Friday, March 2, 2012

Relationship Power

"What has been completely forgotten and cannot be overemphasized is that a People's Organization carries within it two major functions. Both are equally important. One is the accepted understanding that organization will generate power that will be controlled and applied for the attainment of a program. The second is the realization that only through organization can a people's program be developed. When people are brought together they reach compromises on many of their differences, they learn that many opinions which they entertained solely as their own are shared by others, and they discover that many problems which they had though of only as 'their' problems are common to all. Out of all this social interplay emerges a common agreement... Then the other function of organization becomes important: the use of power in order to fulfill the program."

Saul D. Alinsky, Reveille for Radicals

Small (p) politics, power, and program go together -- they make coalitions, partnerships, and campaigns more than rhetoric and endless meetings. Simply, there is the power to move mountains in numbers, relationships, and focus. And to stay the course for, we hope, collective impact.

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