Founding an 'Ella Baker school of transformative community organising'
Why Ella Baker?
Because she was an inspirational figure for over half a century in the African American freedom movement, and she is almost totally absent from the history of community organising (while a lesser figure, Saul Alinksy is almost universally advanced as 'the founder of modern community organising').
Why a school?
Because we all have to learn somewhere
Why 'transformative organising'?
Because we want to distinguish our strategy from those approaches that merely aim to get existing supporters to 'shout a bit louder'. We want to use organising not just to transform power relationships in our communities, but also to transform people themselves (their values, their behaviour, even their hopes and aspirations) as they realise what can be achieved when we work together, often across artificial divisions of gender, ethnicity, faith and class.
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How would you like to help?
I am an experienced trainer and would be happy to volunteer to deliver training
I have little or no experience of training, but would like to learn and then volunteer to deliver training.
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I would be happy to sit on an initial steering group, or committee
I would be happy to undertake research
I am an trained or experienced organiser and happy to share my knowledge
I have experience of writing training materials and would be happy to help develop a core of units for the school
I am involved in a community group and would like to invite you to deliver training on community organising
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