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The Troublemaker's Teaparty : A Manual for Effective Citizen Action - Charles Dobson

The Troublemaker's Teaparty

A Manual for Effective Citizen Action

Paperback Published: 1st June 2003
ISBN: 9780865714892
Number Of Pages: 224

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Thousands of small groups with few resources spend large amounts of time trying to influence decision-makers. For the most part, these groups are made up of ordinary citizens driven by a desire to make a difference beyond their own lives. Governments and corporations call these people "troublemakers." Those who study complex problems ranging from health care to global warming say we need far more troublemakers, far more active citizens.

Unlike similar books that are aimed at non-profits with paid staff, "The Troublemaker's Teaparty "is specifically designed to help small, volunteer citizen groups. An invaluable resource, it answers the basic questions of citizen action: How to get others involved? How to respect different views, but work cooperatively? How to make progress when decision-makers refuse to listen? How to find the time and resources?

"The Troublemaker's Teaparty "starts where most people start--on small actions focused on local improvement--then shifts to larger actions that transcend place. It includes:
How to create healthy group relationships.
How to build local community.
-How to avoid the pitfalls that drive people back into private life.
How to put the screws on government.
How to use the media to get results.
How to think strategically.

It also includes:
Project design, planning and evaluation.
Negotiating, campaign, and confrontational tactics.
A summary of what works in social movements.
New possibilities for direct action and web action.

Clear, concise, accessible, and down-to-earth, this will become the definitive citizen guide.

Charles Dobson has authored one of the best on-line organizing manuals available. He teaches creative problem solving at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, and lives in Vancouver, BC.

Prefacep. ix
Why we need more active citizensp. 1
Community Organizingp. 5
Before You Begin
Forming a Core Group
Getting to Know One Another
Getting More People
Block-by-Block Organizing
Organizing Around an Issue
Keeping People Involved
Information Sharing
Grassroots Relationshipsp. 35
Deep Community
Wrangling Reduction
Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Group Structure
Designing and Running a Projectp. 45
Real Projects Make Messy Diagrams
Researching a Project
Planning a Project
Carrying Out a Project
Publicizing a project
Evaluating a project
Projects That Bring People Togetherp. 57
Community Protection
Environmental Projects
Community Image-making
Practices That Build Community and Democracyp. 69
Exchange of Services
Promoting Democracy
Promoting Community
Preventing Grassroots Wiltp. 83
Lack of time
Self-destructive group behavior
Tiny fiefdoms
Corrosive people
Activist motivations
Little citizen-government cooperation
Counteractive tactics
Technocratic control
Leaving everyone behind
The catch-22 of collective action
Strategic Actionp. 111
Creating a Strategy
Creating Effective Strategies
The Strategy of Social Protest
Direct Contactp. 123
Contacting Government Bureaucrats
Contacting Elected Politicians
Meetings with Decision Makers
Public Meetings
Accountability Sessions
Media Advocacyp. 129
Media Advocacy Does a Lot
Creating Messages
Creating Actual Communications
Media Relations
Surveys, Petitions, Research
Media Advisories / News Releases
Newspaper Editorial Pages
Video News Releases
Press Conferences
Ads That Become News
Cable TV Production
Preparing for Interviews
Confrontation 101p. 155
Hold On
Rules for Radicals
Citizen Investigations
Web Action
Direct Action
Extreme Versions of Direct Action
How the IAF Organizesp. 173
Social Movements: What Worksp. 179
Framing the Newsp. 189
How to Boost Community Participationp. 195
Recommended Readingp. 199
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780865714892
ISBN-10: 0865714894
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st June 2003
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3