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Community Empowerment

  • CE blog - stories, volunteers, other organizations
  • front page - more promotional, informative eg. RESPECT - more about organization, opportunities, content

My notes and links for participating in the community

Mobilizer training

--Vtaylor 20:55, 20 February 2009 (UTC) Mobilizer Handbook


  • engineering education
  • community empowerment / mobilization

promoting and teaching community empowerment so more communities benefit through adoption and application of the CE mobilization strategies / process / methods

"provision" approach benefit in the short run, but is not sustainable - training materials, documentation "provided" in many languages whereas the "enabling" approach contributes to genuine development and growth which benefit them in the long run - facilitating learning the CE mobilization process

benefits from strengthening communities, you will more easily obtain permission to work, obtain their active co-operation, toward strengthening and self reliance of the communities.

-- edit

Since you guide community groups through their own planning, you need some planning skills yourself.

Since you guide community groups through their own planning, you need some planning skills yourself. financial records and accounts, you need some accounting skills yourself. -ks -so -ks

African language translations

African languages

entries in Wikipedia by language

WE partner institutions in Africa

African FOSS business models University of South Africa

African OER experience

in progress

  • Eight Elements of The Empowerment
  • translation coordinator training with Janita
  • WE collaboration and copyright, online workshop
  • CIS2 community service learning - translation, powerpoint, tarheel reader books

Sample workshop guide

Introduction to Community Empowerment

What We Want for the Community

  • understand some essential concepts, learn vocabulary for community empowerment
  • start thinking about how these apply and building a mental model of the community in these terms
  • begin to appreciate common mistakes in social engineering

Study guide - reflection questions

  • Based on this reading, for your community, which of the Sixteen Elements of Strength are functioning well? Which of these need improvement?
  • Which of the Six Dimensions of Culture in Community is likely to be the most important?

Introduction to the Empowerment Methodology (EMP)

The Eight Elements of Community Empowerment

Avoiding Social Engineering

Goals and Concepts

As a Community Empowerment Collective mobiliser

  • participate and contribute to these interesting and important groups, resources, methodology, training programs, volunteer opportunities
    • groups
  • expand web resources - translation, coordinate volunteer work, create new content
  • use the web to reach and support many more Mobilisers - training, community facilitation, support
  • promote community and resources, encourage adoption of methods and resources
    • WikiEducator, DeAnza Community Service Learning, Global Women's Leadership Network
    • Computers and the Internet in Society

The Target Community

Mobilisers everywhere that can be supported through internet and web-resources

  • mobilisers in communities of need - internet access is expanding, cost is lowering, mobile as well as computer
  • coordinators, facilitators helping in-community mobilisers - leverage model, proven effective
  • educators who include community service learning in curriculum - increased awareness, requirement for some programs and institutions
  • organizations supporting community empowerment - awareness, funding, friend-raising

Mobilising Skills

Workshop proposal

  • online workshop for mobilizers to complete as an online cohort - structured and scheduled with dates for each module focus, facilitated, shared learning through comments, discussions and blogging, synchronous audio meetings with archive, RSS feeds
  • 4-5 weeks overall - pre-work, one module per week
  • many more people will lurk than actively participate - awareness, building network, collaboration, community modeling
  • facilitators
    • SMEs (subject matter experts) - Phil, ...
    • process coordinator - blogs, email lists - Valerie

What really excites and interests me is the prospect of helping and supporting community mobilizers through training and networking. The Community Empowerment materials are terrific so that would serve as the foundation. They can be referenced in their current format and location.

Using online tools and practices can provide critical support for mobilizers as they plan and implement their projects.

An online workshop like the Leigh's Facilitating Online Communities and Stephen and George's Connectivity would be a great way to begin. If Phil and some of his folks would be subject matter experts, I would be happy to help out on the online teaching aspects.

Having people participate in the workshop and continue on in the "community of practice" would provide Phil with more feedback from the community without the restrictions of a "walled garden" that requires registrations - people are happy to provide information when invited.

Similar to FOC08 and CCK08, participants would be encouraged to participate in any of the communications that work for them - blogs, Moodle discussions, Google or Yahoo groups as well as using WikiEducator to be the focus of the workshop activities. Regular outbound emails to anyone who wants them during the "workshop" are important, as well. So having several co-facilitators would help spread the effort (and the enjoyment).

Models and supporting practices

FOC08 - Facilitating Online Communities

CCK08 - Connectivism and Connected Knowledge - more than 2400 participants

learning teams - stages of development

  • storming, norming, forming
  • 5 stages of e-tivity Access and Motivation, Socialisation, Information Exchange, Knowledge Construction, Development more...

