January 1, 2007
This chapter from Rich Wood's "Community Organizing and Political Change in the City" looks at PICO's organizing effort to influence policy-making on health care, public safety, education, immigrant rights, and housing at the state and national levels.
December 1, 2006
This article reviews thinking and experimentation by staff and leaders within the PICO network designed to increase the social impact of community organizing while keeping this grassroots movement firmly rooted in the values and control of local communities.
February 1, 2006
In this chapter from his book "Building a People of Power: Equipping Churches to Transform Their Communities," author and minister Dr. Robert Linthicum teaches how to build relational power by taking the time to sit down, talk and build a trust relationship.
February 10, 2003
This article from the Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology examines the impact of faith-based organizing on issues of blight and crime in Camden, NJ.
September 15, 2002
Sociology professor Richard Wood spent several years working with PICO and another group. His book shows how community activism and religious organizations can help build a more just and democratic future for all Americans.
June 5, 2002
This paper from the Journal of Change Management argues that the success of an organisation is vested in the formation of sustainable relationships with the primary purpose of leadership being to influence the feelings and emotions of those associated with the organisation; to create the emotional heart of the organisation and thus to determine the tenor of the relationships between the people inside and outside the organisation.
September 1, 2000
In this article from the American Political Science Review, Theda Skocpol, Marshall Ganz, and Ziad Munson from Harvard University "show that membership organizations emerged early in U.S. history and converged towards the institutional form of the representatively governed federation."
November 4, 1997
Veteran PICO organizer Jim Keddy looks at the organizing principle at the center of the PICO model - "Power rests in the relationship." Because the word "relationship" is used by many professions, Keddy reflects upon the distinctive relational pattern suggested by the PICO model of organizing.
January 1, 1995
In this article from the Journal of Community Psychology, Dr. Paul Speer and Dr. Joseph Hughey compare the differences in the ability to develop power between neighborhood-based community organizing and congregation-based community organizing.
An article from the American Journal of Community Psychology looking at how the PICO Network's organizing principles and cycle of activity highlights the relationship between empowerment and power.