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Community Organising


Community Organising

A place  to talk about the Government's idea of how community organising will help build a Big Society.

Location: UK
Members: 44
Latest Activity: Feb 20

A few links on community organising in the UK


Just a listing to start with, but as and when we get more entries we can think about how to display better

 Mark Parker Southwark Organising


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Mark Parker

Community organising vs Community development

Started by Mark Parker. Last reply by Phil Green Feb 20. 63 Replies

I am keento explore the role that community organising plays distinct from that of community development. Much of the debate around what organising has to offer in the UK is mired in the sense that "we've been doing that for years." I'd like to take…Continue

David Wilcox

Community organising resources

Started by David Wilcox. Last reply by Mark Parker Feb 7. 5 Replies

I'm researching community organising approaches for work on a number of fronts, and in the course of that tweeted:Just found great resources from this Harvard course on community organising http://t.co/5sGzWLv…Continue

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Joe Taylor

Blessed are the Organised

Started by Joe Taylor. Last reply by Mark Parker Feb 25, 2011. 19 Replies

Has anyone read Blessed are the Organised by Jeffrey Stout?  If so any comments?This book is worth reading.Seems to me there are a lot of comments flying around about community organisers when we don't really know much about them in this country - a…Continue

Phil Green

Can self-organising or citizen-centred participation be part of the mix?

Started by Phil Green. Last reply by Eileen Conn Feb 19, 2011. 8 Replies

I'm not talking about who gets such and such a contract. Or about whether these things are already part of the mix, I'd suggest they are, and have been a growing part for some time. It's more a question of whether there are ways in which such…Continue

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Phil Green

How does 21st Century Community Organising avoid being top down?

Started by Phil Green. Last reply by David Wilcox Feb 19, 2011. 36 Replies

Or how does any form of community organizing - see for example the opening paragraph of Wikipedia's article  - avoid feeling top down to ordinary citizens and community…Continue

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Lorna Prescott

Local approaches to community organising

Started by Lorna Prescott. Last reply by Martin Gilbraith Feb 2, 2011. 1 Reply

HiI've posted the attached paper to the Our Society in Dudley Borough group, but happy to discuss and develop thinking here too, as I'm keen to find out if other areas are adopting thier own approaches to community organising. Feel free to pick my…Continue

David Wilcox

Community organising seminar slides

Started by David Wilcox. Last reply by Colin Miller Jan 18, 2011. 1 Reply

Organising for the Big Society These slides are uploaded with permission from OPM, the Office for Public Management. Ewan…Continue

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Sophie Ballinger

Community organising - a couple of viewpoints

Started by Sophie Ballinger. Last reply by Mike Chitty Jan 12, 2011. 1 Reply

Thanks for starting up this group Emma - I know it's a topic that has stirred up much debate amongst CDX members. Here are a couple of articles from CDX Magazine 63, which I thought might be of interest:…Continue

Tags: CDX, equalities, organising, community

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Phil Green Comment by Phil Green on December 1, 2011 at 8:58am

Hi Emma and all, have started a blogroll in the 'few links' box above but would be good to set up a separate "Community organising resources, your suggestions" discussion or page, including merging with stuff from Community organising resources What do you think? Happy to do this, if you like, but may take me a while to get to!

Jana Mills Comment by Jana Mills on April 27, 2011 at 6:49pm
Hi All,

I realise that many of you are located in the North so it may be a long way to travel but there are a few invites set aside for Our Society folks to join us at the Citizens UK National Assembly in Central London this Monday 2PM (Press Conference at 1:30PM). Would anyone like a Press Ticket? Please get in touch with either alvin.carpio@londoncitizens.org.uk or me jana.mills@gmail.com.

David Wilcox Comment by David Wilcox on March 8, 2011 at 5:34pm
Third Sector article on why - in their view - Citizens UK didn't win the community organiser contract http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/news/rss/article/1058293/Analysis-Comm...
David Wilcox Comment by David Wilcox on February 28, 2011 at 10:14am
The programme manager for the Locality community organiser programme, Jess Steele, has blogged a piece about the way they will move forward, and published their bid in full http://bit.ly/hWV4gX
David Wilcox Comment by David Wilcox on February 22, 2011 at 10:38am
There's a long post by Toby Blume on the Community Organiser programme http://tobyblume.posterous.com/we-must-take-a-risk-on-community-org...
David Wilcox Comment by David Wilcox on February 19, 2011 at 2:58pm
I've just blogged a piece elsewhere on the site, with a roundup of announcements about community organisers, NESTA Neighbourhoods, and 50 areas supported by the Big Local Trust.
David Wilcox Comment by David Wilcox on February 3, 2011 at 3:09pm
Some interesting blog posts on community organising in the main section of the site http://oursociety.org.uk/profiles/blog/list
David Wilcox Comment by David Wilcox on January 14, 2011 at 10:45pm
There's some Big Society discussion on Linkedin here

which is interesting because people are talking about participation and partnership ... fields I've been much involved in previously, but now appear out of fashion, at least as terms, in favour of organising, co-design, co-production. Or am I just not listening in the right places?
David Wilcox Comment by David Wilcox on January 13, 2011 at 1:09pm
Thanks Colin - I've now added a forum post to see if anyone is interested in collaborating on bookmarking resources. Are you up for that? I guess you've got lots and would know information officers who might be interested.
Colin Miller Comment by Colin Miller on January 13, 2011 at 11:28am

Thanks for this David

This is a really interesting site for developing an understanding of the US form of community organising. Well worth a visit. I'll try and find the time over the next few days to add some of my own thoughts re community organising, community development and the big society aka the points Gabriel and i made in our recent paper mentioned below. 


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Joe Taylor Mark Parker David Wilcox Jeff Mowatt Phil Green Martin Gilbraith Cathy Aitchison Lorna Prescott Emma Lees julian dobson Eileen Conn Jana Mills John Farrar Mike Chitty Colin Miller Sophie Ballinger Jess Steele Mike Phillips Nick Buckley James Derounian Jenny Fisher Jonny Zander michael dobbie Kim Townsend Ian David McHugh Michael Pitchford Isabel Livingstone Sue Barsby Tracy Currer Tim Hughes

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