c)Employing environmentally safe appropriate technology; andd)Promoting collective human action in the resource management/maintenance.That is, in the essence, organizing the people for a common purpose/goal.According to the Philippines Business for Social Progress (PBSP), “CO is a systematic,Planned and liberating change process of transforming a complacent, deprived malfunctioningcommunity into conscious, empowered, self-reliant and just humane entity and institution”. Thismeans, the community as a social unit, needs to learn so that they become empowered to address problems confronting them.CO is a process forged along
and the eventual formation of a
that will facilitate
in a sustainable manner. Apart from the abovedefinitions, I would like to re-visit the concern that has been expressed for sometime now on themisuse and abuse of the concept of CO.
The Concept of Community Organizing
1. Of Means and Ends (Process and Result)
As a process
, CO is a series of interrelated activities with the aim of unifying the people into anorganization process, characterized by people’s participation in all aspect or stages of theorganizing process. CO is a complex process that goes beyond the mere setting up of a formalorganization. It is a process which ultimately influences the patterns of relationships in thecommunity through the development and maintenance of a normative system. Such norms areexpected to affect the values, belief, attitudes and aspiration of the people in the community.As a radical approach in bringing development to the community. Being radical, CO employscoercion, advocacy and even threat to uproot the causes of social injustice in the development of the people. Although CO starts by addressing small and simple issues which the people canimmediately act on or solve, its main focus is to dig into the root cause of the problems.As a result of the organizing process, CO refers to the resulting entity, which is the legitimateand real organization of the people. It becomes the real manifestations of the people’s collectivewills to be able to participate, voice out and be heard and also to act and decide as unified body(group). The resulting organization mirrors the people’s interests, sentiments and aspiration.Does the end always justify the means?There is, without a flaw, the perennial question about the ethical considerations of the irreverentattitude and the unconventional methods that effective COs have employed in their practice. ButAlinsky resorted thus: