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Evaluating Community Organizing in the Philippines


David Reed


La Ignaciana Apostolic Center Printing Press







La Ignaciana Apostolic Center Printing Press 2215 Pedro Gil St., Sta. Ana, Manila, Philippines





This book focuses mainly on the experience and analysis of the community organizing groups at the Philippines' first formal Freirian training seminar on Liberating Education. This seminar took place in 1984, with the assistance of David Reed and Marcus Arruda. The community organizers came from various parts of the Philippines. As David Reed introduces the book, he states: "The systematic analysis of the Alinsky-Freire strategy we made through a rigorous examination of the CO's organizing practice is one important feature of this booklet. I think that of equal importance, however, is understanding the methodology that enabled us to make this political critique and to take steps towards defining a more effective strategy the COs could use in coming months and years." As a way of explaining an perhaps demystifying this methodology for the reader, Reed offers a summary of the four principles which constituted the methodological foundations of this experience in the introduction. It will suffice here to merely state these four principles: 1. Use the learners' values and social interests to determine the purpose, character and direction of the learning process 2. Use the social experience of the learners as the basic content, the raw material, of the learning process 3. Social education must link the learners' practice to the historical development of society 4. Draw on the lessons and experiences of people having similar social values and faced with parallel social conditions to improve learners' own practice. In the experience presented in this publication, the workshop leaders were asked to summarize and evaluate a coherent social practice of Community Organizing and, based on that analysis, take steps toward identifying more effective ways of organizing local communities. While Reed found their own analysis to be far from complete, he does feel that the experience verifies the four methodological principles outlined above. The body of the book is divided into three parts: Part I -- A Convergene of Challenges Part II -- In Search of Strategic Coherence Part III -- The Alinsky/Freire Fusion Each section goes over the implementation of various tasks in the training and the community organizing groups' response. The book ends with a brief description of the author.




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