Reading Si Kahn’s Creative Community Organizing, reminded me of my volunteer experience in community organizing groups. In this book, Kahn tells stories to illustrate what it means to be an organizer and to help readers answer the question he is often asked, “So do you think I should become an organizer?” Through his narratives and reflections about life as an organizer, Kahn illustrates the way he addressed inequity and power dynamics, his process of accountability to his organization, and the challenges he faced as an organizer.
As a public health worker, I envision myself within the context of community organizing in a nonprofit organization setting. Community organizing in such a setting would require tactics that focus on empowerment to address inequity, community-based participatory research to evaluate the organizing process and address power dynamics related to differences, and an ...
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...y due to lack of trust and the lack of funding. As mentioned before, some organizers come into communities that are not their own. Communities tend to be reluctant to working with an organizer from outside their community. Discussions about accountability with constituents could be a remedy to this issue.
Grant writing is usually required to secure money in nonprofit organizations for an organizing campaign. However, grants from national and local governments are not guaranteed with the competition with other nonprofit organizations for funding and possible government spending budget cuts. A possible solution would be fundraising. This would limit the dependency on grant funders and foundations.
Kahn, Si. Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Inc. Copyright 2010.
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