I started my organizing history in St. Louis but I started with food-banks. This was 2010. Food banks fall under what industry professionals call Community Organizing. This is typically regarded, in the industry, as a lot different than Political Candidates. However, I have come to find these differences are artificial and my curriculum reflects a meld of the two.
What is necessary to get the job done can be found in industry cultures. In a respective field and its attached culture, the mechanisms and tools involved are the same across the board and a Specialist knows when and where to apply the mechanisms and use the tools.
I found very quickly that non-profits and government organizations fell short in helping people. Only by taking jobs in the industry as a vocational training step, on my own part, I was able to find that it's not the faceless non-profit's fault. The industry is flawed from the ground up but someone has to stand up. We all have to stand up to this "industry."
However, it's hard to realize that if you're not in the industry. Because what all industries have to protect the sanctity of the trade and it's tradespeople are not represented in "the political industry."
1.) Occupational Trade Schools
- Sassafras and Maple is the Nation's First of these. Occupational Trade Schools are built to mold the greatest professionals and certify them so the public will know the difference from someone who calls themselves an organizer and someone who is certified to perform the job as an executant.
2.) Occupational Review Boards
- A place to revoke certifications given by trade schools and deal with disciplinary actions independent of law and government. Also, occupational review boards can give added rewards and certifications to those who perform well, deserve recognition, and serve years of service. They also reference "Board certified training programs" that offer greater skills training and certification in special qualities.
3.) Third-Party Accrediting Agencies
- An organization, independent of a school, made up of seasoned industry professionals that grant accreditation to schools. They accredit the schools curriculum. This is always specialized, relating to performance in a trade. This is an added layer of security in ensuring that what is taught meets the greatest standard of vigor.
4.) Organizer's Unions
- ... um.. its kind of embarrassing and ironic that organizers organize for unions and union supportive politicians but lack this protection themselves... "The political industry" is not a very well behaved "industry" and never will it be... until we implement these organizations that, overall, protect the labor in any industry. When labor is supported, an industry thrives.
Then where are we gonna go with this? All the way.
... other than Communities and Political Candidates; there's what's in between. In between their are Causes, like "amendments," "human rights ordinances," and "ballot initiatives." Then; Movements are next. These are like "Tea Party," and "Progressivism." These all play on the same social variables of human behavior in marketing and persuasion. It is part
of our focus to unify these forms of organizing and train Specialists under just the title: Organizer. This will bring greater proficiency to the outcomes of Causes and Movements because whether it's community, political, causes, or movements; the organizer's trade is the same.
This is, even still, too simple. It is our main
focus to bring humanity back to the Cause of Organizing, itself. Our techniques involve two main points and one overall strategy.
1.) Interpreting needs in communities and their members (authentically based on the community)
2.) Reciprocating vulnerability to them once they show you their weaknesses (this is about offering something of value)
Purpose and Overall Strategy
1.) Stone Soup Sunday (not doors and call contact)
Without these components in your view of those in a community you are organizing you will NEVER build a great community and organize relationships. These concepts are part of my thesis on Interdependent Relationship Building and Restorative Justice in Community Organizing.
I'm Imran, and I'm changing politics in a way that, maybe, you've never thought of before. I've felt alone in this for some many years. Will you please help? Will you join me in constructing a more accountable political industry?
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