Mike Gecan – Change Maker Chat

Mike Gecan is a 45 year veteran organiser based in the United States. He is the former National Co-Director of the first, largest and oldest community organising network in the world – the Industrial Areas Foundation. He talks to us about what organising is, and what it is not. He shares stories about how he learnt about power, and explores some of the differences between social change traditions like mobilising and organising. He also gives us a fresh take on the upcoming Trump v Biden 2020 US Presidential Election.

Further reading

“In My Father’s House There Are Many Mansions and I’m Going to Get Me Some of Them, Too.” Atlantic 229:4 (1972).

The Case for Reparations, Ta-Hanesi Coates, The Atlantic Monthly, 2014

Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America, Beryl Satter, 2010.

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