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Stir It Up, by Rinku Sen

By an everyday book reader
April 1, 2007

If social change organizations - local, regional and national - are to succeed they must go beyond traditional grassroots organizing efforts and develop systematic, comprehensive organizing practices that will change public policy and practice.

Stir It Up - written by renowned activist and trainer Rinku Sen - identifies the key priorities and strategies that can help advance the mission of any social change group. This groundbreaking book addresses the unique challenges and opportunities the new global economy poses for activist groups and provides concrete guidance for community organizations of all orientations.

Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy
by Rinku Sen, Kim KleinBook Picture

Softcover: 288 pages
ISBN: 9780787965334, 0787965332
Jossey-Bass
March 2003

Stir It Up draws on lessons learned from Sen's groundbreaking work with women's groups organizing for economic justice. Throughout the book, Sen walks readers through the steps of building and mobilizing a constituency and implementing key strategies that can effect social change.

The book is filled with illustrative case studies that highlight best organizing practices in action and each chapter contains tools that can help groups tailor Sen's model for their own organizational needs. Stir It Up will show your organization how to:

  • Design and conduct actions that further campaign goals
  • Develop effective leaders
  • Build strong alliances and networks
  • Generate and use solid research
  • Design an effective media strategy
  • Put in place a plan for internal political education and consciousness-raising

This book offers more than simply a best practice manual for community activism and social organizing. With the information, tools, and suggestions outlined in this book your organization can use your "good idea" to change the world.

Rinku Sen is the publisher of ColorLines, the national quarterly magazine on race, culture, and action and the director of the New York office of the Applied Research Center. She was a codirector trainer for the Center for Third Organizing. Rinku has trained countless organizers, directed campaigns, and designed programs to advance race, gender, and class justice issues.

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