A Day-to-Day Journal record

blog - coming soon

  • African languages info, ad for UNOV volunteers, management process
  • --Vtaylor 15:42, 30 December 2008 (UTC) wow - collaboration with WE through Randy, Wayne and Phil! first letters to translation volunteers drafted and Janita reviewed, African translations coordination, CIS2 community service learning options - Tar Heel Reader, PowerPoint, translation and/or mobiliser training and community project.
  • --Vtaylor 12:25, 29 December 2008 (UTC) Randy and Wayne - great opportunity for collaboration, copyright concerns, workshop and community expansion through WE?
  • --Vtaylor 12:25, 29 December 2008 (UTC) found the translation coordinator volunteer opportunity, applied, accepted, Janita contact and training using Cat's Cradle, created emails for new volunteers

CIS2 Community Service Learning

  • read about Community Empowerment
  • pick a project, write a proposal - general volunteer information
    • translation - must be fluent in English and the translation language
    • reformatting and summarizing - PowerPoint of key points in the training section pages assigned
    • illustrator
    • new reader "books" - Tar Heel Reader version - from training page or PowerPoint summary
    • identify a community problem, complete the mobiliser training, and start working with your community
  • complete the project - 12 hours minimum community service learning
  • complete the "quiz" and submit


Introduction to Community Empowerment as of Jan 3, 2009

Tag - CEI09 ??


  • WikiEducator - wiki
  • blogs - create a blog, add your blog address to the participants list for inclusion in the comments and reviews
  • RSS feed - list of all the participants blogs for automated updates
  • email news - ? daily updates from the facilitators with links to participants blogs and comments
  • groups - ? Google
  • discussion forum - Moodle
  •  ? web-meetings - live and recorded

Online CE Survey Course

3-5 chunks - approx weekly

  • reading
  • thinking - prompt questions to guide
  • discussion / sharing
  • deliverable - plan, sample ?

Part A: What We Want for the Community

Introduction to the Empowerment Methodology (HF Paper) (EMP)

  • The Eight Elements of Community Empowerment
  • Six Dimensions of Culture and Community
  • Sixteen Elements of Strength
  • Avoiding Social Engineering

Why Empower a Community? (EMP)

  • The Community is the Most Effective Medium
  • Power, Capacity, Ability
  • Choosing Which Communities
  • Wealth and Poverty, A Social Approach
  • Participation (Necessary but not Necessarily Sufficient)

Factors of Poverty (EMP) (Not Causes)

  • Disease
  • Apathy
  • Dependency
  • Dishonesty
  • Ignorance

The Problem with Charity

  • Kindness can Kill
  • The So-Called Welfare Mentality
  • Partnership and Training
  • Corruption and the Multiplier Effect

The Dependency Syndrome (PDE)

  • Charity Rightly Belongs to Emergency Response
  • Giving Alms Trains Beggars
  • The Broken Bone Analogy; Pain Killers (Alleviation)
  • Money Transfers Do Not Generate (New) Wealth

Hidden Resources (EMP)

  • Why People Hide their Wealth
  • Self Reliance Requires Uncovering All Resources
  • Redefining Liabilities as Assets, Challenges as Gifts
  • A Lesson About the Value of Transparency

The Mobilization Cycle (MOB)

  • The Structure of Intervention
  • Once-And-For-All Invites Failure
  • How to Sustain the Cycle
  • Leaving Usable Records

Part B: What You Need to do to Mobilise a Community

To Be a Mobiliser (MOB)

  • Intrinsic Personal Characteristics
  • Trainable Personal Characteristics
  • Reputation
  • Knowing When to Fold ‘Em

Getting Prepared (PRE)

  • Know (or Learn) Your Goals and Objectives
  • Know (or Learn) About Your Beneficiaries
  • Know (or Learn) the Required Skills
  • Know (or Learn) the Community Empowerment Concepts

Getting Started (Preparing the Community) (STA)

  • Making the Road Passable (Permissions)
  • Raising Awareness, Not Expectations
  • Challenging the First Wish Lists
  • Making Community Decisions

Organizing the Community (ORG)

  • Organizing for Decision Making and/or Action
  • Management Training (and Union Organizing) for Communities
  • Community Plan and Action Plan
  • Project Design

Implementing the Community's Chosen Action (IMP)

  • Organizing Without Action is Not Mobilizing
  • Implementing the Community Plans
  • Oops! They Need More Skills
  • Include the Monitoring, Too
  • Celebration (Necessary Work)

Sustaining the Process (SUS)

  • Do We Eat Once-And-For-All?
  • How do Communities Maintain Their Facilities? (Flat Rates vs Fees)
  • The Importance of Identifying and Training Leaders

Community Empowerment and National Development (Conclusion)

  • Expectation in Newly Independent Countries
  • To Decree That Participation is Allowed does not Guarantee It
  • The Community is the Medium Where it Can Work
  • Do not Ask a Chicken for Milk, or a Cow for Eggs