[Springboard] Alinsky & Freire and ICA's approach
Martin Gilbraith (ICA:UK)
martin at ica-uk.org.uk
Tue Jan 11 09:46:35 CST 2011
Hi everyone, I am hoping that colleagues with longer memories might be
able to help me with some history please...
The 'big idea' of the UK's new coalition government is Big Society -
variously, applauded as empowering the people, and/or derided as a
cynical cover for devastating public spending cuts - see
A major initiative within this agenda is a forthcoming Government-funded
programme to train and support a cadre of 5,000 Community Organisers,
explicitly based on the principles of Saul Alinsky and Paulo Friere -
I beleive that Friere was an influence on the early development of
EI/ICA's methods and approach, and I understand that Alinsky was
developing Community Organising in Chicago around the same time as
EI/ICA was in Fifth City.
What I would really like to learn more about is *to what extent and how
did Friere and/or Alinsky influence the develpment of EI/ICA and our
methods and approach; and **to what extent and how might our methods and
approach have influenced the development of Community Organising?
My partner Derek put this same question, more or less, to George Packard
several years ago when he was here in the UK just after Derek had taken
a course in Faith-based Community Organising through his local Unitarian
church - but I don't much remember what he said, and I'd love to have
any more specific recollections and (better still) any documents that
might be relevant.
I am hoping this might inform how we seek to position ICA:UK in relation
to this emerging new agenda, and that I might draft an article (for
ICA:UK Network News if not also elsewhere) based on what I receive.
many thanks for any recollections or insights you can offer, best wishes,
*Martin Gilbraith*<martin at ica-uk.org.uk <mailto:martin at ica-uk.org.uk>>
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