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.

Program Design

Program design

In this chapter, you will Learn:

  • ♦ How to develop a mandate.
  • ♦ How to reach a shared goal.
  • ♦ How to frame your conversations.
  • ♦ How to put everyone in a proper role.
  • ♦ How to begin implementation of your program.

In many organizing models, you seldom, if ever, have to design and implement a program. Instead, you focus on getting other people to do something the way you want them to do it. You pressure them to do their job better. You steer them in the direction the community wants. You tell them what to do (put in a streetlight, provide better police protection, fix the plumbing in the apartment complex), and if they see the power of the people you have organized, they do ...

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