organizing and help the poor, forgotten, and disempowered.

Building Institutional Relationships

Building institutional relationships

In this chapter, you will Learn:

  • ♦ How to deal with bureaucracies.
  • ♦ How to work effectively with for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
  • ♦ How to build relationships with private philanthropies.

We've talked a lot about how to get to know an individual, find out his or her self-interest, and then match it to others. Many times, out in the community, we are faced with a more complicated task. We will have to attempt to build a relationship with an entire organization. That organization might be a school, a whole department within city government, a for-profit business like a bank, or a nonprofit like a civil rights organization. We might desire a positive relationship with a particular organization because of its power, prestige, skills, money, ...

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