Thursday, September 04, 2008

Community Organizing

Community Organizers' Guide
"Social change takes place, and is more effective, when people work together in an organized way. People choose the methods that make the most sense to them and seem most likely to achieve their goals.
Here are seven basic principles to follow in building a movement for social change:
Social Transformation
Economic Equality
Direct Democracy
Social Equality
Environmental Sustainability
Eight steps to organizing:
Identify the issue
Get background information on the issue
Define goals
Plan strategies
Get support
Take action
Assess results, and
Modify strategy and act again."
Sign me up.
Photo: A silkworm community industry in Japan


Blogger Kadimiros said...

Here's a sharp comparison:

Now, the truth is that, starting at age 23, Obama ran a faith-based charity called the Developing Communities Project.

It was made up of eight Catholic parishes when he got there and had one staff member. He was its director, meaning he was in charge. He made decisions about it, including staffing, budgets, etc. And when he left in 1988 to go to law school, he had grown its budget from $70,000 to $400,000, its staff from 1 to 13 people. More important, he created a job training program for this community and a college prep tutoring program.

As mayor, she built a hockey rink/rec center using eminent domain (because apparently there just isn't enough land in Alaska).

And keep in mind the timeline here: Obama did this as a young man BEFORE going to law school, becoming a successful lawyer and a law professor.

I don't think it's right to attack someone for working in a faith-based charity out of college. I think we all have some embarrassing first-jobs in our past. I would not make fun of Palin for being a beauty queen and sports reporter out of college during these same years. Although, I do think Obama's experience shaped his political future a bit better...


6/9/08 8:11 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Excellent! It translates into management skills that certainly could come in handy. Everything he touches responds to his executive talent.

Thanks for this.

23 years old. Geeez.

6/9/08 3:48 PM  

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