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Community Organizing Training Series Part 1: Relational Power Part 2: Building Powerful Organizations Part 3: Initiating Public Relationships.

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1 Community Organizing Training Series Part 1: Relational Power Part 2: Building Powerful Organizations Part 3: Initiating Public Relationships

2 Our Purpose: Relational Power for Justice Ability to get to the decision making table and negotiate on behalf of our interests and values Ability to get to the decision making table and negotiate on behalf of our interests and values Make and keep deals Make and keep deals Organizing our people and our money Organizing our people and our money

3 Context for Community Organizing Public Sector Elected officials (national, state, and local) Government Agencies Civic Sector Families Religious Congregations Labor Unions Civic associations Advocacy Groups Private Sector Financial Services Energy companies Real Estate/Construction Health Care/Insurance Manufacturing Contracts/grants /regulations Campaign Donations Workers/Consumers Voters/Taxpayers Values: administration/control Power: Position Values: Profit Power: Organized $ Values: All other motives Power: Organized People and organized $

4 How will we build power in the Civic Sector? Identifying common self interests we can only realize together Identifying common self interests we can only realize together Intentionally building relationships necessary to motivate and sustain action Intentionally building relationships necessary to motivate and sustain action

5 Self Interest Selfishness (me only) Selfishness (me only) Self interest (inter-esse: me amongst others) Self interest (inter-esse: me amongst others) Selflessness (others only) Selflessness (others only)

6 Spectrum of Self-Interest Self Preservation Self Realization

7 Two Organizing Tools to Identify Interests and Build Relationships 1. Individual meetings 2. House meetings (January training)

8 Definition of Leadership Someone who has followers Someone who has followers How many followers do you have? How many followers do you have?

9 How do you build your Leadership? Intentionally expand your network of relationships. Intentionally expand your network of relationships. Members of your congregation Members of your congregation Members of other congregations and organizations Members of other congregations and organizations Other community leaders. Other community leaders.

10 Individual Meetings A minute face to face meeting to explore the possibility of a public relationship. Explore: initiate with people you are interested in because you imagine that there’s something to do together. Public: Not friendship, not romance, but respect, an understanding of mutual interests, and a context to work together in the future.

11 With Whom? Members of your congregation Members of your congregation Members of other congregations and organizations Members of other congregations and organizations Other community leaders. Other community leaders. Anyone who can help you expand your network Anyone who can help you expand your network

12 Life Lessons from Lois “Meeting someone is not just about meeting someone.” “She had a big job for Helen, she just didn’t know what it was yet.” “First, she reaches out to someone outside her world.” “It’s not merely that she knows lots of people. It’s that she belongs to lots of different worlds.” “(Integration) happened, but it didn’t happen by accident. It happened because a certain type of person made it happen.” “When we talk about power, this is what we are usually talking about: money and authority. But there’s a third kind of power as well – the kind Lois has. It’s social power.”

13 Break Out Sessions Group 1: Rear of Nave Group 1: Rear of Nave Group 2: East Trancept Group 2: East Trancept Group 3: Chapel Group 3: Chapel Group 4: Cathedral Hall Group 4: Cathedral Hall Group 5: Conference Room C Group 5: Conference Room C Reconvene at 8:45 pm Reconvene at 8:45 pm

14 Nature of Conversation Yes Intentional Intentional Individual Individual Relational Relational Two-way/reciprocal Two-way/reciprocal Stories/interests/values Stories/interests/values Public/probing Public/probing In Person In Person Art Art No Casual Group Task-oriented Interview Small talk Private/prying Phone/ /chat Science

15 Elements of Individual Meetings Credential: who and why Be interesting – share your story and interests Be interested/curious – inquire about stories, interests, passions, values, concerns, experiences, talents, public life choices. Close with specific next step to further the public relationship another meeting a particular topic share names of people in their network pull together a house meeting attend an event connected to their interest

16 Next Steps 5 individual meetings in November and December 5 individual meetings in November and December 4 within your congregation 4 within your congregation 1 with someone else in this room 1 with someone else in this room November core team meeting in your congregation November core team meeting in your congregation Dec. 16 meeting for core team leaders Dec. 16 meeting for core team leaders Jan. 13 Training: House meetings Jan. 13 Training: House meetings Jan-February: House meeting campaign Jan-February: House meeting campaign

17 Core Team Meetings 5-25 member team who will be responsible for organizing your congregation 5-25 member team who will be responsible for organizing your congregation Clergy and lay leaders Clergy and lay leaders Leaders from all corners of the congregation Leaders from all corners of the congregation Agenda for first meeting Agenda for first meeting Individual meetings with each other Individual meetings with each other Individual meeting accountability Individual meeting accountability Turnout for January 13 house meeting training Turnout for January 13 house meeting training Caucus now by congregation to schedule a date in November for your first meeting. Caucus now by congregation to schedule a date in November for your first meeting.


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