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Civic Driven Change: Organizing Civic Action

By Harry C. Boyte

This policy brief explores the emergence of organizing as a method of citizen action for change, as it differs from mobilizing and other approaches to problem-solving. The focus of organizing is on developing civic agency as a central element of work on concrete issues. Civic agency is defined as capacities for self-directed collective action in open settings with no predetermined outcomes but a general orientation to the common good.covery’ of civic agency in aided development.

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