Aug/Sept Book Club Pick - Building Powerful Community Organizations

Posted 4 years ago at 9:25 pm

Hello, Forum members! This is our August/September discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club. This period’s pick is Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown. (Purchase links at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from the publisher. PDFs available.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Building Powerful Community Organizations and about your thoughts about building community organizations, mobilizing resources, strengthening infrastructures, and empowering leaders.

Questions to consider include:

  1. What did you think of the book? What was new for you? What resonated?
  2. Did you try the exercises in the book? What resonated with you from them?
  3. From the Quick Tips section, what jumped out at you as a new way of thinking?

Share your thoughts on Building Powerful Community Organizations for a chance to win a free ebook of the Oct/Nov selection The Solution Revolution!

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections about Building Powerful Community Organizations, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the October/November selection The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems.

To be eligible to win: our only requirement is that we ask you to share your thoughts and questions about the Aug/Sept. reading selection.

The drawing for the next book will be done on September 30.

Please join us over this month and next to discuss Building Powerful Community Organizations. We'd love to hear what you think!


Michael Brown

technical assistance provider / consultant

I am honored you have chosen my book, Building Powerful Community Organizations, and am glad to write to anyone who has comments.    

/Readers are also welcome to call me (East Coast USA time) on my cell:  617 645 0226  Thank you. Michael Jacoby Brown.

Submitted by Michael Brown on Thu, 2015-09-17 10:52

Michael Brown

technical assistance provider / consultant

I got an email from a Health Organization about funding for evaluations.  Although I am no expert in this, my own experience is that if you have an outside funder (a foundation, etc.) they will often provide funding for evaluation.  It is also possible, and probably wise, to put into your budget funds for an outside evaluation.  There are many people who do evaluations of health (or other programs) and it makes sense of course to ask a couple of such people for an estimate of what it would cost to evaluate your program.    I hope this is helpful.  I found it difficult this time to find the question I got in the email on the Collective Impact Website. -- Michael Jacoby Brown, author, Building Powerful Community Organizations.

Submitted by Michael Brown on Thu, 2015-10-22 14:23

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