Organizing 101 Workshops
Curricula + Resources
Students will become oriented with organizing to address root causes of an issue. Also, participants will become familiar with the service model project planning.
- To learn about grassroots organizing and all its elements.
- To learn the importance of grassroots organizing and why we need to do it.
- To learn that we all play a part in grassroots organizing towards self-determination, sustainment and empowerment
THE GOALS OF THIS WORKSHOP ARE TO:
- Connect the work of community organizing to people’s everyday experience
- Understand the difference between community organizing, education and service
- Understand how community organizing is a tool to solve community problems
- Practice using community organizing to solve community problems
This workshop is number 7 in a series of 7 workshops in the curriculum "Uncovering Who We Are: Political Education for Latina Women." Please see the "Introduction" and "About the Authors" files for more information.
The term "organizing" is often used in relation to community work, but what exactly is the function of organizing within our socio-political umbrella, and how is organizing different from advocacy and service work? This workshop focuses on the concept of organizing, institutional change (shifting power relations), and root causes via games, timeline and examples of organizing, and metaphorical activities.
List of organizations providing trainings, technical assistance, fellowships, and curriculum to support community organizing.
What is the relationship between power and organizing? This workshop includes an activity that accentuates on the various types and levels of power and nurtures a discussion on the impact of community organizing on the social structure's power spectrum.
Goal: To make sure that participants understand what direct-action organizing is and how it differs from other types of social change.
To develop understanding of direct service, self-help, advocacy and direct-action organizing and the distinctions between them.
- To introduce some basic concepts of direct-action organizing
Time: takes 3 hour with a break, 2 1/2 hours without a break
Contents & Methods:
Introduction: (10 minutes) This session deals with four different approaches to social change. There are lots of other ways to work for changes in our communities, but we choose to focus on these four. All four are needed. People should to be clear about the differences so they can know which to use to solve the problems they are facing.
This session will deal with four approaches to social change (you can substitute different ones for self-help or community development but we encourage you to review direct service, advocacy and direct action organizing:
Self Help (or Community Development or some other model appropriate to the group trained)
Goals of Organizing Training
Who: Training to be used for new organizers, for members of community groups, refresher courses in community organizing, and wherever understanding community can be useful to leadership development.
To identify six basic goals of organizing and a list of organizing skills associated with each goal.
* Winning issues
* Building Organizations
* Empowering individuals
* Changing institutions
* Fostering democratic values
* Overcoming Isms Used to Divide Us