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.
Chapter 10: 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, ...