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.

Developing External Relationships

Developing external relationships

In this chapter, you will Learn:

  • ♦ Lasting relationships are built on continued mutual benefit.
  • ♦ Definitions of value and worth.
  • ♦ The importance of reciprocity.
  • ♦ To treat powerful people as equals.

In the next four chapters, you will start to learn how to use consensus organizing techniques to increase your effectiveness in helping others. As always, take your time, read, and reflect. Some of the points may seem a little obvious; but try to think them through and apply them to some of your real circumstances. I know you can do it. Don't restrict yourself to the way you have always thought. Don't keep yourself boxed in. Let's get started.

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