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.

Issues Analysis

Issues analysis

In this chapter, you will Learn:

  • ♦ The importance of listening.
  • ♦ How to do individual interviews.
  • ♦ How to determine commitment.
  • ♦ The importance of social capital.

There is certainly no shortage of problems that need to be addressed in low-income and working-class neighborhoods. There usually is no shortage of social service providers in these same neighborhoods. Frequently social service agencies declare which problems need to be addressed in a given community how they are going to be addressed, and who will address them. (Surprise! Themselves!) Organizers do the opposite. They look at what community members want to change and develop their personal commitment to do so. Organizers must look at their role in a very different way. Invariably, students think the first thing to ...

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