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Derek Caelin

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Organizing for social change (2001, Seven Locks Press) No rating

Give People a Sense of Their Own Power

People should come away from the cam paign feeling that the victory was won by them, not by experts, lawyers, or politicians. This builds both their confidence to take on larger issues and their loyalty to the organi zation. The word "empowerment" is often used in this context, but actually it implies a different concept. Empowerment implies giving people power, but only someone very powerful, surely not an organizer, has power to give away. Citizens either have power in a particular situation or they don't. If they do, they can be made aware of it. If they don't, they can be shown how to gain it. It is very rarely given to them.

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Organizing for social change (2001, Seven Locks Press) No rating

Building a strong, lasting, and staffed organization alters the relations of power. Once such an organization exists, people on the “other side” must always consider the organization when making decisions. When the organization is strong enough, it will have to be consulted about decisions that affect its members. The organization further strives to alter power relations by passing laws and regulations that give it power and by putting into public office its own people or close allies (although groups to which contri butions are tax deductible are prevented by law from endorsing candidates). Winning on issues is never enough. The organization itself must be built up so it can take on larger issues and play a political role.

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Reindeer Chronicles (2020, Chelsea Green Publishing) 4 stars

Award-winning science journalist Judith D. Schwartz takes us first to China’s Loess Plateau, where a …

Change is Possible

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This book looks at the work that goes into ecosystem restoration, exploring case studies from across north-central china, the Sinai, Yemen, New Mexico, Spain, and many others. What's striking is that the work is not simply planting trees or protecting animal species. Each story is deeply focused on the humans who need to come together, collaborate, resolve conflicts or plan for a complex future.

This reflects the reality that humans are not "outside" of nature, or separate from it. We are deeply enmeshed in our ecosystems, and the damage we see to the world stems from our failure to recognize that fact. In many places, our conflicts over water (see the story about New Mexico) as much result from our own land management policies as the broader trends of climate change. I really appreciated book's focus on the humans involved in ecosystem restoration, looking …