Id make me willing to listen to or participate in a broad based community action group The book highlighted or reinforced the following messages to me1 There is a constant tension between the world as it is and the world as it should be we need to creatively leverage that tension to create changes in our neighborhood helping people be at peace with their being while still striving for their becoming3 The most powerful organizing tool to cultivate is face to face meetings with individuals where ach person shares their deepest commitments and All Roads Lead Home experiences4 Christian organizations can and should partner with outside organizations secular and of other faiths to work towards common goals of social justice They can do this without risking the loss of their identity in Christ5 Action should always be sandwiched in between intense periods of reflection research beforehand andvaluation afterwards6 Helping community members find their political voice can be a powerful step towards building stronger healthier neighborhoods This book should be called instead Roots for pragmatics It denounces the impoverishment of the public life of western culture calls for the development of a really participatory democracy and makes a profound nough analysis of the pitfalls of capitalism however the techniues laid down in this book bear the burden of a narrow idea of how social change is brought about that is build a mass support by joining organizations together mostly churches and use these masses of people refered as followers to scare politicians The book basically insinuate that this is the only valid way to make real changes in the world as it is and dismisses any other approaches specially truly radical activism using arguments that are at best debatable like it being ambiguous in their claims not goal oriented short lived or serving only to scare people away from public life This book seems mostly and xercise in propaganda to purchase a training at IAF a course whose content can be summarize in a few pages and is most. Es For sixty years its mission has been to train people to take responsibility for solving the problems in their own communities and to renew the interest of citizens in public life The IAF now headed by the author Edward
I d give this 6 stars if I had the option Practical and profound is informing my approach to my work and the people I work with in important ways Fantastic book Takes a long time to get through because some of the concepts are relatively foreign at least to me Not sure how to move forward though We live in a place without IAF affiliates but we ll see if we can change that For a slim book it s still a relatively tough read Organizing for social action is not something I m all that familiar with and while this book helped with that somewhat I still had difficu I ve been reading this book for three years It s a slim volum abour 150 pages but the text is dense and completely worth it Ed Chambers gives a step by step on how to organize for social change based on his decades of xperience under Saul Alinsky and with the Industrial Areas Foundation While this give a good back round it also lays clear that a book will not change the world but that we must all go out and ngage and agitate The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis each other Awesome This book is a great introduction to principles of organizing based on thexperience of the veteran organizer Ed Chambers Chambers founded the Industrial Areas Foundation IAF in order to reflect upon and institutionalize than a decade of organizing work he did with Saul Alinsky This book is great for those who wants to better understand the concept of power for those who find themselves overwhelmed by cynicism about public policy and for those who want to understand the difference between aimless activism and pragmatic mobilization on behalf of attainable goals Roots for Radicals by Ed Brown posits that the best way to re ngage the American public in political issues is to develop broad based community organizations Mr Brown studied under the tutelage of Saul Alinksy and this book completes Alinsky s trilogy on community organizing While I am not ready to pursue the broad based organizing that Brown ncourages and I don t always agree with the tactics described in the book reading Roots for Radicals Roots for Radicals is a distillation of the IAF Industrial Areas Foundation philosophy and its uniue approach to community organizing The IAF is the oldest and largest institution for community organizing in the United Stat.
Ly made of platitudes The concept of the relational meeting though seems interesting and I would have liked the author to focus on that techniue and how it can be used ffectively and with which particular aims rather than just offering a long account of his personal successes and those of IAF during the years This book was recommended to me by a friend because she thought it had good guidelines for setting boundaries between work and personal life among other things Roots for Radicals is written by a Chicago organizer who advocates strongly for non partisan citizen organizing particularly around housing and health care issuesHow does this apply to your workAs intended this book did teach me something about boundaries Chambers makes a particular distinction between public and private life and argues that what people need in public life is to be respected which is similar to but different from being liked He claims that being liked should be in the private realm but in public life gaining respect increases your bargaining power Working in the service profession I think it can feel like our job is to be nice Chambers argument however suggests that we will benefit from being assertive ven if it does not always garner sympathyChambers provided another set of guidelines that I found useful In particular I found these four universals of organizing informative1 Iron rule Never never do for others what they can do for themselves2 Power without love is tyranny love without power is sentimental mush3 Have nots should not be romanticized they cheat lie steal double cross and play victim just like the haves do4 Given the opportunity people tend to do the right thingWould you recommend this book to othersYes The author is very opinionated but doesn t tip toe around issues and shares some pretty impressive achievements that his organizing has achieved Fired UpThis book calls us to a paradigm shift from western white dominate uro American capitalism to a just collective mindset for the common good across ideologies. Chambers has taken founder Saul Alinsky's original vision refined it and created a sophisticated national network of citizens' organizations One of the key activities is its 10 day training sessions for community organizer.