The following document was written in 1972 for use in the training of teachers. If
many recognize it as the facilitative process, the Delphi technique, to which they
have been exposed, such is because they are one and the same. This process has
been around for a long time, being perfected and fine-tuned, awaiting the time
when it would be implemented extensively in the interests of transforming
Alinsky for Teacher Organizers
J. Michael Arisman
Midwest Training Consultant
National Education Association
The Industrial Areas Foundation is a training institute for community organizers.
The IAF was run by Saul Alinsky until his death in June of 1972. Edward
Chambers is its Associate Director, and Richard Harmon is Director of Field
Operations. In January of 1972, Alinsky, Chambers and Harmon conducted a
training program for UniServ personnel in the State of Kentucky, and in February a
training program for Illinois UniServ personnel. The material enclosed is drawn
from those training programs in the "Principles of Organizing."
The reader will note that the text makes constant reference to Alinsky, but not to
Chambers or Harmon. This is merely a convenience. Alinsky, Chambers and
Harmon all contributed to the views which we identify here as Alinsky's. Their
conceptualization of the task of organizing is identical in all substantial regard.
This is why a combination of views can be described as Alinsky's. It should be
noted, however, that selection of material for inclusion in the article, as well as
phraseology, is the author's, and is not the responsibility of the IAF staff.
CONCEPT OF ORGANIZING
Alinsky has a well defined concept of organizing. When he talks to teacher
organizers, he talks community organizing. Alinsky believes that the teacher
association's real power base is not in the teachers, but in the community. He
does not see our task of organizing them as any different from those of his own
Because he sees the teacher's power base outside the members