21-25 January 2020

Bangkok, Thailand

(Boonlert Wisetpreecha / Uppayut Chantarapa)

Module Description:

 Most social change initiatives without serious people’s participation do not last. Community organizing for empowerment is a fine art with people participation as a core value.  Although it takes time and the process is complicated, it warrants serious attention from community change leaders as the outcome is more likely to sustain.  Participants will visit some success stories of communities that have gone through this process and learn about how they moved from community organising around single issues, to a social movement for structural change. We will review how they have arrived at the present point, linking the practices and theories behind them and pondering their possibilities for success and failure in the future.      


Learning Goal

         To empower participants from diverse successful stories of grassroot people and inspire them to participate in community organising work in their own areas

Learning Outcomes

         Participants will:

  1. understand the conceptual framework, methodology and principles of community organising work and values of people participation and organisation
  2. be exposed to the skills involved with community organizing in the world of capitalisation
  3. have ability to analyse the community issues and structural violence

Learning Themes and Schedule

Recommended readings and websites:


Pyles, Loretta, 2009. Progressive Community Organizing: A Critical. Approach for a Globalizing World.New York, NY: Routledge.



Alinsky, SD, 1971. Rules for Radicals[Online]. Retrieved From: https://chisineu.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/saul-alinsky-rules-for-radicals-1989.pd

Bhatkal, Tanvi and Lucci, Paula, 2015. Community-driven development in the slums: Thailand’s experience[Online]. Blue Delliquanti. Retrieved From: https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9669.pdf

Nattawut Usavagovitwong, 2012. Successful Approaches to National Slum Upgrading and Prevention, Thailand[Online]. Housing Study Unit Center for Integrated Socio-Spatial Research. Retrieved From: https://www.spu.ac.th/architecture/files/2012/10/Working-paper-series-No_71.pdf

Movies and Documentaries:

 Abhayuth Chantrabha. Urban Poor Movement in Indonesia. Retrieved From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSAdEUuWI1A&t=2436s&list=WL&index=66

 Director, Smith, Miranda, 1989. Chico Mendes: Voice of the Amazon. USA: Miranda Productions Inc.