Process and Method of Change – Part 2



This is the second part to Process and Method of Change. The part 1 can be found here.

4) The Education of an Organizer: Saul discusses what makes the person emerge as an organizer from the group. Organizers should be flexible and adaptable and their experiences should be their teacher. Organizers should be flexible depending upon the audience they are dealing with and a lot of this comes from the experience and the motivational level they have. There are certain traits found in all successful organizers –

  • Curiosity: They are inherently curious beings constantly searching for patterns. The prime function of an organizer is to ask difficult questions and challenge status quo.  These questions bring out the internal revolution in people in the open political arena.
  • Imagination: This helps in bonding with the people, to feel and ‘imagine’ what they are going through. It helps in realizing their sorrows and fears, thereby understanding the situation and attempting to find remedial actions.
  • A sense of humour: When things are not going your way, it is humour which provides you inner strength and helps in keeping the morale of the people high. Further, satire and ridicule is one of the most effective tactic if done in a humourous way.
  • A vision for a better world: A vision and a mission are important for planning. An organizer should always have his vision clear and set.
  • An organized personality: People like to follow well organized and a person with clear thoughts. An organizer unable to carry himself well will be having difficulty in getting followers and building critical mass.
  • A well-integrated political schizoid: Schizoid means a person who lacks interest or can be detached. An organizer needs to be ‘politically’ schizoid, meaning that he should ideally have two personalities, one for the political arena and other for the negotiations. Being detached and knowing the ground realities goes a long way in negotiations and finding a common ground.
  • A free and open mind, and political relativity: He should have a flexible personality, learning from people and his own experiences. A rigid person sooner or later gets distant from reality.

The difference between a leader and an organizer in the words of Alinsky is “The leader goes on to build power to fulfill his desires, to hold and wield the power for purposes both social and personal. He wants power himself. The organizer finds his goal in creation of power for others to use”

5) Communication: This is the one of the most important quality in an organizer. The art of effective communication is the most important quality of an organizer. Getting your message across to the people is the most important part so that they can relate to your thoughts and may identify with the change. Ineffective communication will not be getting the message across which may result in non-motivated members. Communication helps in building morale and motivating the members to affect the change process.

6) In the Beginning: The organizer must establish his identity at the start. He should have a reason for being there which should be acceptable to the people. His acceptance as an organizer depends upon a) convincing key persons such as community leaders and other influential people. Once this is established gaining the trust of others is not very difficult; and b) proving he has ideas and knows the path to change. The key here is to build faith in the people that change can take place, so that the people are aligned to your vision.

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4 Responses to Process and Method of Change – Part 2

  1. InnerDialect says:

    build faith – love those words…

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