“Community organizing is the process of building power through involving a constituency in identifying problems they share and the solutions to those problems that they desire; identifying the people and structures that can make those solutions possible; enlisting those targets in the effort through negotiation and using confrontation and pressure when needed; and building an institution that is democratically controlled by that constituency that can develop the capacity to take on further problems and that embodies the will and the power of that constituency.”
Dave Beckwith
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
– People Power from the Grassroots

We would like to invite you to a discussion with people involved in working with local communities, who use the method of “community orgranizing”.
We will talk to Iwona Nowak of the Bona Fides Civil Activity Association and Barbara Kaczyńska of the Kukuczka Housing Estate Initiative.
 

COMMUNITY, STUPID!
March – May 2016

The title of the new series of discussions, which we inaugurated in Wrocław Contemporary Museum in March, is a paraphrase of the slogan used during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992 (“Economy, stupid!”). Clinton’s strategists thus emphasised that what really counts is the economy. In today’s Poland, it seems that the most neglected sphere is community building. Creating strong bonds between people, strengthening grassroots and local initiatives, and developing social capitals are of key importance when aiming at a successful revitalization of Polish towns and cities. Of course, infrastructure also matters, but it is just an empty framework without people who can use it to create other values. During the series of meetings we would like to think about the state of “the Polish community.” What defines and limits it, and what factors contribute to its existence? What is the role of culture in shaping social ties?

We have divided the cycle into a theoretical part (discussions and lectures) and a practical one (workshops). The subjects we propose are the starting point which can and surely will be constantly broadened.