Community Organizer training and facilitation is based in part on four basic steps of any nonviolent campaign as identified more than 40 years ago by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: (1) collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive, (2) negotiation, (3) self-purification, and (4) direct action.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (1929-1968), Letter from Birmingham City Jail," 16 April 1963
We have participated and been witness to countless movements, community actions, non-profit start ups and "great ideas." What we have frequently witnessed is:
1) the facts of injustices/concerns are collected, identifed and determined to be alive
2) the individual, group, community or organization moves into direct action
We enjoy being able to provide train and facilitate experiential learning of the art of negotiation. Learning the power of negotiation and experiencing the leverage opportunities available through the art of negotiation is an incredible gift to any individual, group, community or organization.
At the heart of any sustainable community organizing, growth of great ideas, pursuit of individual dreams though is what King called "self-purification." Many different terms have been used to describe this process some call it depth work, vision quests, self-actualization, or an awakening process. Regardless of term or phrase we use to reference this process it is best described by saying - "peace begins within." What we have learned is this is not a one time event, this is an ongoing lifetime process - Annie likes to refer to it as a dance or learning to surf the waves, she says "it is to find the rythym of our souls the beat of our drum and learnhow to integrate it within our "family," community, workand our daily practices.
At the root of community organizing is learning the communication of needs and how best to begin that journey then to learn how we currently communicate our personal needs in relationship to how others communicate their needs. It is one of the great journeys of a lifetime!
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