“I found this thing called organizing, which I had never really understood or heard of. And it wasn’t about charity. It wasn’t about, you know, helping. It was about it was about justice. It was about working with other people in a way that respected and enhanced their agency and my own at the same time.”
Bill Moyers ask: How did you learn that?
Ganz responds: Through being part of it.
I recommend giving the transcript a thorough reading. Marshall Ganz offers up so many excellent pearls of wisdom about successful organizing for social justice and change! I’ve highlighted in yellow important observations.
Whether it’s Occupy Democracy – Pasadena or All Saints Episcopal Church – Civic Engagement, all social change groups need to regroup and assess their work. They need to find out how to be more effective. I think the Ganz interview above along with this Bill Moyer (not the same guy as Bill Moyers) summary of the “The Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements” below, will both help us along in this process.
Additionally, there are resources out there which we can use to educate ourselves on becoming more effective and sustaining as a movement building group. Stevi, at our June meeting, suggested we use this book, “Engage: Exploring Non-violent Living“, published by Pace e Bene. While Stevi and her subcommittee help us decide what training materials to work with, I would like to suggest this organizing guide published by Bill McKibben’s group, 350.org as useful reading consistent with Marshall Ganz’s organizing principles.