Key Constructs

Community Organization and Community Building


Definition: Social action process for people to gain mastery over their lives and the lives of their communities

Critical Consciousness

Definition: A consciousness based on reflection and action in making change

Community Capacity

Definition: Community characteristics affecting its ability to identify, mobilize, and address problems

Social Capital

Definition: Relationships between community members including trust, reciprocity, and civic engagement

Issue Selection

Definition: Identifying winnable and specific targets of change that unify and build community strength

Participation and Relevance

Definition: Community organizing should "start where the people are" and engage community members as equals