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.

Forming Partnerships

Forming partnerships

In this chapter, you will Learn:

  • ♦ The consensus organizer's definition of partnership.
  • ♦ Six specific steps for forming partnerships.
  • ♦ The proper roles of partners.
  • ♦ How to “flip” an issue.

Talk about a buzzword! Partnerships. This word is so overused and overworked that it's almost to the point where it has lost all meaning. Want to buy a new car? Form a partnership with Chevy. Want to make more money? Form a partnership with an on-line program to start a business. Fall in love? Move in with your partner. It's almost as if any human interaction you have in your life is now referred to as a partnership. Any word that broadens to that degree can lose most of its meaning. For our purposes, we ...

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