Some of My Best Friends are Black Organizers!

Ivy HestReal Talk, Skills and Principles, Strategy, Supervising and Mentoring5 Comments

(About 5.5 minutes to read) I missed the opportunity to go to Wisconsin a few years back, to organize protesters against crippling legislation that would disable unions; I also never had much time to participate in Occupy protests, which were flourishing in Boston.  I felt (and feel) like we are in a particular moment in history where society is getting … Read More

How to Get a Bunch of 80-Year-Olds Arrested

Ivy HestHow-To, Skills and Principles, Strategy0 Comments

“Let’s occupy the Governor’s office!” “What?” “Yeah!  Let’s do it!” “What?  No!” The public transit authority in Boston had decided to increase prices for transportation for seniors and people with disabilities by 100%, and in some cases 150% by July 1st.  Members had been mobilizing and organizing for almost a year, without any response from the public transit Board.  We knew … Read More

Earl’s Guide to Leadership Development, Part 2: Leadership in Staff

Ivy HestIndividual Sustainability, Real Talk, Strategy, Supervising and Mentoring, Theory1 Comment

(About 4.5 minutes to read) This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Leadership Development.  Click here to actually get the background of what I’m talking about! Last night, I had one of those “this conversation is so interesting it feels embarrassing that it’s happening via g-chat” conversations.  It began as a discussion about job hunting (since I’ll be … Read More

When Grassroots Organizations Get It Right

Ivy HestHow-To, Skills and Principles, Strategy, Theory0 Comments

(About 5 minutes to read) Not all organizing is created equal.  Unions have a different model of organizing from interfaith organizations. Some organizations integrate direct service and community organizing, others organize around public policy, and still others organize around local issues.  Some build power in solidarity, others build power for themselves.  The basic principles are generally the same throughout, but each … Read More