Forthcoming Book!

Still Doing Democracy!

Still Doing Democracy! offers a framework and a set of crucial skills for being an effective agent of social change. Bill Moyer’s Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements provided and still does a way to analyze and understand the path of social movements and the roles that people and organizations play in creating change.

JoAnn McAllister, PhD, Co-Author of the original is following up with Still Doing Democracy! Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good with new insights and tools for being an effective Citizen Activist in today’s fragmented and polarized culture.

To meet the serious social justice and ecological crises that we face, ordinary people must become re-engaged in the daily work of doing democracy. Too many of us are isolated and detached from our local, state, national and international communities and institutions. Active in environmental and social justice efforts for many years, JoAnn has also been teaching students and staff and volunteers in community groups to understand different beliefs, identify shared values, and work together for common purposes.

Jim Smith, MA, political theorist and activist, joins her to add perspective on the national and international policies and the opposing political paradigms that have created our current conditions and contributed to the decline of democratic engagement. Still Doing Democracy! will help Citizen Activists understand different perspectives, listen to people across diverse boundaries, participate effectively, and work collaboratively for the common good.

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Table of Contents

Introduction – Effective Engaged Citizens Needed Now More Than Ever

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.

Jane Addams, 1892

Contemporary challenges have the potential to significantly alter human life as we know it from social and governmental structures to basic biological systems that sustain planet earth.

Chapter 1. How Social Change Happens – Theory and Practice
Revisiting Bill Moyer’s Movement Action Plan (MAP): the eight stages of social movements on the path to success and the four roles that individuals and organizations play.

Those who profess to love freedom and yet deprecate agitation are those who want crops without plowing. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Frederick Douglass, 1857

Chapter 2. A Framework for Understanding and Participating in Social Change

Where is the information in the data?
Where is the knowledge in the information?
Where is the wisdom in the knowledge?

T.S. Eliot

Chapter 3. Understand Different Beliefs and Experiences: Listen to the Stories of Others

Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don’t have to do anything else. We don’t have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.

Margaret J. Wheatley

Chapter 4. Be an Effective Citizen Activist: Know your Own Story

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf

Chapter 5. Be Strategic: Analyzing Policies and Political Paradigms

A difference, to be a difference, must make a difference.

Gertrude Stein

Conclusion – Being in the Real World: Response-Abililty

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.

Emily Dickinson

Appendix – The Stories of Exemplary Citizen Activists

All it takes is a few good people to keep you sane.

Chris Rock