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 5: Cultural Competency in Consensus Organizing
Cultural Competency in Consensus Organizing
In this chapter, you will Learn:
- ♦ The importance of your own history.
- ♦ How to use differences to gain perspective.
- ♦ How to bring people together using both their differences and their similarities.
In consensus organizing, you work with a large number of very different people. You have the opportunity to see how differences in race, age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation cut across consciousness. Sometimes these differences can divide us like thin paper shredded on a windy day. We live in very different worlds and very divided times. Some people prey on any difference they can find to put wedges between us, making our separateness feel natural, inevitable, and even sometimes desirable. Many times after the 9/11 attacks ...