Process and Method of Change – Part 2

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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. Read more of this post

Process and Method of Change – Part 1

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There are many issues, policies and rules around us that we want to change for betterment of the society. In other words bring about a positive change for humanity. Societies in general discourage and penalizes ideologies that request change. Change is difficult to fathom as it challenges status quo. The other party at that point of time comes out with justifications on why the status quo is required giving examples of history, religion, political reasoning or legal issues. These justifications are generally motivated to prove such movements are unfair, unethical or illegal.

‘Rules for Radicals’, a book by Saul Alinsky provide implementable suggestions on the issues faced by people wanting to change status quo. It suggest howto organize the resources and then use it in a way to carry out change, in a peaceful manner. Below is part 1 of the 3 part series having a short summary of Saul’s book with my interpretations and twists. Read more of this post

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