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Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists Paperback – May 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0929765945 ISBN-10: 092976594X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Pr; 3 edition (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 092976594X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929765945
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This book has been an ideal work book for social movement groups for over a decade. It has been used as a textbook in major universities including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. From local to international issues, this book helps organizers create attention and affect change.

About the Author

Kim Bobo is the founder and director of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice. She was a trainer with the Midwest Academy for ten years.

Jackie Kendall, Executive Director of the Midwest Academy worked extensively with senior, student, and citizen action organizations at the local, state and federal levels.

Steve Max has 35 years of experience in civil rights, labor, and community. He is a key trainer and the designer of the economic education program.


More About the Author

Kimberley A. Bobo is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice and a columnist for Religion Dispatches (www.religiondispatches.org. She is the author of Lives Matter: A Handbook for Christian Organizing and the co-author (with Jackie Kendall and Steve Max) of Organizing for Social Change, the most widely used manual on progressive activism in the country. She lives in Chicago.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Edward Rothstein on April 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This manual takes you through waht you need to know about organizing. From strategy development to research to implementation, this book shows you how to do it. Well written and simple to understand. Outstanding reference for novice to experienced organizer.
The best purchase you can make and you won't need to buy others.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Astolfi on September 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is disappointing. While it may help a college student or other really new person grasp some of the concepts of organizing it is not useful to practioners.

The Midwest Academy used to have a very good training manual covering many issues. As the book got slicker looking the information got worse.

Get Shel Trapp's old Basics of Organizing instead - much more useful, and free on the internet.
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Organizing for Social Change is a good read for anyone organizing around progressive causes. This book covers grassroots activism strategy and tactics. My job involves that type of advocacy, and I keep this book on my desk as a reference when I'm planning campaigns. It's also got some nice suggestions about preventing burnout and frustration.

At one point, I would have rated this book a 4 or even 5. But now, with the Internet and social media revolutionizing grassroots organizing, this book is - although still a good foundational read - frankly less relevant and comprehensive. I'd like to see the Midwest Academy compliment their excellent on-the-ground know-how with some Web 2.0 knowledge. You just can't talk about grassroots advocacy anymore without exploring the potential of social media as an organizing tactic.
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By Sarah H. on September 13, 2009
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I've done a LOT of community organizing and a lot of training. I think a fair amount of the resources anybody uses in this area came out of this book. It's most interesting if you have a campaign you're working on. But it provides a thorough review of community organizing techniques. While it doesn't specifically engage social networking technology or digital stuff so much, readers can apply the broader principles and figure out how to work these things in. Quite thought-provoking, also.
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