We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk About What They Do--and Why
|Rating||:||4.58 (888 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||280 Pages|
Great book about what organizers truly do sroach We Make a Change is a unique book about organizers from all around the United States. I can't remember how many interviews were conducted to produce the book but I must say, I am grateful to everyone who participated in the creation from start to finish. I found myself not wanting to put this book down because I knew that I wasn't reading a book about. speaking for themselves Herby E. Smith Community organizers spend a lot of time getting people to speak for themselves about community issues. This book turns this around. The authors get community organizers to speak about the work they do. It is a valuable way of understanding the daily questions that community organizers face.
. Kristin Layng Szakos is the former editor of The Appalachian Reader, a quarterly journal about citizen organizing in Appalachia.Joe Szakos has been the Executive Director of the Virginia Organizing Project since 1994. He was the founding coordinator of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (1981-1993), as well as one of the founders of the Southern Empowerment Project and the Hungarian Environmental Partnership
New organizers will appreciate the candor that veterans share about the difficulty of spending a lifetime organizing for change; veterans will find relief in the hopefulness that fuels the young organizers profiled in the book.--Social Policyvery interesting, very entertaining read. --Colleen Everett, COMM-ORG PapersThe most wonderful thing about We Make Change is that it's so much fun to read. It is also a deeply informative portrait of community organizing -- how it works, why it is so important for our future. It's like a personal tour of America where you get to meet the most engaging, optimistic kind of citizens -- people who love this country's possibilities and are working to fulfill them. --William Greid
Fourteen in-depth profiles tell the life stories of a cross-section of the diverse people who choose the life of an organizer. They get salaries, pensions and health insurance. Other chapters, focused on issues of organizing, are tapestries of experience woven from the 81 interviews the authors conducted.. Community organizers work at their jobs because they are passionate, because they believe that change is possible, and because they enjoy working with people. They do well by doing good. They raise families. Although it's not an occupation that leads to great wealth, community organizers can make a livin