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An Organizing Basic: Keep Self-Interest in Mind

For an organizer, understanding the self-interest of an individual or institution helps us engage  leaders and create energy. It provides the information necessary to challenge and agitate.

Information. Think about the Word: In Formation

We spend a lot of time in our work figuring out what to say, how to say it and what medium to use. But listening is important, too, when it provides accurate perception of what others are saying.

Many Plans Before, But This One Has Legs

Gathering a bunch of neighborhood folks around a table to write a plan is nothing new. NeighborWorks in Woonsocket, R.I., had done the drill many times. But now a plan that isn’t even finished is reverberating around the Constitution Hill and Fairmont neighborhoods. The key was a focus on relationships.

Riverfront Park Helps Mill Town Turn Corner

Five years ago, there wasn’t much reason to walk down Aleppo Street in Providence. Amid the rotting buildings of the old Riverside Mills, drug dealers and prostitutes did a steady business. The blocks surrounding Aleppo Street were a place to find trouble, not relaxation. But a recent series of collaborations has transformed the riverfront into a center of community life.

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