Networks of Community Organizations
There are natural community organizers. I studied Ted
Watkins work in the early 1980s, but my real mentors were Ms. Nora King, of Nickerson Gardens
and former Vice Chancellor of UCLA, C. Z. Wilson.
Part I Saul Alinsky
Part II Ernesto Cortez
- Excerpts from Book Rules for Radicals (press
- A critique of Alinsky-style organizing in
contemporary life - Paper - The Square Pegs Find Their Groove:
Reshaping the Organizing Circle by Francis Calpotura and Kim
- Robert Slayton, Review of S. Horwitt LET
THEM CALL ME REBEL: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF SAUL ALINSKY (New
York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987) (press
- Sol's successor - a more bureaucratic model
here) for brief overview -Power to the People: Twenty
Years of Community Organizing Adapted from The Workbook,
Summer 1994. Copyright 1994, 1996, by David Walls.
- Ernesto Cortez Jr. (press
here). Industrial Areas Foundation site (click
- Paper (Click
here) Campaign for Human Development Part II: The Chicago
Story By Scott Weinberg October, 1995
- Cortez Jr. on Reweaving the Social Fabric (press
- Paper (click
here) Reconnecting Power and Vision by Harry Boyte
- Paper (click
here) "YOU WILL REBUILD YOUR ANCIENT RUINS":
RELIGION, THE IAF, AND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZING IN
METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE by Michael Byrd
- Dissertation (press
here). CREATING A MULTI-RACIAL DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY: A
CASE STUDY OF THE TEXAS INDUSTRIAL AREAS FOUNDATION by Mark R.
Warren Center for International Affairs Harvard University
- Actions (press
here) INTER-FAITH ORGANIZING ACTIVITIES IN CALIFORNIA,
MARYLAND AND NEW YORK. In NY (press
here). In Los Angeles (press
here). For Texas (press
- So, You
Want to Be a Community Organizer... Tracie McMillan, City
Limits August 20, 2001
- Carlos Provencio
-RUNNING DEER Carlos was part of Industrial Areas
Foundation - Does Community Organizing here in New
- ACORN's 25 year history (press
here). ACORN Workbooks (press
Case studies of community organizing.
- Check ACORN, DART,
Gamaliel, the Industrial Areas Foundation, PICO, NTIC, OLTC,
Midwest Academy approaches. (Click
here) for strengths and weaknesses of project and
power-based community large-scale change models.
- Linking Activism and Academics COMM-ORG,
which has over 650 members representing over a dozen nations.
For great list of Working Papers (press
PART III: Reinventing Government
After Reengineering lost popularity in the downsizing
craze in industry, it keeps consultants in billable hours in the reinventing
goverment efforts at restrucuration. The
Mike Hammer Reinventing Government Awards consist of little hammers
you get to wear on your lapel if you have reinvented government. There
appear to be two related intiatives. One is RGN, the other America Speaks
The Reinventing Government Network (RGN)
is a transorganizational association of various
individuals and organizations from around the world, seeking innovative
public-sector reform. RGN currently has associates in the United States,
Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
America Speaks is an effort to bring more local and
informed dialogue to democracy. It is a move away from representative
democracy as it is currently practiced, but is not direct democracy (as
for example in Emery's Participative Design for Participative Democracy).
There are many
claims and counter-claims:
PART IV Direct Participative Democracy
BEYOND 2-PARTY DEMOCRACY - The Greens
What is Inclusive Democracy? (press
Inclusive democracy is a new conception of democracy,
which, using as a starting point the classical definition of it, expresses
democracy in terms of direct political democracy, economic democracy (beyond
the confines of the market economy and state planning), as well as democracy
in the social realm and ecological democracy.
In short, inclusive democracy is a form of social organisation which re-integrates
society with economy, polity and nature.
PARTY SOLUTIONS - Reinventing Government
Really Reinventing Government Both parties promise
to reinvent government. We asked the father of corporate restructuring
to show them how by Peter F. Drucker (press
here). Feb, 1995. Atlantic Monthly. "Vice President Al Gore's promise
to "reinvent government," proclaimed with great fanfare in the first year
of the Clinton Administration, produced only a nationwide yawn."
Remarks at the Reinventing Government Conference
by James D. Wolfensohn President The World Bank Group Washington
D.C., January 15, 1999 (press
REINVENTING GOVERNMENT OR REINVENTING OURSELVES
The Role of Citizen Owners in Making a Better Government Hindy Lauer Schachter
Vice President Gore's "reinventing government" initiative
(press here) has made a
significant contribution toward achieving President Clinton's New Democrat
campaign promise to provide a "government that works better and costs less."
