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.

The Future of Consensus Organizing

The future of consensus organizing

In this chapter, you will Learn:

  • ♦ The importance of doing something that “works.”
  • ♦ External resources need to have a real participatory role.
  • ♦ The four walls that can prevent you from practicing consensus organizing.

There are many different efforts underway to help those in need throughout the United States. People with noble purpose, dedication, immense effort, and personal resolve initiate most of these efforts; but you need to look at the motivation behind these efforts. Is a particular effort lasting and strategic or more of a flash-in-the-pan emotional reaction to a crisis? You need to look and judge every effort based on actual results, not on purity of purpose.

You need to look at and judge every effort ...

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