Strategic Practice for Social TransformationThis in-depth case study sheds light on the combinations of ideas and practices that make a group more effective at linking short-term, day-to-day work to longer-term goals for social transformation. Through our side-by-side consulting with ISAIAH, a faith-based community organization in Minnesota we have worked with for 8 years, we have had an opportunity to observe, and help cultivate, their strategic practice. This has helped us further refine our concepts and ideas while clarifying how other kinds of groups can use them to develop strategic practice.
Organizing for Governing PowerPrepared for a convening on the future of organizing hosted by the Ford Foundation, this essay summarizes our framework for moving from short-term issue focused work toward more proactive approaches to organizing, network-building and alliance-building at state and national levels. It builds upon work we have done with national networks on developing a ‘long-term agenda.’
Crafting a Long-Term Agenda for Change: A Case History of National People’s ActionStarting in 2012, GPP partnered with National People’s Action (now People’s Action) on a ‘strategic inquiry’ process. This inquiry provided a space for collectively crafting a ‘long-term agenda,’ which refers to an overall picture or compass that orients immediate and mid-range work around a longer-term strategy to shift power in society. It ties various campaigns together – campaigns are no longer ends to themselves but vehicles for advancing the agenda as a whole, over time. As we worked with NPA on describing the ‘strategic inquiry’ process, we realized we needed to reflect more broadly upon the path that NPA had forged a few years earlier, starting with their focus on worldview and ideology. This case study provides a narrative overview of this ongoing journey.
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