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PICO Training: PICO Organizing Process

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February 10, 2009 | Download Document

PICO Training
PICO Organizing Process


*see attached document for more a map of the organizing process*


This is the third exploratory session.  People are being invited to learn about a disciplined model of organizing their community. People will be asked to make a decision if this model is something their congregation should develop.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Expose people to a snapshot of the PICO model.
  2. Provide a framework for them to make a decision.
  3. Understand the next steps.

Key Principle(s):

Power is a product of relationship.

People act out of their self-interest.

Potential Faith References:


PICO Model Training

PICO Organizing Process

The PICO organizing process is designed to provide a disciplined, structured frame work for leaders to learn, experience and reflect on the PICO Principles. The underlying principle is: "Never do for others what they can do for themselves".

The essentials of the process are:

Ø  1-1s:          Face to face meetings with community people, where leaders reach out to others to build relationship, listen for concerns and invite participation. Principles to be internalized: "power is a product of relationship" and "self interest moves people"

Ø  Research:  Meeting with public officials where leaders identify possible solutions to issues identified, test their own public skills and develop relationships with public officials. Principles to be internalized: "Relationships are reciprocal" and "People cannot be responsible for what they do not understand"

Ø  Action:  Large community meetings where community comes together to display political power and win commitments from public officials. Principles to be internalized:  "Power is taken, not given" and "Action is in the reaction"

Ø  Evaluation: After every activity, leaders reflect on their work. Principles to be internalized: "Empowerment is developmental"