Power of Community—Organizing for the schools St. Paul children deserveWritten by Eric S. Fought for the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers local 28 (SPFT) and GPP, this report tells the story of SPFT's transformation from a business union to a social movement leader. This transformation has involved a process of shifting the union's internal culture, building lasting partnerships with parents and community leaders, shifting the conversation about teachers and public education, through ongoing work on narrative, and winning a landmark contract that emphasizes education quality and equity. Eric S. Fought, 2014
Theories of Power for OrganizersThis is one of our classic essays on how organizers can use the 3 faces of power to build and act from a long-term strategy. It offers the theory behind our tools for developing social movement infrastructure (second face) and struggling on the terrain of ideas and meaning-making (third face).
Power and Social Change: OverviewWe've used this essay over the years in our consultations with organizing groups and networks. They have used it to guide them in shifting more resources into building the 2nd face of power (infrastructure) and using the 3rd face of power (Ideas, worldview, narrative).