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Community Organizing Training Series. Part 1: Relational Power Part 2: Building Powerful Organizations Part 3: Initiating Public Relationships. Definition of Power. “ To be able ” The ability to act. Ways of Understanding Power. Dominant Power Unilateral (one-way) Zero-sum

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Community organizing training series

Community Organizing Training Series

Part 1: Relational Power

Part 2: Building Powerful Organizations

Part 3: Initiating Public Relationships


Definition of power

Definition of Power

  • “To be able”

  • The ability to act


Ways of understanding power

Ways of Understanding Power

  • Dominant Power

    • Unilateral (one-way)

    • Zero-sum

    • Power “over”

  • Relational Power

    • Multi-lateral

    • Increasing

    • Power “with”


Sources of power in a democracy

Sources of Power in a Democracy

  • Position

  • Organized Money

  • Organized People


Context for community organizing

Context for Community Organizing

Values: administration/control

Power: Position

Values: Profit

Power: Organized $

  • Public Sector

  • Elected officials

  • (national, state, and local)

  • Government Agencies

  • Private Sector

  • Financial Services

  • Energy companies

  • Real Estate/Construction

  • Health Care/Insurance

  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations

Campaign

Donations

  • Civic Sector

  • Families

  • Religious Congregations

  • Labor Unions

  • Civic associations

  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers

Voters/Taxpayers

Values: All other motives

Power: Organized People

and organized $


Three levels of power

Three Levels of Power

  • Get to the table

  • Make a deal

  • Keep a deal


Our purpose relational power for justice

Our Purpose: Relational Power for Justice

  • Ability to get to the decision making table and negotiate on behalf of our interests and values

  • Make and keep deals

  • Organizing our people and our money


Context for community organizing1

Context for Community Organizing

Values: administration/control

Power: Position

Values: Profit

Power: Organized $

  • Public Sector

  • Elected officials

  • (national, state, and local)

  • Government Agencies

  • Private Sector

  • Financial Services

  • Energy companies

  • Real Estate/Construction

  • Health Care/Insurance

  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations

Campaign

Donations

  • Civic Sector

  • Families

  • Religious Congregations

  • Labor Unions

  • Civic associations

  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers

Voters/Taxpayers

Values: All other motives

Power: Organized People

and organized $


Living between two worlds

World as it Is

Power

Self Interest

Relationships

World as it Should Be

Love

Do good/Altruism

Recognition of common humanity

Living Between Two Worlds

Engine:

Motivation:

Glue:


Self interest

Self Interest

  • Selfishness (me only)

  • Self interest (inter-esse: me amongst others)

  • Selflessness (others only)


Rabbi hillel says

Rabbi Hillel Says:

  • “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

  • “If I am only for myself, what am I?

  • “If not now, when?”


Spectrum of self interest

Spectrum of Self-Interest

Self Preservation

Self Realization


Context for community organizing2

Context for Community Organizing

Values: administration/control

Power: Position

Values: Profit

Power: Organized $

  • Public Sector

  • Elected officials

  • (national, state, and local)

  • Government Agencies

  • Private Sector

  • Financial Services

  • Energy companies

  • Real Estate/Construction

  • Health Care/Insurance

  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations

Campaign

Donations

  • Civic Sector

  • Families

  • Religious Congregations

  • Labor Unions

  • Civic associations

  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers

Voters/Taxpayers

Values: All other motives

Power: Organized People

and organized $


Discuss with partner

Discuss with Partner

  • What self-interest brought you here tonight?

  • 10 minutes


Malcolm gladwell discussion

Malcolm Gladwell Discussion

  • What key points did you take from this article?

  • What were the self-interests of the students who initiated the sit-ins?

  • Why these students?

  • 15 minutes


Context for community organizing3

Context for Community Organizing

Values: administration/control

Power: Position

Values: Profit

Power: Organized $

  • Public Sector

  • Elected officials

  • (national, state, and local)

  • Government Agencies

  • Private Sector

  • Financial Services

  • Energy companies

  • Real Estate/Construction

  • Health Care/Insurance

  • Manufacturing

Contracts/grants/regulations

Campaign

Donations

  • Civic Sector

  • Families

  • Religious Congregations

  • Labor Unions

  • Civic associations

  • Advocacy Groups

Workers/Consumers

Voters/Taxpayers

Values: All other motives

Power: Organized People

and organized $


Joseph mcneil and the chickens

Joseph McNeil and the Chickens

  • Self-interests

  • Relationships

  • Tension/agitation

  • Action/Reaction


How will we build power in the civic sector

How will we build power in the Civic Sector?

  • Identifying common self interests we can only realize together

  • Intentionally building relationships necessary to motivate and sustain action


Two organizing tools to identify interests and build relationships

Two Organizing Tools to Identify Interests and Build Relationships

  • Individual meetings (next week)

  • House meetings (January training)


Definition of leadership

Definition of Leadership

  • Someone who has followers

  • How many followers do you have?


How do you build your leadership

How do you build your Leadership?

  • Intentionally expand your network of relationships.

    • Members of your congregation

    • Members of other congregations and organizations

    • Other community leaders.


Summary

Summary

  • We build powerful organizations by building relationships between civic sector institutions that have common self interests.

  • We unlock the power of organized people by developing leaders with a following.


Next training

Next Training

Homework: Malcolm Gladwell Article

“Six Degrees of Lois Weinberg”

October 21, 7-9 pm

Trinity Cathedral

Theme: Initiating Public Relationships


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