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One-On-Ones Overview –Are the basis of “relational organizing” –Are similar to sociological in-depth interviews –Focus on “public life” But opens the door.

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1 One-On-Ones Overview –Are the basis of “relational organizing” –Are similar to sociological in-depth interviews –Focus on “public life” But opens the door to the person discussing how “private life” affects this Are one-way interviews –But can be done reciprocally (person interviewed becomes person interviewing, in a separate conversation)

2 Technique Set aside minutes, where you will not be interrupted, for the interview –And minutes after, to write it up Start with a list of a few short questions Try not to take notes during the interview

3 Attitude Interested, curious –Not nosy Empathetic –not judgmental Listening –Not talking

4 Goals in order of importance, most to least Build relationship –Of mutual understanding, trust –One-on-one provides the basis for an “agitational” relationship Discover other person’s self-interest –“self-interested” is different from selfish or selfless –To organizers, it’s is a “relational” term – as a person gains insight, that person realizes self-interest is tied to that of others Which others, and how? –Discover self-interest by learning her or his “story” Help person clarify her or his own self-interest –How often do we have this kind of conversation? Gain information –Note that this is the least important

5 Questions Open-ended Follow-ups –What was that like? –How did that feel? –Why do you think... Start with common ground or broad question

6 Questions What brings you here? –Follow-ups: history How is it going for you? Where do you see yourself going? –Follow-up: legacy What people, events, have most shaped you? What makes you... (angry, etc.)

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