Vitamin O: Supporting Organizer Well-Being


Godbless the West Wing by Noelle Janka
September 23, 2008, 3:31 am
Filed under: general awesomeness

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/opinion/21dowd-sorkin.html?_r=1&ei=5070&emc=eta1&oref=slogin

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This IS a Test by radicalnormality
September 17, 2008, 4:30 pm
Filed under: general awesomeness

Nader calls Maryland PIRG to Action!



I’ll organize you! by Noelle Janka
September 12, 2008, 7:40 pm
Filed under: general awesomeness

or·ga·nize
Pronunciation:
\ˈȯr-gə-ˌnīz\
: to arrange by systematic planning and united effort

Welcome! This blog has been created as a forum for those who dedicate their lives to change, be it social, environmental, political or otherwise. The idea stemmed from a conversation I had with a fellow organizer about combating the loneliness that we often face as professional organizers who spend a lot of time on the road.

Saul Alinsky wrote in Reveille for Radicals, “The organizer in order to be part of all can be part of none.” As organizers, we work with all kinds of people all day long but then at the end of the day, there isn’t always someone there to debrief with, someone who knows exactly where you’re coming from.  We realized that dialogue between organizers, specifically about the lifestyle of organizing, can be super refreshing. So here we are.

The hope is that this can be a place to share ideas about making this lifestyle work. Most of us in the change-making world aren’t super well paid and don’t have a shit-ton of friends or family members who actually get what we do. Why not talk about it?

What are your favorite cheap, yummy recipes? What’s the last sweet book or magazine you read? Favorite nerdy political blog? What do you do when you’re sleeping on your 4th couch in a month and all you want is warm body to snuggle with?

Please share. Post at will. Leave comments and suggestions.  And yes, I recognize that you’re all busy but maybe this can become a good, healthy excuse to not work for 5 minutes.  : )

Soon to come:

Keeping in touch, and I don’t mean via Facebook; Vegan Sweet Potato Burritos; Fun finds from the Election Craziness

Here is a great anti-McCain video courtesy of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund

http://slog.thestranger.com/2008/09/john_mccain_he_doesnt_care_if_your_kids