Community organising… and the new President

One aspect of Obama’s success in politics is his time and experience spent as a community organiser. Community organising was born in Chicago and I have seen from my time working on community banking how this has transformed poorer neighbourhoods across the city as well as other parts of the USA. A few spots in Britain that have benefited from broad-based community organising, such as East London. images2The architect of community organising was Saul Alinsky, who idea was that just as people were organising together as workers and as consumers, so they could mobilise people as communities. His book Rules for Radicals remains a great text… and perhaps an insight into what we may hope to see ahead with an Obama Presidency.

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