Approaches to Social Change

Goal: To make sure that participants understand what direct-action organizing is and how it differs from other types of social change.


  • To develop understanding of direct service, self-help, advocacy and direct-action organizing and the distinctions between them.
  • To introduce some basic concepts of direct-action organizing

Time: 3 hours

(Goals of Organizing was developed as part of the multi-week community organizing schools of the Southern Empowerment Project (SEP, 1987-2007). SEP closed operations in 2007 and transferred its training resources and lesson plans to the ownership of the National Organizers Alliance. Reproduction is permitted showing credit. These resources are now released for public domain use subject to the inclusion of this source credit and this acknowledgement: National Organizers Alliance © 2007, Southern Empowerment Project © Copyright 1998.)