By Dudley Cocke, Roadside Theater

Effective community organizing invariably begins small. The basic unit of such organizing is the individual discovering, through experience, his or her own truth of the issue, then testing and developing that truth in dialog with others who also have direct knowledge. Aggregate and organize this knowledge about an issue and communities can change. Such change can only be sustained when this grassroots process of individual and collective learning continues to inspire and shape awareness and action. Conversely, when people and their organizations lose touch with such knowledge as the shaping force of change, reform will begin to collapse. This philosophy of change holds that those who directly experience a problem must make up the generative base for devising and enacting the solution.

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Dudley Cocke, Roadside Theater. “Philosophy of Change.” March 28, 2017.

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