Auditing and Reinventing Government CITY OF SEATTLE
Report #1 December 1, 1993 (press
’Reinventing government’ applies to researchers,
too By Beth Azar American Psyschological Association Monitor (press
here) A new law calls on scientists to submit goals that show their
work aligns with government's public-policy aims.
America Speaks - (press
here for home page) -Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer - Chairperson- What structures
and processes of governance can we fashion so that citizens can once again
participate authentically in the policy decisions which are made in their
names to solve their problems?
BUILDING A FRAMEWORK FOR DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL
A Working Paper on Governance by AmericaSpeaks Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer,
et. al. 1997 (press
Democracy occurs in communities. While
the citizen is the fundamental unit of a democracy and the family is the
core of our society, democracy exists and thrives only within the
interactions among citizens. While individual expression is essential,
democracy is not really about solitary processes such as voting --
whether via the internet or within a curtained voting booth. Citizens in
dialogue, articulating the values they share and understanding their differences,
reaching conclusions which art acted upon -- that is the core democratic
image we must nurture.
Shared responsibilities. Each community
member must recognize the part he or she plays in the health of the community's
democratic condition. Rather than becoming involved to fight a "not in
my backyard" issue, participation can be motivated by an understanding
that we sink or swim together. This awareness that our society is the sum
of each of our actions moves the community beyond fractionary interest
Public trust. The only way a healthy democracy
can be sustained is through public trust. Trust depends upon inclusive
processes overseen by leaders acting as stewards, who articulate and deliberate
citizen concerns and bring all views to the table. It is such processes
-- managed by leaders serving as stewards, not as career politicians --
which evoke the public's trust and are the foundation of the true
authority of leaders in a democratic polity.
Healthy struggle. We believe that creative
tensions are imbedded in society's most contentious issues. These tensions
are the heart of democratic struggle and are the wellspring of a vibrant,
vigorous society; they must be worked out in public, in direct processes
that engage citizens and leaders in open dialogue.
"Both-and" relationships. The capacity
to find common ground amongst, and incorporation of, diverse solutions
must be restored, sanctioned, and preserved. The processes that yield to
accommodation and integration must be strengthened and pushed to meet the
healthy challenges of diversity in America.
Thoughtful deliberation. Supporting the
five foregoing principles is the capacity for thoughtful
deliberation. The necessary skills include listening,
inclusion, mediation, dialogue, reflection, and closure, each
of which is recognized as a fundamental tool for strong and effective governance.
(press here) to find the following
and other items:
Participatory Economics Michael Albert
(press here) "According to
most economists, the activities of separate groups of producers and consumers
can be coordinated by markets or by authoritarian planning—but there
is no "third way." ... We disagree. The truth is that socialism as originally
conceived has never been tried, but not because it is impossible. Council
communists, syndicalists, anarchists, and guild socialists fell short of
spelling out a coherent, theoretical model explaining how such a system
ParEcon, Anarchy and Politics by Brian Dominick
"One of the most common questions posed by anarchists looking at the parecon
model concerns the existence, or nonexistence, of a state in a society
with a functioning participatory economy."
Direct Democracy ...the only just form of government...(press
here). "In a direct democracy there are no represenatives. All decisions
are made at the level of the people. When a budget or law needs to be passed,
then the idea goes to the people. This obviously could get very complicated
but if broken down into state levels of the same system it could be sorted
out. There would be no political action groups because they would have
to "pay off" the entire population of the country. Corruption and
"pork" would be eliminated. Taxes could not be raised without the permission
of the people. The few would no longer rule the many and the government
would not cost billions of dollars just to operate.
DEMOCRACY & NATURE -THE INTERNATIONAL
JOURNAL OF INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY (press
The First International Congress on Direct Democracy
was convened in Pribram (a suburb of Prague), in the Czech Republic, on
August 25-27, 1998 (press
The Debating room - Direct Democracy - What's if
ISDW - Institute for the Study of Distributed Work
(press here) Charles
E. Grantham - Telecommunities electronically integrate work, education,
and civic action. Summary: Increasingly, a worker is no longer required
to transport himself to work; the work can be moved to him. As corporations
expand their market and human resource base, the trend to distribute work
will become a significant factor in the recruitment, training, and retention
of qualified employees. In urban areas, this takes the form of collaborative
relationships with community development leaders and other businesses committed
to the urban infrastructure.
Democracy: Can the development of telecommunities
foster a greater rate of citizen participation in the political process?
Can this process create an opportunity for movement toward a more direct
participatory form of democracy than we currently have?
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