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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