Troublemaker's Teaparty A Manual for Effective Citizen Action

ISBN-10: 0865714894
ISBN-13: 9780865714892
Edition: 2003
Authors: Charles Dobson
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Description: Thousands of small groups with few resources spend large amounts of time trying to influence decision-makers. For the most part, these groups are made up of ordinary citizens driven by a desire to make a difference beyond their own lives.  More...

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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 6/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Thousands of small groups with few resources spend large amounts of time trying to influence decision-makers. For the most part, these groups are made up of ordinary citizens driven by a desire to make a difference beyond their own lives. Governments and corporations call these people "troublemakers." Those who study complex problems ranging from health care to global warming say we need far more troublemakers, far more active citizens. Unlike similar books that are aimed at non__profits with paid staff, The Troublemaker's Teaparty is specifically designed to help small, volunteer citizen groups. An invaluable resource, it answers the basic questions of citizen action: How to get others involved? How to respect different views, but work cooperatively? How to make progress when decision-makers refuse to listen? How to find the time and resources? The Troublemaker's Teaparty starts where most people start-on small actions focused on local improvement-then shifts to larger actions that transcend place. It includes: How to create healthy group relationships. How to build local community. -How to avoid the pitfalls that drive people back into private life. How to put the screws on government. How to use the media to get results. How to think strategically. It also includes: Project design, planning and evaluation. Negotiating, campaign, and confrontational tactics. A summary of what works in social movements. New possibilities for direct action and web action. Clear, concise, accessible, and down-to-earth, this will become the definitive citizen guide. Charles Dobson has authored one of the best on-line organizing manuals available. He teaches creative problem solving at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, and lives in Vancouver, BC.

Preface
Why we need more active citizens
Community Organizing
Before You Begin
Beginning
Forming a Core Group
Getting to Know One Another
Getting More People
Door-knocking
Block-by-Block Organizing
Organizing Around an Issue
Keeping People Involved
Leading
Meeting
Information Sharing
Fundraising
Grassroots Relationships
Dialogue
Deep Community
Wrangling Reduction
Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Group Structure
Designing and Running a Project
Real Projects Make Messy Diagrams
Researching a Project
Planning a Project
Carrying Out a Project
Publicizing a project
Evaluating a project
Projects That Bring People Together
Community Protection
Environmental Projects
Community Image-making
Celebrations
Practices That Build Community and Democracy
Exchange of Services
Promoting Democracy
Promoting Community
Preventing Grassroots Wilt
Lack of time
Self-destructive group behavior
Tiny fiefdoms
Corrosive people
Activist motivations
Little citizen-government cooperation
Counteractive tactics
Technocratic control
Leaving everyone behind
The catch-22 of collective action
Strategic Action
Creating a Strategy
Creating Effective Strategies
Spawning
Workshops
Coalitions
The Strategy of Social Protest
Direct Contact
Contacting Government Bureaucrats
Contacting Elected Politicians
Meetings with Decision Makers
Public Meetings
Accountability Sessions
Media Advocacy
Media Advocacy Does a Lot
Creating Messages
Creating Actual Communications
Media Relations
Timing
Surveys, Petitions, Research
Media Advisories / News Releases
Newspaper Editorial Pages
Video News Releases
Press Conferences
Ads That Become News
Cable TV Production
Radio
Preparing for Interviews
Narrowcasting
Confrontation 101
Hold On
Rules for Radicals
Citizen Investigations
Web Action
Direct Action
Extreme Versions of Direct Action
Appendices
How the IAF Organizes
Social Movements: What Works
Framing the News
How to Boost Community Participation
Recommended Reading
Index

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