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Free Community Organizing Webinars

Starting Feb. 9, you can participate in a webinar series designed to help you understand the principles of community organizing and apply them to your work in improving care transitions. The program builds on principles developed by Harvard University’s Marshall Ganz, widely credited for having created Obama’s remarkably effective grassroots organizing strategy in 2008.

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Do Something boosts SMS activity to talk more effectively with teens

Do Something is significantly increasing the number of its text messaging campaigns as the nonprofit tries to leverage mobile to have conversations with teens about the various causes it supports.

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Community Organizing Funders and Resources

A lot has been produced about organizing in the past few years: books, case studies, research reports, toolkits, web-based materials, films, and more. As we developed this guide, grantmakers recommended some excellent resources, compiled below.

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Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama

Gingrich points to 'radical' Alinsky in criticizing Obama | Community Organizing | Scoop.it

A native Chicagoan, Alinsky was "the father of community organizing," said Sanford D. Horwitt, author of Let Them Call Me Rebel: A Biography of Saul Alinsky. "He invented community organizing … this very unique form of political action," Horwitt said, adding that Alinsky believed the goal of organizing people was to give them power.

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Beyond Raising Awareness

What we really noticed was the importance of adding a clear call to action in a new final slide. Frank’s presentation is extremely moving with many personal stories painfully illustrating the dangers of being out in Uganda. Every audience member wants to help in some way by the end, but didn’t know how. I can’t stress enough how important the close is — Get that ask in!

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Introduction to Community Organizing

Introduction to Community Organizing | Community Organizing | Scoop.it

There is nothing easy about organizing any one group of people. Human beings in general are political creatures and by the virtue of organizing, the organizer has to deal with competing interests, goals, and desires. Balancing these conflicting interests is an act. It is important to organize folks by using their self interests, personal goals, and experiences to agitate them into taking political action.

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Religious Communities & Community Organizing

I’ve also recognized the important role that community organizing can play within the religious community itself. First, synagogues and churches that involve themselves in this work are energized and enriched by the work and the profound difference that they make. Second, and less fully considered, are the ways in which the tools of community organizing can be used to build the congregation itself.

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Change by Us -- is DC ready to start ?

Change by Us -- is DC ready to start ? | Community Organizing | Scoop.it

The Change By Us, civic engagement app, developed by Civic Commons (a non-profit) provides an open source platform to, in summary, provide a website created by any civic organization and run by local government, that allows citizens to put their ideas into action by creating projects and building teams to make their locale a better place to live.

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Obama Asks What's Funny About Community Organizer?

Obama Asks What's Funny About Community Organizer? | Community Organizing | Scoop.it

Palin got a big laugh at the Republican National Convention last week when she said that her former job as a small town mayor was sort like a community organizer, "only with responsibilities." GOP keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani even laughed when he said the words "community organizer."

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Language Barrier Solutions in Outreach

Language Barrier Solutions in Outreach | Community Organizing | Scoop.it

Ourt eam in Bulgaria set up a tent called the Pink Point. Outside of this tent we handed out brochures and engaged people in conversation. Inside the tent we had displays and activities. Number one challenge for me in this outreach event: Not speaking Bulgarian. So how did I and the other international intern get around this?

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Community Outreach to the Whole Community

Community Outreach to the Whole Community | Community Organizing | Scoop.it

Last night I went to a monthly social event for people living with HIV. My co-worker and I were asking people to fill out a community survey about accessing health information online. She was giving a presentation on the topic and I was asking people to fill out the survey at the same time. I ran into a situation many community organizers have before – The survey wasn’t accessible to everyone.

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