Community Organizing as a Tool to Build
a Better World
is the College Course version of Learn to Organize Your
Neighborhood (see below). This version includes more
general examples of citizen participation theory and
Usually six 1 ½ hour sessions.
The Joy of Coalition Building
Ok, so you've got a coalition together. It seems like
at least some of the right people are at the table,
and you've been able to accomplish a few early successes.
Now how do you grow your coalition to the next level?
This workshop will explore the principles of healthy
communities and the levels of working together. Recruitment
and outreach strategies will be shared. Coalition building
is fun work. Come learn some tricks of the trade for
keeping it that way!
Community Resources: Macro- and Micro- Organizations
This training will present the difference between macro-
and micro- organizations (those which are made up of
different agencies to influence broader societal issues,
or agencies which provide services). Depending on the
context, helping agencies and organizations may be introduced
and categorized. Usually 1-hour.
Learn to Organize Your Neighborhood
is usually a six-week series.
Each session is usually 1 ½ hours.
- What is Community/Neighborhood?
Participants explore the basic concept of what a neighborhood
or community is. The group will create their own vision
of a healthy community. Different forms of community
assessments are described. Participants design a survey
tool and practice interviewing skills.
- Finding our Leaders.
Different styles of leadership are explored. Participants
identify their own strengths as leaders and discuss
ways they maintain balance in their leadership roles.
Recognizing others' leadership styles is described
as a tool for recruiting others to be involved.
- Running Effective Meetings.
This workshop will focus on types of meetings and
skills necessary to conduct an effective meeting.
Participants will practice the role of an effective
facilitator or group chairperson. Advance planning,
agendas, and minutes will be covered.
- How Does A Neighborhood Grow?
As group members comes together, defining a common
vision for their community is an important early step.
From there, naming the underlying issues without becoming
overwhelmed by the problem is the next critical step.
Learning to identify and address these issues is a
fundamental organizing skill.
- Gaining Power to Organize.
This session explores the issues of empowerment. Power
will be discussed in its various forms. Participants
will discover ways to use power as a tool to organize.
- Celebrating Community.
Course review and graduation offered only as part
of the six-week series.
Building Healthy Communities
What is a healthy community? How do we begin making our
communities healthier? Community Development theory and
examples of its practice give participants a clearer idea
of how to get started organizing their communities to
improve quality of life. 1-hour presentation.