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Amy Dubin: Hidden Heroes: Community Leaders

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Presentation on the history of community organization and what audiences can do now to positively impact their communities.

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Amy Dubin: Hidden Heroes: Community Leaders

  1. 1. Early Community Organizers Around 1880, most of the community organizing was done to improve quality of life and working conditions or maintenance of religious ideology. Newspaper Boys on strike
  2. 2. Evolution  Organization can bring about powerful change.  Sometimes change isn’t necessary, but sometimes it is.  Groups can evolve to reflect the needs of those they serve.Saul Alinsky
  3. 3. So, what is Community? Community is social capital. Portland is a very wealthy city because We have a great number of communities, which are fairly well organized, to boot. Some people belong To many communities!
  4. 4. Public Leadership? Nixon
  5. 5. Public leaders are just that  People who lead the public in relevant discussions  People who lead in the public eye  Leaders can be motivated by more than ego and fame, they can be (and often are) people wanting to do right.  They want to communicate new ideas and help educate, and thus shape, the nature of their community.
  6. 6. It’s important because it’s the way we know that someone is listening and that they care. Taking a stand MLK Harvey Milk
  7. 7. Community is meaningful IF… There are contributions by more than just public leaders. Community members are able and willing to communicate their needs. Those needs are responded to with action.
  8. 8. Benefits of meaningful community • Increase in educational opportunities for all • Increased sense of belonging • Stronger sense of geographic place • Intention around one’s life and actions • New forms of communication • Safety net
  9. 9. Challenges to ‘Community’ • Time • Money • Suburbanization • Digital Living • Generational Changes
  10. 10. Is a Hidden Hero YOU? YES
  11. 11. We were hidden heroes at one time. Angela DavisGloria Steinem
  12. 12. It’s all about relationships • There may not be anyone else capable • I might not feel strongly about a subject but do about the resulting relationships • How to find those who are like minded if not already easily visible? Then look wherever it makes sense to look and don’t stop until you’ve got someone that ‘gets it’, or until you find a group that ‘gets’ you.
  13. 13. Grassroots Connections Potlucks Book Clubs Work Parties Camping Biking Japanese Cat
  14. 14. Difficulty, Time and Cost 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Low Medium High Variables
  15. 15. Sphere of Influence
  16. 16. Organizers are a bit special • Event Organizers • Industry Organizations • Municipal Organizations • Sports Organizations • Hobby Organizers • Cultural Influencers
  17. 17. Hidden Heroes Heroism just means serving others, and it seems valuable to recognize those in your life who do things for you or who are always doing for other people and consider that they are giving way more than just their time.
  18. 18. We’ve come a long way In our society, organizers can focus attention on things that even less than 100 years ago would have been impossible, paving the way for a whole new type of hidden hero, those that operate solely in the digital world. Writing blog posts, creating media and other forms of information that contribute to our sense of global community.
  19. 19. Partnership Chair for AIGA (aigaportland.org) meetup.com/NorthWestCreativeSocialClub

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