This blog is for organisers, leaders of civil society institutions, thinkers, people of faith and none to reflect on the craft of organising. It will include regular contributions from the above, prompted by events, trips, things we read, or the ongoing organising efforts of all involved.
Saul Alinsky, one of the founders of modern broad-based community organising in the US, trained thousands of people to take power and win real victories. He had an Iron Rule, ‘Never do for others what they can do for themselves.’ It’s the Iron Rule because it should never be broken, which is easier said than done!
All writers contribute in a personal capacity, however, most of us work at the home of community organising in the UK – Citizens UK.
Daniel Mackintosh (@mckdnl) is a Jewish, South African organiser, living in South London with a background in law and South African social movements. He is a believer in institutions and dedicates his energy to building organisations that outlast him. He has been organising in London for 6 1/2 years and has supported leaders to build people power organisations in Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and currently in Ealing, Hounslow and Westminster, supporting these leaders to win victories on affordable housing, refugees and the Living Wage. He also does yoga (badly), enjoys hiking and being in nature (you can take the boy out of Cape Town …).
Alistair Rooms (ARooms93) is an organiser, who works in the Borough of Newham, East London. Someone who is used to crossing cultural divides, he is interested in journeying with people to help them become people of power. He has been organising professionally for 3 years now winning campaigns to resettle refugee families, the Living Wage for workers and to keep young people safe.