Consensus Organizing Building Communities of Mutual Self Interest

ISBN-10: 1412926599
ISBN-13: 9781412926591
Edition: 2007
Authors: Mike Eichler
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List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

The first new form of community organizing since Saul Alinsky, this book connects the poor to the rest of society. Written in a logical, teachable, and pragmatic style, Consensus Organizing: Building Communities of Mutual Self Interest is a model of social change for the 21st century. Through real examples, author Mike Eichler illustrates how anyone can practice consensus organizing and help the poor, forgotten, and disempowered. Key Features: Makes the experience of consensus organizing come alive: Many illustrative case studies that are both poignant and humorous show readers how key concepts are applied to real-life situations. The author shares his twenty-five years of experience as a community organizer, including the development of a national effort to train young people as consensus organizers in diverse locations such as Las Vegas, New Orleans, and New York City. Demonstrates how consensus organizing can be applied to a variety of settings: The impact of cultural diversity on the consensus-building process is presented around a number of crucial issues such as public education, housing, economic development, health, and crime. This book shows new methods to bring seemingly opposite people together, forming partnerships never before believed possible. Gives readers an opportunity to learn more about themselves: This text shows a way to help in a style that can bring out everyones talents and commitment to help others. Unlike most texts, this book acknowledges the emotions whether conflicting or inspiring that lie behind a commitment to community organizing. Reflection questions are included to help students prove to themselves that they have the ability to practice consensus organizing. Intended Audience: This is an ideal core textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Organizing, Social Problems, Introduction to Urban Planning, Contemporary Urban Issues, Community Health, and Community Based Policing in the fields of Social Work, Sociology, Planning and Public Administration, Public Health, and Criminal Justice. It is also a practical, straight-forward guide for anyone interested in a new method of creating social change.

Jill Rudd (Ph.D., M.A. & B.B.A., Kent State University) teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in: interpersonal theory; mediation and collaboration decision-making; negotiation; communication & marketing; leadership; persuasion; intercultural communication. In addition to her teaching, Rudd professional experience includes conducting group research and negotiation facilitation workshops for companies such as Chrysler Corporation, Duquesne Light Company, Furon Corporation, Ohio Department of Development, Education 2000, and the Dayton Performing Arts. She was the Associate Editor of Communication Monographs (1998-2001) and is on the editorial boards of Communication Research Reports and The Communication Teacher. Her research has appeared in the following journals: Quarterly Journal of Speech; Communication Research Reports, Mediation Quarterly; Women's Studies in Communication; Communication Quarterly; Communication MonographsMike Eichler is a faculty member of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University and the Director of the Consensus Organizing Center. He has over twenty years experience in community organizing and is the creator of the method of consensus organizing. He has worked with unemployed steelworkers, casino owners, welfare recipients, bankers, corporate executives and the homeless bringing them together around common self-interest.He began his organizing career in Pittsburgh where he helped a neighborhood battle the illegal practices of racial steering and blockbusting by joining forces with a for profit real estate firm. When hired by Pittsburgh executives to help address economic problems caused by the closing of the steel mills, he brought the unemployed and the business leaders together to begin revitalization of the region. He was asked by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to expand his work throughout the country and organized new grass roots efforts in such diverse cities as West Palm Beach Florida, New Orleans Louisiana, Las Vegas Nevada, and Houston Texas. He started his own national non profit, the Consensus Organizing Institute which trained organizers in the consensus organizing method.In 1999 he joined academia where he said he �would never be heard from again..� He has been recognized for his contributions by receiving the Mon Valley Initiative�s coveted John Heinz Award and has been selected by San Diego State students as Professor of the Year in 2001, 2004 and 2005.

Introduction
Community Organizing: Conflict and Consensus
Evolution of Consensus Organizing
Issues Analysis
Program Design
Cultural Competency in Consensus Organizing
Consensus Organizing Strategy and Tactics
Developing External Relationships
Forming Partnerships
Building Personal Relationship
Building Institutional Relationships
Developing Young Organizers
Using Consensus Organizing in Other Professions
The Future of Consensus Organizing
"Answers" to Reflection Questions
Epilogue

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