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A Community Organizing Workshop for incoming MACC VISTAs

A Community Organizing Workshop for incoming MACC VISTAs


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  • 1. Community Organizing
    • Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA Training
    • Tuesday, July 27th 2010
  • 2. What you’ll get
    • Understand the definition, forms, stages, and components of community organizing
    • Learn Practical Skills Like One-ON-Ones and Power Mapping
    • Use Your new skills to solve a real Life Problem
  • 3. Workshop Overview
    • defining community organizing
    • building new leadership
    • One to Ones
    • Power Mapping
    • real-life organizing scenarios
  • 4. Community what?
      • Community Organizing is a long-term approach where the people affected by an issue are supported in identifying problems and taking action to achieve collective solutions. It changes the balance of power and creates new power bases.
  • 5. Community Organizing and Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTAs
    • Second years:
      • how do MACC Vistas help people identify problems and achieve solutions?
      • What does Creating New Power Bases mean in the campus context? How do VISTAs empower students, faculty, and community?
  • 6. But changing the balance of power isn’t in my work plan!
    • Examples of Organizing across the spectrum of power around food justice
    accepts existing power relations challenges existing power relations DIRECT SERVICE SELF-HELP EDUCATION ADVOCACY DIRECT ACTION Organize volunteers for a Food Bank Coordinate Food Co-op, Time Bank to share backyard produce Teach financial literacy and nutrition classes Organize students to advocate for locally grown food in cafeteria March in a local rally for farm subsidy legislation change
  • 7. Primary Components of Organizing
      • Inclusion (collective)
        • help people figure out their motivation and their strategy
      • Ownership
        • challenge people to take responsibility
      • Relationship building
        • develop new relationships out of old ones
      • Leadership development
        • identify, recruit, and develop leaders
      • Reflection & celebration
      • Action
  • 8. Where Do I start?
    • Six stages of Community Organizing:
      • 1. Assess the community
      • 2. Create an action team
      • 3. Develop an action plan
      • 4. Mobilize to action
      • 5. Implement
      • 6. Evaluate
  • 9. Seeing and Cultivating New Leadership
    • To Empower a community, we have to give up power to build leadership
      • Why do we resist delegating?
      • What are the challenges of letting others lead?
  • 10. Developing Leadership: second years
      • How do you identify leaders and Potential leaders to meet needs?
      • How do you create opportunities for leadership development?
  • 11. One-On-Ones
    • A purposeful conversation with an individual to learn about their concerns, interest level, and resources. Focused on getting commitments to specific actions.
  • 12. One-On-One Questions
    • How long have you been involved in this issue?
    • Why did you get involved?
    • Who do you partner with?
    • Who do you see as the big players?
    • What would you like to see happen on this issue?
    • What is possible?
    • Would you be able to (insert commitment/action)?
    • Could you give me the names of other people to talk to?
  • 13. Power Mapping: Solving Problems through relationship building
    • Step 1: Problem Location
    • Step 2: Map Major Institutions
    • Step 3: Map Individuals Associated with the Institutions
    • Step 4: Map All Other Associations with these Individuals
    • Step 5: Determine Relational Power Lines
    • Step 6: Target Priority Relationship
    • Step 7: make a plan
  • 14. Power Mapping Practice
    • students throw out tons of clothing and furniture into dumpsters at the end of the year. Use Power Mapping to identify who has the power and resources to stop this practice and link to the people who can make a better alternative.
  • 15. Review
    • What is Community organizing?
    • What are some of its primary components?
    • How is community organizing used by MACC VISTAs?
    • What are one-on-ones?
    • What is power mapping?
  • 16. Organizing in Practice
    • Split into 4 Groups, with one group of second years
    • 5 minutes: Choose one person to take notes on flip chart, one to keep time, one to report out
    • 20 minutes: Use organizing skills (one-on-ones, power mapping, stages of organizing) to create an action plan
    • one person will Report Out your Action Plan
  • 17. Action Plans
  • 18. Final Thoughts on Organizing
    • power rests in relationships
    • never do for others what they can do for themselves
    • action in reflection
    • no permanent allies or enemies, only interests
    • self-interest motivates us
    • go in stupid, come out smart
    • power defines the rules
    • take people where they are/stay within experience
    • relationships are reciprocal
    • change involves tension
    • define the situation and you’ll control the outcome
    • organization is not about issues, but people who care about issues
    • rewards go to the people who do the work
    • when in doubt, do one-to-ones
  • 19. TEXT QUESTIONS?