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Start your review of Going Public Write a review Nov 19, Liz rated it liked it Michael Gecan chronicles his basic strategies for community organizing in Going Public. I think for the uninitiated, the book introduces folks to the realities of community organizing. His storytelling is a little bland, so it was difficult to stay interested and finish the book. May 23, Nathan rated it it was ok Michael Gecan in his book Going Public works to provide a resource for normal citizens to promote positive change in their communities. He divides the book into four sections, each detailing a particular habit needed to organize power in fighting injustice and oppression.

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Start your review of Going Public Write a review Nov 19, Liz rated it liked it Michael Gecan chronicles his basic strategies for community organizing in Going Public. I think for the uninitiated, the book introduces folks to the realities of community organizing. His storytelling is a little bland, so it was difficult to stay interested and finish the book. May 23, Nathan rated it it was ok Michael Gecan in his book Going Public works to provide a resource for normal citizens to promote positive change in their communities.

He divides the book into four sections, each detailing a particular habit needed to organize power in fighting injustice and oppression. The habits are 1 relating, 2 action, 3 organizing, and 4 reflection, and each of these deserve some explanation. Organizing begins first with building relationships, specifically public relationships of depth and quality.

Michael Gecan in his book Going Public works to provide a resource for normal citizens to promote positive change in their communities. Organizations do not need expensive technology, graduate degrees, or business suits. They need to develop the art of knowing how to meet with individuals and to listen with empathy and sincerity. But this is not done without a context. The world is busy, raucous, confusing, and complicated. Gecan emphasized that rather than live in an idyllic non-reality, we must meet the world head-on and recognize how things actually are.

It is calling corruption and injustice what it is that motivates everyday citizens to act together and make a difference for good. It is what has brought most of the major shifts in American history — the Revolutionary War, voting rights, civil rights, better schools, to name a few examples.

Action is a public act that puts pressure on the powers-that-be. Gecan recognizes that in order for genuine change to occur, one power must push against another power, and he rallies to find that power in gathering people. In some cases, simply knowing how the system works and therefore how one can use the system or find loopholes in the system are the only ways to actualize change.

In his third section, Gecan questions the assumptions of what it means to be an organization. What are the essential elements? Labor unions started as action organizations; churches began as a small group of people often in a home. We fit into roles that seem set in stone. The final habit is that of reflection. However, he learned that the world is made up of the three cultures that are seen in each sector, but dominate one in particular. Each culture produces, transmits, and promotes a set of basic values Each culture has its strengths, weakness, limits, and abilities.

It is through disorganizing that a relational group can navigate the tendency toward bureaucracy and opportunistic market forces.

Overall, Gecan works to make his points through story-telling. From this standpoint the book is engaging.

However, after his story was told, I often wished for more explanation and less story. More practical direction would have strengthened his points and been more useful for understanding how to promote positive change.

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Add to Cart About Going Public Urban decay can sap the determination—not to mention the soul—of anyone who experiences it. But there are forces that can and do reverse it. They are not spectators, or critics, or occasional demonstrators. They are groups of citizens, encouraged and trained to take power with dignity and creativity and unrelenting determination, and to make it work for them, day by day, month by month, and year to year.

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