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  Black Identification in a White World by Oliver Lawrence
Black in a White World


  Community Organizing  Organizations by Oliver Lawrence
Community Organizing Organizations


  Data Mining by Oliver Lawrence
Data Mining


  Educator-Technologist: The key to merging learning and technology by Oliver Lawrence
Educator-Technologist: The key to merging learning and technology


  Empower Me! by Oliver Lawrence
Empower Me!


  Ethical Values by Oliver Lawrence
Ethical Values


  Five Orientations of Peace by Oliver Lawrence
Five Orientations of Peace


  Flash 2D Animation by Oliver Lawrence
Flash 2D Animation


  Internet 101: An introduction to web surfing (Online Learning) by Oliver Lawrence
Internet 101: An introduction to web surfing (Online Learning)


  Language Revitalization using Technology by Oliver Lawrence
Language Revitalization using Technology


  Stories from South Africa Vol. 1 by Oliver Lawrence
Stories from South Africa Vol. 1


  Meeting Diversity, Seeking Commonality: International students in America by Oliver Lawrence
Meeting Diversity, Seeking Commonality: International students in America


  Multiculturalism and Non-Racialism: Comparing anti-racist programs by Oliver Lawrence
Multiculturalism and Non-Racialism: Comparing anti-racist programs


  Poverty: A Personal Perspective by Oliver Lawrence
Poverty: A Personal Perspective


  Stories from South Africa Vol. 2 by Oliver Lawrence
Stories from South Africa Vol. 2


  Roman Numerals by Oliver Lawrence
Roman Numerals


  Roman Numerals.jpg by Oliver Lawrence
Roman Numerals


  Seven reasons why bullying persists by Oliver Lawrence
Why bullying persists


  Story as Case Study: The initial research methodology by Oliver Lawrence
Story as Case Study


  Tapping Natural Learning Systems by Oliver Lawrence
Tapping Natural Learning Systems


  Technology for Committees: online deliberations, discussions, and decision-making. by Oliver Lawrence
Technology for Committees:


  The Global Internet Video Classroom (GIVC): A technology supported education model for international learning. by Oliver Lawrence
The Global Internet Video Classroom (GIVC): A technology supported education model for international learning.


  The Mediation Play by Oliver Lawrence
The Mediation Play


  The Philosophy of Non-Racialism by Oliver Lawrence
Non-Racialism


  The Learning Organization; a collaborative management model. by Oliver Lawrence
The Learning Organization


  Ubuntu, Truth and Reconciliation by Oliver Lawrence
Ubuntu, Truth and Reconciliation

Empower Me

 

Empower Me! by Oliver Lawrence
Empower Me!

This is a book that analyzes a number of areas where oppressed people can become empowered in real and meaningful ways. Many reporters discuss problems but few practical solutions are available to follow. Broad solutions such as education point to empowerment but do not critically explain the process. For instance many poor people see sport as an empowerment tool and it is flaunted by some as successful when examples of rags to riches stories are held up. What they fail to show are the many chance incidents that culminate in the success. When someone chooses basketball over golf for instance is it because of the perceptions of the success rate or the local accessibility? Does the success depend on a chance encounter or are there natural paths to follow? How much can an individual control and how much depends on chance? When should a person change direction and give up? What are the critical decision factors? This book is an attempt to define some parameters to answer some of these questions.

Every generation is filled with oppressed people. The current economic system relies on haves and have-nots, employers and employees, bosses and workers, oppressors and the oppressed. This has not always been the social and economic rules in every society. Some ancient and indigenous communities were egalitarian, cooperative, and based on sharing. Some communities in modern times operate on these same principles. Examples are cooperatives, the kibbutz, and some poverty stricken communities become dependent on bartering, sharing, and helping each other, while others become dependent on a benevolent benefactor. In larger communities there are examples of socialism, communism, communalism, and mixed economies. Affluent communities that are isolated may depend on trading while poor communities may depend on nature. While there is no single social and economic system today few are the communities who are totally isolated from the legacy of colonialism and its accompanying capitalist economic and social norms.


Community Organizing
Community Organizing. Take this course online to learn community organizing strategies. Receive immediate feedback on your progress. Learn through doing and creating a portfolio for the job interview. Never miss a lecture, assignment, or a quiz. A certificate is obtainable for a successful supervised campaign. Community Organizing is a science and an art. It may seem like a knee-jerk response to injustice. There are so many incidents that occur on a daily basis in communities that are exploitative, denigrating, and simply inhumane. Many will become angered and motivated to take immedite action but it takes strategy and organization to take effective action. Learn about the theories and philosphies of direct empowerment so that you will be prepared and ready when the need to take meaningful action arises.
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