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Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future (BK Currents)by Linda Stout
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Ironically, social change groups often disempower their less-educated members who are from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds. Stout is founder and director of Spirit in Action, an organization that supports a grassroots transformational culture shift in organizing for social justice. Here, she shows how to make sure that even socially marginalized people become part of the collective vision of an organization. She gives guidelines for leading group activities called collective visioning exercises, and offers advice on gathering a diverse group to do collective visioning together. She also covers the crucial next steps of using collective vision to develop a plan for action and sustaining work for change over the long term. Examples describe successful programs that accomplished positive goals and visions. The author's ideas for collective visioning can be used with organizations, schools, faith groups, and minority communities. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In far too many organizational meetings, equal speaking opportunity seldom results in equal say. Factors such as race, class, and personal history too often inhibit open dialogue within and among groups, which can lead to a sense of disenfranchisement within the organization, and subsequently, disillusionment with the movement.
Collective Visioning is the first visioning method to address these hurdles in the organizing process and to fully enable members to share their opinions without hesitation. Linda Stout uses her background and her own personal experience of marginalization within the organizing community to show how trainers can be more mindful of the diversity of their members as they strive toward a common goal.
The book features a clear, actionable, step-by-step process to set up and create a welcoming space for activist leaders to collaborate for positive change. Stout details ways in which trainers should reach out to different groups, listen to and understand needs and concerns of the group, create a welcoming space for all voices, foster agreements, ensure the visibility of all members.
About the Author
Linda Stout grew up in North Carolina, daughter of a "mill-town girl" and a tenant farmer, later a mill worker. She was a 13th generation Quaker who grew up inspired by the Quakers' tradition of speaking up for their beliefs. She started the Piedmont Peace Project (PPP) in North Carolina in 1984. Winner of the National Grassroots Peace Award, she helped build the PPP into one of the strongest multi-racial, multi-issue low-income organizations in the state. After 10 years at PPP, she moved on in search of how to build power and do movement building at the national level. She moved to Massachusetts and directed a foundation, the Peace Development Fund, before starting a new organization, Spirit in Action, where she is now the director.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: How Visioning Works
Chapter Two: Laying the Groundwork
Chapter Three: Personal Visions
Chapter Four: Storytelling
Chapter 5: What We Want
Chapter Six: Creating a Roadmap: Vision and Action
Chapter Seven: Grounded in Vision for the Long Haul: Managing Setbacks
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