Category Archives: Introductory

Redesigning Organiser Training

The Locality-led community organisers’ programme was commissioned by the incoming UK Coalition government in April 2011. It promised to develop a new home-grown movement of 5,000 community organisers across England building on the experience of existing community organisations and using … Continue reading

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Hope – the highway to change

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

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Offering the Challenge

In organising, we all face the need to ask for someone’s action. It may be listening to someone at the door when you’ve got to the point of challenge and commitment. You might be in a one-to-one with a leader … Continue reading

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Action and Reaction

Over the last five weeks I have been writing about some key concepts in organising. Last week, I looked at how community organisers work with their leaders to decide which issues to tackle. In this final part of this series, … Continue reading

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Cutting the Issue

I have been trying over recent weeks to outline some of the key and distinctive concepts of community organising. These introductory posts have offered me the chance to explore organising in ways that are true of all specific traditions such … Continue reading

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Targets and the Power Equation

This is the fourth in my series on some of the key concepts in community organising. This time I want to look at the action side of organising. So far in exploring the one-to-one encounter and the development of leadership … Continue reading

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The Central Act of Organising

Today we have a problem with leadership. All forms of authority have lost ground to a sense that every leader is somehow selfish and ego-driven, that leaders are innately corruptible and venal and that honour, confidence and drive are immediately … Continue reading

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