Links to the best stuff
Community Toolbox ~ a vast resource
Ashoka ~ social entrepreneurs
Green Media Toolshed ~ great media training
The Control Game ~ spot fake involvement
Shelterforce ~ community dev articles
ZNet ~ articles on social change
National Civic League ~ citizen involvement
Civic Practices Network ~ lots of material
Community Development Discussion Listserve
Citizen Toolbox ~ 60 tools from Australia
Benton Foundation ~ media action
Rural Community Toolbox
Links for Building Democracy & Community
Creating Web Action Alerts
Training for Change
Mahatma Gandhi’s methods for converting an opponent

Conversion is the process by which an opponent comes around to embrace your objectives.

1 Refrain from violence and hostility.

2 Attempt to obtain your opponent’s trust through
...~ Truthfulness
...~ Openness about intentions
...~ Chivalry (kindness if the other side experiences an unrelated difficulty)
...~ Making behavior inoffensive without compromising the issue at hand

3 Refrain from humiliating an opponent.

4 Make visible sacrifices for one’s cause.
...Ideally, make the suffering of the aggrieved visible.

5 Carry on constructive work. Address parts of the problem you can address.
...Make improvements where you can. Participate in activities regarded by
...everyone as benefitting everyone.

6 Maintain contact with the opponent.
...This is absolutely necessary if conversion is to succeed.

7 Demonstrate trust in the opponent.

8 Develop empathy, good will and patience toward the opponent.


This is the best you can do from your end. External conditions may still prevent conversion.






Community Building Activities / Part 2-17
The Citizen's Handbook / Charles Dobson / www.vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook