Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide by Michael Jacoby Brown

By Michael Jacoby Brown

A pragmatic and private advisor to making teams that may clear up neighborhood and office difficulties. utilizing classes discovered, workouts and tales from the adventure of the writer and others, this booklet brings alive the method of group organizing and neighborhood development. it truly is for an individual who desires to commence or advance a commuity crew, a congregation, a local organization, a civic staff, or the other staff that offers with the various difficulties and matters all of us face in our daily lives.

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What is the cost to you--and to your organization­ of keeping this attitude? It also helps to monitor your behavior on a daily basis. m. each day. Ask yourself: How did I do today with changing that behavior? The goal is not to be per­ fect, but to be aware of your behavior, to practice the behavior you want, and to monitor how you did in various situations dur­ ing the day. The goal is eventually to make the new behavior your norm. 4. What specific behavior(s) can you practice to change this attitude?

SECTION I: THE INSIDE STORY • may have a different point of view. Listen to them, espe­ cially if they are gatekeepers to others or have positions of authority. Try to understand their point of view. ) You want to know where they stand even if they are in opposition to this particular idea. Later, even years later, they might be in agreement on another issue. And even if that does not happen, at least try to maintain a respect­ ful relationship. To Whom Do You Need To Listen? depends on what your idea is and what you want to accomplish.

Does it need accounting help? Yes. All organizations need to keep good track of their money. How Many People for the Core Group? You want a core group often to fifteen people. Once a plan­ ning group moves beyond fifteen (some social scientists say twelve), it is much harder to manage, make decisions, or work together. SECTION I: THE INSIDE STORY • Story: Small Is Beautiful I've heard that former Mayor Koch ofNew York knew this. Whenever a group came to him asking the city to do some­ thing that was not his priority, he would appoint a "task force" of fi;fty people.

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