- 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: Place
Much of what stands for reluctance or resistance to change in each one of us is the result of fear. It’s difficult to acknowledge that we need to be certain and to be safe in taking new steps before we … Continue reading
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
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
The area in which I am organising sits astride the Camberwell Road. But only a few yards north the Camberwell Road becomes the Walworth Road, a busy thoroughfare (A215) that has served the shopping needs of this traditionally working class … Continue reading
For the last few weeks, I have been exploring here some of the key concepts in community organising. The work in North Camberwell has of course continued and this week’s post updates readers on development in our work there. Building … Continue reading