Cutting an issue

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Community organizers must 'cut an issue' from a broader social problem in order to effectively mobilize people to action. This set of slides presents considerations in cutting an issue. It is based on the book, Organizing for Social Change, by Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max.

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Cutting an issue

  1. 1. CUTTING AN ISSUE COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
  2. 2. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “PROBLEM” AND AN “ISSUE”?
  3. 3. A problem is something that you don’t like about the world, but that is seemingly too big to do something about (example: pollution). An issue is a solution or partial solution to a problem (example: stopping a specific source of water pollution).
  4. 4. CRITERIA FOR CUTTING AN ISSUE
  5. 5. IT MUST RESULT IN A REAL IMPROVEMENT IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.
  6. 6. IT MUST GIVE PEOPLE A SENSE OF THEIR OWN POWER. Image: Attribution, Non-commercial, Share Alike - Creative Commons license by BC Gov Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/
  7. 7. IT MUST ALTER THE RELATIONS OF POWER.
  8. 8. IT MUST BE WORTHWHILE. image: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License http://panthera-lee.deviantart.com
  9. 9. IT MUST BE WINNABLE.
  10. 10. IT MUST BE WIDELY FELT. image: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. http://commons.wikimedia.org/
  11. 11. IT MUST BE DEEPLY FELT.
  12. 12. IT MUST BE EASY TO UNDERSTAND.
  13. 13. IT MUST HAVE A CLEAR TARGET.
  14. 14. IT MUST HAVE A CLEAR TIME FRAME THAT WORKS FOR YOU. image: Creative Commons, Attribution ShareAlike, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bogenfreund/
  15. 15. IT MUST BE NON-DIVISIVE. image: Creative Commons, by hang_in_there, http://www.flickr.com/photos/59632563@N04/
  16. 16. IT MUST BUILD LEADERSHIP. image: Creative Commons, by hang_in_there, http://www.flickr.com/photos/59632563@N04/
  17. 17. IT MUST SET YOUR ORGANIZATION UP FOR THE NEXT CAMPAIGN.
  18. 18. IT MUST HAVE A POCKETBOOK ANGLE. image: CC Attribution, ShareAlike, http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartpilbrow/
  19. 19. IT MUST RAI$E MONEY.
  20. 20. IT MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR VALUES AND VISION.
  21. 21. For details, see this book.
  22. 22. www.mncampuscompact.org/clio

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