Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing
by John Downing, Rob Fasano, Patricia Friedland, Michael Mc Cullough, Jeremy Shapiro, Terry Mizrahi Phd, Terry Mizrahi, Jeremy J. Shapiro
ISBN 0866568654 (0-86656-865-4)
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Hardcover, Routledge, 1991
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Book summary: Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing presents an original perspective on the uses of computers for community- and social-change-based organizations. Drawing on the experience of community organizers and administrators who use computers for social and political goals, and computer consultants who tailor systems to the specialized needs of small non-profit and membership groups, the book offers valuable information and advice on traditional and innovative applications.
Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing aims to reach professionals who want to explore and use the computer efficiently and creatively, including:
- computer professionals working for social change
- administrators of small social service and community organizations
- leaders of self-help organizations, networks, and coalitions
- paid and volunteer staff and leadership
Chapters range from suggestions on data-based implementation through reports on computer uses in neighborhood housing preservation and crime reduction, to discussions of the broad issues surrounding the role of technology in democratic social movements. This provocative book provides practical guidelines on computerizing for empowerment, together with insights into the challenges faced by low-budget organizations and contemporary social movements. Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing incorporates material from the precedential first and second New York City Conferences on Computers for Social Change: New Tools for Political and Community Organizing.
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