Category Archives: Community organizing

Community Leadership Development: A Compendium of Theory, Research, and Application

The development of leadership capacities addresses a vital and continuing need in communities and organizations as they attempt to adapt to a wide range of social, economic, environmental, and political changes. Leadership development activities that focus on building new skills and fostering … Continue reading

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Community Entrepreneurship – A framework for Social Change Leadership

The objectives of this article are to: (1) characterize the special requirements for practicing leadership in community-based, social change settings; (2) identify a distinctive kind of leadership, called community entrepreneurship, which is appropriate to such settings; and (3) draw implications … Continue reading

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Community Organizing Models

Assessing unique social action approaches throughout history to determine their ongoing influence and to assess new or adapted models emerging today. Models Summarized: Alinksy, Faith-Based Community Organizing, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Civil Disobedience, Conciousness-Raising,  Asset-Based Community Development,  Spiritual Activism,  Social … Continue reading

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The Collective Leadership Framework for Community Change

Collective leadership is still an emerging field, so there is not one,common definition. It is, however, about embracing and marshalling human, cultural and technological resources in ways that enable local people to work together to improve their communities for the … Continue reading

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Mass Localism – A way to help small communities solve big social challenges

Policymakers increasingly recognise that many of the solutions to major social challenges – from tackling climate change to improving public health – need to be much more local. Local solutions are frequently very effective, as they reflect the needs of … Continue reading

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Saul Alinsky, community organizing and rules for radicals

Saul Alinsky‘s work is an important reference point for thinking about community organizing and community development. His books Reveille for Radicals (1946) and Rules for Radicals (1971) were both classic explorations of organizing and remain popular today. Mike Seal examines … Continue reading

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How should we organize ourselves in the 21st century?

How do we organise ourselves to achieve our political aims? It is an age-old question, with the answer often revolving around two poles of attraction, the centralised cadre versus the decentralised loose network. Symptoms of the general structural instability of … Continue reading

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#yeswecamp: nosotros sí podemos

Read Las TIC han generado posibilidades reales de participación:  “No somos los mismos desde que estamos en las redes sociales”, decía Castells en motivo de la revolución Egipcia. Las redes sociales, abundantes en posibilidades de participación, han causado un empoderamiento … Continue reading

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