Organizing or Mobilizing

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There are important differences between organizing and mobilizing. For social change to be effective, each one is needed. Clarifying these two concepts helps us see the innate process people go through in creating change. 

I have been struggling lately to get more clarity on the concepts of organizing and mobilizing. These are terms of art in my world but often see the concepts mashed together.  These terms do not mean the same thing in an advocacy context and BOTH are very important.

Problems emerge in conferences and in group conversations when mobilizers and organizers get together and don’t call out important differences in the way they work.

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Original article written by Marty Kearns of Netcentric Advocacy and posted on Interaction Institute for Social Change blog, July 17, 2012.  


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