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Community organiser presentation

  1. 1. Community Organisers Jess Steele, Locality People’s History Museum, 3 rd March 2011
  2. 2. Community Organising Organisers listen to people and encourage dialogue. They do not bring any message or seek any specific outcome. Consciousness-raising rather than capacity-building. Find the ‘generative themes’ that motivate people to act. Change ‘the bad scene’ into a specific set of issues that people can take action around. Actions may aim to change the powerful or to create a DIY response, or both.
  3. 3. Guiding Lights <ul><ul><li>Based on Paulo Freire (Brazilian educator) – Pedagogy of the Oppressed – listening, dialogue, consciousness-raising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saul Alinsky (Chicago rebel) – Rules for Radicals , tactics for effective organising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clodomir Santos de Morais – A Future for the Excluded – entrepreneurial awareness, wealth creation by the poor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drawing on these and other theory & practice to create an indigenous English 21 st century community organising movement. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Elements of the programme <ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institute for Community Organising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning & Policy Group </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Training Framework <ul><ul><li>Learning bursaries (£20k x 500) – not salaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training for transformation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blend of residential, guided actions, e-sessions, action camps and knowledge hub </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trainer network managed by Trafford Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accreditation to be developed with OCN YHR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signpost to progression via academic partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Code of conduct </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Hosting Approach <ul><ul><li>COs need ‘a place to be’. Hosted by community-led orgs – mutual benefits, mutual challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Kickstarters – places/orgs identified for the bid to provide range and get started quickly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second tranche of Kickstarters – focus more on equalities groups via Network Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will be 100-200 additional hosts over the lifetime of the programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All hosts receive 4 days of Locality support to plan for resilience & sustainability of the CO roles. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Networking Support <ul><ul><li>Organising is about building and mobilising local networks – ‘horizontalism’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web & social media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Holding page www.dta.org.uk/communityorganisers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter - @corganisers, #corg and #corganisers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blog – see http://jesssteele.wordpress.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook – page coming in a few days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience of networking, peer learning, mutual support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons Log/Knowledge Hub (wiki) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Institute for Community Organising <ul><ul><li>A 21 st century Guild, a professional body assuring quality and providing ongoing training and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A mutual – owned by COs themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shares retained each year that they maintain their CPD (ie stay active and engaged) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brand developed in parallel with the programme, with a year of independent trading in 2014-15 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Learning & Policy Group <ul><ul><li>High-level group of academics and policy-shapers, serviced by Manchester Met Uni </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drawing out the lessons from the programme and feeding them into policy (both Big Society and other fields) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chaired by Professor Anne Power, LSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other members include: Marj Mayo (Goldsmiths), Toby Blume (Urban Forum), Tricia Zipfel (Just Change) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Timescales </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiation – Feb-April 11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kickstart phase </li></ul></ul><ul><li>first 10 training – Jun-Oct 11 </li></ul><ul><li>second tranche – Nov 11-Apr 12 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted delivery phase – Feb 12-Mar 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>new cohorts start every 2 months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ICO Year of Trading – Apr 14-Mar 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Closure & final handover – Mar-Jun 15 </li></ul></ul>

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