Feb 8: “Consensus Organizing: Building Communities of Mutual Self-Interest”

The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work 2012 Speaker Series presents, Michael Eichler, Executive Director, ConsensusOrganizing Center at San Diego State University.

Mike Eichler is a faculty member of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University and the Director of the ConsensusOrganizing Center. He has over 20 years of experience in community organizing and is the creator of the method of consensus organizing. He has worked with unemployed steelworkers, casino owners, welfare recipients, bankers, corporate executives and the homeless bringing them together around common self-interest. He began his organizing career in Pittsburgh where he helped a neighborhood battle the illegal practices of racial steering and blockbusting by joining forces with a for profit real estate firm. When hired by Pittsburgh executives to help address economic problems caused by the closing of the steel mills, he brought the unemployed and the business leaders together to begin revitalization of the region. He was asked by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to expand his work throughout the country and organized new grass roots efforts in such diverse cities as West Palm Beach FloridaNew Orleans LouisianaLas Vegas Nevada, and Houston Texas. He started his own national non-profit, the Consensus Organizing Institute which trained organizers in the consensus organizing method.

He has been recognized for his contributions by receiving the Mon Valley Initiative’s coveted John Heinz Award and has been selected by San Diego State students as Professor of the Year in 2001, 2004 and 2005.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm in the School of Social Work Conference Center at the University of Pittsburgh (2017 Cathedral of Learning in Oakland, 15213).  Lunch will be provided; registration is not required.  Questions? (412) 624-6304 / www.socialwork.pitt.edu

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