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30-3-30 - descriptions of Community Empowerment in 30 seconds, 3 minutes, 30 minutes

Community Empowerment and the role of Mobilisers?

  • 30 seconds - less than 100 words - the elevator speech
  • 3 minutes - about 500 words - quick overview
  • 30 minutes - guessing word count around 2000 words, 10 slides max with no more than 5 lines x 5 words per line per slide

Community Empowerment Collective using WikiEducator

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  • translations
  • organizational presence

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CEC in 30 seconds / CEC in 3 minutes

--Vtaylor 11:12, 29 January 2009 (UTC) ... needs to be really short - people speak about 150 words per minute so 30 seconds is less than 100 words. ...more interested in why this is interesting and important. How can it be used? Who will benefit? This is all about what.

A community mobiliser is anyone who is working to effect change to overcome poverty and achieve more community self reliance. Community mobilisers are the individuals who see a need and promote action to resolving the problems. They work behind the scenes as well as in the spotlight, to make change possible. It is a tough job to identify, plan and coordinate the efforts of a community to reach a common goal. This is community empowerment. Often the community mobilisers are members of the community. We recognize that many community mobilisers have no format training or previous experience in organization and management. for this, they need training and support. The people who founded the Community Empowerment Collective have spent years as community mobilisers and countless hours training and supporting others doing important community work.

What is CEC?

The Community Empowerment Collective is a worldwide association of volunteers working on the Internet to produce, translate, and make available free training material for strengthening communities. Community Empowerment methodology starts with the idea that the community can be stimulated to develop itself. It emphasises “How-to” rather than theory and research. Written at a language level appropriate for a broad audience, the Community Empowerment training includes practical direction and information for immediate action.

Empowerment means becoming stronger, not larger or more complex. Rather than providing goods and services, community empowerment developed and supported through leadership and mobiliser training. Then the community will have the know-how to identify needs, make their own plans, mobilise resources and take ownership for the process and the results.

How does it work? - teaching, learning, monitoring, supporting

The web site also provides many practical descriptions of how to do things related to empowerment, ranging from gender balance, income generation, functional literacy, community mobilization, enabling environment, participatory appraisal, through planning, project design, management training, proposals, report writing, to applications in various sectors.

What languages translations are available?

Who else is using this training? Can I talk to them? Is there a community mobilisers group for sharing ideas and asking questions?

More about Community Empowerment

The methodology is based years of practical experience working with communities around the world. In the training, we look at the principles of empowerment, the cultural or social dimensions of communities, and strengths of each.

The empowerment or ability of a community to act to achieve a common goal or to make changes, depends on a number of factors (or elements). If any are mis-aligned or missing, the community's effectiveness may be compromised. When these elements are present and functional, community empowerment can overcome poverty and become more self reliant.

..assumes a mobiliser - formal or informal is present / necessary / required?

  1. balance of power (opinion makers and leaders, not merely the demographic majority) must desire the community to become more self reliant and willing to make efforts and sacrifices to become so.
  2. role of the mobiliser to stimulate and guide the community to organize and take action to overcome poverty and become more self reliant. Calls on natural talents and skills, while the Community Empowerment training supports developing and sharpening those skills and talents
  3. partnership (rather than charity), i.e., assistance and training, promotes self reliance and increased capacity
  1. activists or mobilisers intervene with stimulation, information and guidance. Persuasion and facilitation are needed, but control and/or forced change do not work
  1. organisms become stronger by working together, solving difficult problems, and facing adversity. Empowerment methodology promotes effort
  1. direct participation, especially in decision making, by the recipients, is essential for their increase in capacity. Decisions can not be made for or on behalf of the community
  1. A substantial proportion of the resources needed for a community project (ie the action) must be provided by the community members themselves
  1. from the beginning, participants must take full control, exercising full decision making, and accepting full responsibility for the actions which will lead to their increased strength.

CEC in 3 minutes

... sometimes it is easier to get this one done, then cut it back for the shorter one. But answer this - So what? Why do I care? VT

The fact that you care means a lot to me. PB

This is only 514 words. I was planning to write a longer version for Three Minutes

--Vtaylor 11:12, 29 January 2009 (UTC) only get 500 words for 3 minutes (125-150 words per minute x 3 minutes) ...maybe it would be easier to start over

Community Mobilization


  • Women's Leadership
  • Community Service Learning


French - fr.wikieducator main page

Organizational presence

organizational presence in collaboration with WikiEducator - Wayne added navigation and structure

Introduction to Community Empowerment

Community Empowerment

Introduction to the Site
How to Use It
by Phil Bartle

copied from

Welcome to the Community Empowerment Web Site

This is a "cafeteria-style" collection of training material intended to assist you in helping low-income communities (and their people) to overcome poverty. It emphasizes methods and principles, not theory.

This is not a commercial site; the material is provided here for free as a public service. Copyright is held by Phil Bartle (do not plagiarise).

Many training documents on this site are deliberately kept short, and are designed for you to print and use as handouts at training sessions for community field workers. Others are longer and can be used as reference.

Many black and white drawings are provided which can also be used to illustrate the written training material. You may also translate the text into local languages, and attach the drawings to your own training material.

Because paper and ink are relatively expensive, it would be out of financial range to produce enough hard copies of the required training material for every rural village and urban neighbourhood in every least developed nation on this globe. It is financially feasible, however, that eventually every human settlement (from rural village to urban neighbourhood) will get access to the InterNet. That realization lies behind the motivation of producing this series of training modules on this InterNet site ( The elimination of poverty can be a realistic global goal, with the combination of (1) these methods and (2) the world wide web.


Links to Further Resources:

Functional Literacy
Participatory Appraisal
Management Training
The Brainstorm
Participatory Management 2
Gender Balance
Community Project Design
Community Resources
Income Generation
Building a Credit Organization
Micro Enterprise Training
Measuring Community Strength
Monitoring and Evaluation
Report Writing
Training Methods
Managing Mobilization
Community Research
Water Supply
Non Material Community Development
Capacity Development
Promoting an Enabling Environment
After the Disaster
Sociological Perspectives
Three Classical Sociologists
Cultural Dimensions
Social Inequality
Sociology of Community
Family and Kinship
Socialization and Education
Crime and Deviance
Culture Change
Sociological Research
Teaching Reading Skills
Learning an Unwritten Language
Errors in Writing

The material is provided here for free as a public service. Do not plagiarise.