New COMM-ORG paper: A Collective Recruitment Plan is Needed for Community Organizers

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Wed Dec 14 09:28:14 CST 2005

[ed:  thanks to Benjamin for initiating discussion on Joe's paper.]

From: Benjamin Shepard <benshepard at>

Great paper...

its tough.  for years, i've heard critiques of the calls for 
"professionals" to become organizers.
few of these succeed seem to come from a "professional" perspective. 
rather, these are grassroots people already involved in campaigns, who 
get involved and hired.
when hired the work becomes all consuming.
in all too many other cases, all volunteer organizations, doing the
vital work, wear thin at the seems.

the question remains, can you have a life and be an organizer?

> I am very pleased to announce the availability of:
> "A Collective Recruitment Plan is Needed for Community Organizers"
>     by Joe Szakos
> Having worked with both national organizing networks and local 
> community organizing groups, I know how difficult it is to recruit 
> organizers for this vey difficult work.  Joe's paper takes on this 
> difficult issue, exploring both the problem of organizer recruitment 
> and some options for confronting it.
> You can find Joe's work at the COMM-ORG "Papers" page, in the 2005 
> section:
> I hope that this work inspires some discussion.  Authors contribute 
> writing to COMM-ORG in the hopes of getting comments, so please feel 
> welcomed to contact Joe directly, or discuss his work through the list.
> Thanks so much to Joe for contributing this work.
> Randy Stoecker
> moderator/editor, COMM-ORG

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