Principles of Organizing

Grassroots Organizing is one of the most important and impactful ways of addressing a common problem among a widespread array of individuals. Communication is a key concept in community organizing and is arguably the most important initial starting points when attempting to organize as a group. The concept of communicating the lived experiences of one individual to another incorporates the ideas of both education and organization and is significant to both. Famous individuals, such as Ella Baker and Paulo Freire have expressed their own opinions on how important the impact of ideas of lived experience is on the principle of educating others in order to organize and mobilize communities striving for change. They believe in sharing knowledge among individuals and the process of learning about core social issues through communication with one another. This opening up about lived experiences through engagement and conversation is the root of forming deep relationships in order to organize productively and strive together in hopes of creating change.

In order to create a successful organization, the widespread sharing of common ideas and goals, along with interaction among individuals involved with the problem is important. In order to create successful grassroots organizations, we must listen to others in order to identify common issues that will allow us to think critically about the problem that these organizations want to face. By sharing these memories and experiences, we inevitably educate others and discover new ways to challenge ourselves and the people around us. Sharing ideas and past experiences allows us to keep an open mind and think about issues that we may have never been introduced to before. Interactions among individuals spark the educating of groups and set a platform for organizing.

These groups of individuals begin organizing by coming together to address a common problem within the community in hopes of taking steps towards action and change. Often times, through the use of dialogue, shared leadership, and participatory democracy, these small groups manifest into larger ones, striving towards the common goal of tackling the challenges that they face through educational programs that meet these students’/individuals’ needs. By educating one another through sharing lived experiences, organizations can accomplish victories that were never thought to be possible alone.