The Continuing Job of Organizing
continuous job of the organizer is to impart skills and a way of thinking
to leaders who then assume the role the organizer has been performing.
This leaves the organizer free to move on, into new nonparticipating
groups and into new areas of activity. This is particularly true in
relation to committees whose leaders have gained expertise in the substance
of their community issues and in the strategy and tactics of how to deal
applies to the staff director’s relationship to the Steering Committee
and its leaders, as well as the individual organizer’s relationship to
any particular committee. The leaders of these committees become the
organizers for each of them. In the course of the development of the
organization, they learn the importance of keeping the organization in
action on issues. If the organization does not remain in action, it will
begin to chew itself up internally, as rivalries for position, tensions
among groups, and disagreements on direction begin to take up the
attention of the activists.
successfully working oneself out of a job doesn’t mean the organizing
function disappears. If no one is playing the role of organizer, an
organization becomes stagnant and dies or gets co-opted. Organizers who
stir the uninvolved to become involved, press to address more
hard-to-solve issues, challenge complacent leaders, train new leaders, and
otherwise prevent development of a comfortable status quo are the leaven
that keeps the bread rising. (p. 83-4)
A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER'S TALE by Mike Miller, Berkeley:Heyday Books, 2009. CSCO believes this is the best book on organizing. Miller has been with CSCO for many years.