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Title: Community Organizing Training Series


1
Community Organizing Training Series
  • Part 1 Relational Power
  • Part 2 Building Powerful Organizations
  • Part 3 Initiating Public Relationships

2
Key Themes of Community Organizing
  • Power
  • Self-interests
  • Relationships

3
Definition of Power
  • To be able
  • The ability to act

4
Ways of Understanding Power
  • Dominant Power
  • Unilateral (one-way)
  • Zero-sum
  • Power over
  • Relational Power
  • Multi-lateral
  • Increasing
  • Power with

5
Discuss with Partner
  • Tell a story of a time in you life when you were
    acted on by dominant power, and what if anything
    you did about it.
  • Keep the story public
  • Spend 5 minutes swapping stories.

6
Sources of Power in a Democracy
  • Position
  • Organized Money
  • Organized People

7
Context for Community Organizing
Values administration/control Power Position
Values Profit Power Organized
  • Public Sector
  • Elected officials
  • (national, state, and local)
  • Government Agencies
  • Private Sector
  • Financial Services
  • Energy companies
  • Real Estate/Construction
  • Health Care/Insurance
  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations
Campaign Donations
  • Civic Sector
  • Families
  • Religious Congregations
  • Labor Unions
  • Civic associations
  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers
Voters/Taxpayers
Values All other motives Power Organized People
and organized
8
Context for Community Organizing
Values administration/control Power Position
Values Profit Power Organized
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector

Contracts/grants/regulations
Campaign Donations
Civic Sector
Workers/Consumers
Voters/Taxpayers
Values All other motives Power Organized People
and organized
9
Three Levels of Power
  • Get to the table
  • Make a deal
  • Keep a deal

10
Our Purpose Relational Power for Justice
  • Ability to get to the decision making table and
    negotiate on behalf of our interests and values
  • Make and keep deals
  • Organizing our people and our money

11
Paul Tillich on Power
  • Power without love tyranny
  • Love without power sentimentality
  • Power Love Justice

12
Frederick Douglas on Power
  • Power concedes nothing without a demand. It
    never did and it never will.

13
Next Trainings
  • Homework Malcolm Gladwell Article
  • October 14, 7-9 pm
  • Tifereth Israel
  • Theme Building powerful organizations
  • October 21, 7-9 pm
  • Trinity Cathedral
  • Theme Initiating Public Relationships
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