Consensus Organizing A Community Development Workbook - A Comprehensive Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Community Change Initiatives

ISBN-10: 1412939836

ISBN-13: 9781412939836

Edition: 2009 (Workbook)

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Consensus Organizing Workbook presents the conceptual framework for consensus organizing, and provides a practical and experiential approach to understanding and applying consensus organizing strategies and tactics inside and outside the classroom. The workbook will present the foundational concepts of consensus organizing, and provide a wide range of exercises, role playing activities, case scenarios, and discussion questions that will help students understand and practice consensus organizing strategies and tactics. Consensus Organizing will be contrasted and compared with other forms of community organization.The examples and case studies will be drawn from the real life experiences and application of consensus organizing throughout the United States.
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Book details

List price: $74.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Karen DeMasi has over twenty years social work experience with nonprofit agencies with expertise in program development, strategic planning, fundraising, community development and administration.nbsp; Ms. De Masi later worked with the Consensus Organizing Institute developing and implementing new training and consulting opportunities in both the private and public sector markets across the United States.nbsp; She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Public Administration.nbsp; Ms. DeMasi currently works as an independent consultant to community building organizations throughout the Ohio/Kentucky region, including LISC.

Consensus Organizing In Context
Introduction to Section one
Approaches to Community Organizing and Their Relationship to Consensus Organizing
Community, Civic Engagement, and Social Capital
Community Organizing Approaches
Defining Consensus Organizing and Comparing it with Other Approaches
The Conceptual Model for Consensus Organizing
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercises
Field Exercise
Web Resources
How the Economic, Political, and Social Context Influences Low-Income Communities and Community Organizing
Why Context is important to Community Organizing
Overall Economic, Political, and Social Trends and their Influence on Low-income Communities
How Can Community Organizers Respond To These Trends
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercises
Field Exercise
Web Resources
Understanding and Applying the Strategic Principles of Consensus Organizing
The Strategic Principles of Consensus Organizing
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise
Field Exercise
Web Resources
What Does A Consensus Organizer Do?
Introduction to Section Two
The Process of Consensus Organizing
Community Organizing Versus Community Outreach
The Consensus Organizing Process
Basic Steps in the Consensus Organizing Process
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise: The Jamestown Neighborhood
Field Exercise
Web Resources
The Role of the Consensus Organizer
Characteristics of a Consensus Organizer
Fundamental Attitudes and Competencies of Consensus Organizers
Roles for Consensus Organizers
Tools for the Organizer and Supervisor to Monitor Progress
Raising Resources for Community Organizing Work
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercises
Field Exercises
Web Resources
Suggested Reading
The Community Analysis In Consensus Organizing
Introduction to Section Three: The Community Analysis: Building Trust, Relationships, and Strategies for Positive Community Change
How does a Community Analysis differ from other types of Community Studies?
Why do a Community Analysis?
What are the Expected Outcomes of the Community Analysis
What is the Consensus Organizer's Role in conducting a Community Analysis?
Engaging the "Community" in the Community Analysis: Getting your Foot in the Door
Discussion Questions
Role Play Exercise
Step One in the Community Analysis: Understanding Neighborhoods
Overall Purpose of Step One of the community analysis
Gathering Information about the Community
Strategic Questions for Step One
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise: Step One of the Community Analysis: Palm Beach County Development Team
In-Class Exercise: Getting Started on Step One of the Community Analysis
Field Exercise
Step Two in the Community Analysis: Understanding and Engaging Individuals from Internal Community Resources
Purpose of the Internal Community Analysis
Strategic Questions for the Analysis of Internal Community Resources
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercises
In-Class Exercise: Getting Started on Step Two of the Community Analysis
Field Exercise
Step Three in the Community Analysis: Understanding and Engaging Individuals from External Community Resources
Purpose of the Analysis of External Community Resources
Identifying the Self-Interest of External Community Resources
Using the Analysis to Engage Members of the External Power Structure
Strategic Questions for the External community analysis
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercises
In-Class Exercise: Getting Started on Step Three of the community analysis
Field Exercise
Wrap-Up: The Community Analysistying It All Together
Potential "Red Flags" in the Community Analysis
Writing up your Results from the Community Analysis
Case Study Exercises
Discussion Questions
Role Play Exercises
Field Exercise
Web Resources
Consensus Organizing Strategies And Tactics: Building On The Community Analysis To Facilitate Partnerships And Effect Change
Building Personal Relationships by Identifying and Harnessing Mutual Self-Interest
Understanding Self-Interest
Identifying and Harnessing Self-Interest inside the Neighborhood
Identifying and Harnessing Self-Interest outside the Neighborhood
Relationships and Social Capital
Strategies for Harnessing Mutual Self-Interest
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise: The UJIMA Network, Dayton, Ohio
Field Exercise
Web Resources
Power Matters: Understanding and Using Power to Build Partnerships
The Consensus Organizing View of Power Compared to Conflict Approaches
How do Consensus Organizers Grow Power?
Strategies and Tactics to Facilitate Power
Case Illustration: Sharing Power in Las Vegas
Summary
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise: Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Field Exercise
Web Resources
Building A Future For Consensus Organizing
Seeding Civic Participation through Youth Organizing
Introduction: Youth as Community Assets
Do Young People care about the community
Case Illustration: Bridging the Divide: Engaging Youth in Community Work
Practical Consensus Organizing Strategies to Engage Youth
Consensus Organizing: Examples of Youth Organizing Initiatives
University Programs Engaging Youth in Civic Action
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise: Y.O.! - Youth Organizers! Williamsburg, New York
Field Exercises
Web Resources
Applying Consensus Organizing to Other Fields
Introduction
Important Assumptions of a Consensus Organizing Approach
Designing programs like a Consensus Organizer
Thinking like a Consensus Organizer
Introducing Consensus Organizing into your Organization
Final Thoughts
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercises
Field Exercises
Web Resources
Strategies Evaluating Consensus Organizing And Community Level Interventions
Designing an Evaluation of a Consensus Organizing Intervention
Why are Evidence-based Practice and Program Evaluation Important?
Approaches to Evaluation and Research Compatible with Consensus Organizing
Basic Elements of Program Evaluation
Summary
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise on Program Evaluation: Kansas City Building Blocks Program
Field Exercises
Web Resources
Evaluating Consensus Organizing as a Community Level Intervention
Comprehensive Community Initiatives and Consensus Organizing
Strategies for Evaluating Consensus Organizing as a Community Level Intervention
Summary
Discussion Questions
Case Study Exercise: The Evaluation of the Urban Health Initiative: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Field Exercises
Web Resources
Foreword
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