ECON
DEFINITION

Community Organizing is a democratically-governed long-term process by which people are brought together to act in their common self-interest to identify community problems and solutions, and to take action by engaging existing power structures to make those solutions a reality.

4 Steps of the Community Organizing Process:

  1. Systematically listening to residents and citizens in order to select and prioritize problems and visions.
  2. Identifying potential solutions, and the people and institutions that can make those solutions possible.
  3. Take action to solve problems by engaging those people and institutions identified through negotiation, using confrontation and pressure when necessary.
  4. Build large, sustainable, and democratic groups capable of addressing numerous problems, needs, and wishes in the community.
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