What Can I Do as a Community Activist?

Work for Partnership is happening in communities all over the world. The Partnership System and the Caring Economy give grassroots change leaders the language, concepts, and tools to focus on the foundational areas that support real culture change.

Start a Partnership Study/Action group:

Community activists often start by creating a Partnership Study/Action group to apply the Partnership System in their organizing and advocacy. The following books by Riane Eisler can be used for discussion and action-planning:

The Chalice and the Blade (now in its 57th US printing and 27 foreign editions) is a great starting point, especially for groups interested in the deep history of domination and partnership as two social alternatives.

The Power of Partnership is a step-by-step guide to how domination or partnership impact the major relationships in our lives, from our relationship with ourselves, to our intimate relationships, to how we relate to our community, nation, world, spirituality, and nature. Each chapter includes activities to spark reflection and sharing.

The Real Wealth of Nations is an important tool for groups interested in advocating for a more equitable, sustainable, and caring economy and reshaping the economic system to include the foundational economic contributions of caring for people and our earth.

Tomorrow's Children focuses on improving education and ensuring that young people develop their full potentials.

There are also many videos, articles, webinar replays and other resources you can use to launch a lively discussion about Partnership. These are organized by topic and found on all of the “What Can I Do?” pages of this site.

Read about exemplary of Partnership Study/Action Groups:

The Partnership Studies Group in Udine, Italy
The Partnership Living Portland Group in Portland, Oregon
A Model of Partnership Study in a Community Setting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Organize your Community Action Group around Principles of Partnership

Partnership principles can guide HOW you work together, ensuring that your group’s norms and processes model and support partnership relationships. Here some guidelines:

Download the Principles for Partnership Communities

Where to Begin?
Partnership begins with you! You can bring partnership principles into any community you belong to -- from your family to workplace to city or country. All successful initiatives begin in the heart and mind of one person or group committed to action. Most people want to be part of the solution to our problems, so everyone can play a role -- from a person writing opinion pieces and blogs, to a nonprofit organizing a campaign.

Partnership communities take many forms, including:

  • People that gather to promote an aspect of partnership
  • A program convened under the auspices of an existing organization
  • A nonprofit organization organized to address partnership issues
  • A community collaborative of multiple organizations addressing one or more of the four cornerstones of Partnership Systems

Partnership Groups can be a:

  • Community collaborative
  • City-wide campaign
  • Church/synagogue/mosque interested in book study, discussion, social justice project
  • Voluntary association affiliated with a cause: women’s group; home schooler, etc.
  • In-service education for educators or human service organizations
  • Peace initiative
  • Chamber of commerce task force
  • Leadership training program
  • College department of social work, sociology, leadership, family studies, education, etc.
  • Media group campaign
  • Professional association, such as an education association
  • High school (e.g., a partnership club)