- Mark Parker is a community organiser in the London Borough of Southwark. I am just setting out on the journey toward becoming an effective organiser and this is a place for me to reflect on the experience and what I am learning. I hope you will join in and offer your thoughts, so that we can turn my comments and ideas into a conversation.
Category Archives: Citizenship
Some changes in community are just sticky. I don’t mean they are physically gooey and tacky leaving a residue on the hands that takes days to remove. Rather some changes find that sweet spot where they are genuinely at people’s … Continue reading
When thinking about change for communities, it’s easy to place the blame for lack of interest, energy or will at the feet of the community members themselves. As we explored last week, it can seem to boil down to a … Continue reading
Our work in most communities starts from a deep sense of disaffection, disconnection and apathy. Many blame the decline of our community life on the loss of spirit in the interaction of neighbours and look back to a time when … Continue reading
Over recent weeks, I’ve been delving into thinking about how change happens in communities. The role of community organiser is all about stimulating change, even revolution and understanding the factors that support and sustain change seem to me as important … Continue reading
This week I went with my colleagues from Southwark to visit Marsh Farm Outreach, a group of local residents of the Marsh Farm estate who have been working for over fifteen years to create an area of ‘special economic interest’ … Continue reading
The rich have money – the poor have time. (César Chávez) For some time, I have been aware of other figures than Saul Alinsky who have taken forward the community organising tradition and made it their own. One of those … Continue reading