Sunday, September 7, 2008

Community Organizers

For a while now I've been wondering what a "community organizer" is. Obama's official bio on his website doesn't explain it very well. I found a long article on Wikipedia, but I was still a bit confused. It seems to be some form of liberal political activism, but I couldn't quite get a good picture in my mind of what it would look like as a day to day activity. Luckily Iowahawk (via Transterrestrial Musings) has come to the rescue. Here, finally, is a detailed list of duties for a community organizer:
  • reach out and work with communities in various ways.
  • liaison with, and for, community agencies for service within affected areas.
  • fight to make a difference.
  • raise awareness.
  • deal with community issues.
  • raise awareness in the community of how we are making differences about undealt-with issues.
  • when necessary, refer inquiries to outreach coordinators.
  • help coordination agency administrators identify and address outreach opportunities.
  • model timetables and conceptualize benchmarks.
  • issue guidelines for poster contests and interpretive dance festivals.
  • gather voter registrations, win valuable prizes.
Clear now? :-)


Rob said...

One of my core competencies is first-principles timetable modeling and the synergistic conceptualization of benchmarks. Maybe, should I run for mayor?

Bill Hensley said...

Nah. Somebody said something recently about mayors having actual responsibilities...

Electric Monk said...

Better change my resume. I'm been putting "community organizer" on there for years, but as it turns out I've never organized an interpretive dance festival!

Bill Hensley said...

Here finally from Byron York at National Review (again via Transterrestrial Musings) is an actual, detailed description of Barack Obama's community organizing experience. This looks legit. It was very helpful to me.