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Community Building and Organizing Training at 2019 Summer Peacebuilding Institute

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Community Organizing for Social Change

June 3 – 7, 2019

Taught by Mark Chupp

Design and facilitation of community organizing is a skill set needed by anyone wanting to work for positive social change in their community. In this training, participants will learn strategies for community building and organizing and will discuss strategies course members have already been using.

Participants will develop skills in the following topics:

  • Issue identification
  • Civic engagement
  • Empowerment
  • Inclusion

You will examine various new approaches to engagement, from social networking to community building. Recognizing that everyday people and historically oppressed groups are often excluded or ignored in current political processes, this course will explore strategies for transforming systems and the mental models that maintain them.

The course explores traditional Alinsky organizing and transformative approaches to organizing, including those based on social movements and the work of Paulo Freire. Discussions will also focus on:  

  • Advances in social networking and community building that influence how communities organize today.
  • Social change processes on two continua—strengths versus needs and collaborative versus confrontational approaches.

Across approaches, participants learn to design and implement each phase of the social change process with a core group of the affected community, including

  • Framing an issue
  • Assessment and power analysis
  • Mobilizing and empowering community actors
  • Affecting short and long-term change

For more information on this course, click here.

For a list of all courses being offered at the 2019 Summer Peacebuilding Institute, click here.

To apply for this or any of the courses offered at the 2019 Summer Peacebuilding Institute, click here.

To contact the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, send an email to spi@emu.edu.


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