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Eichler, Michael. (2006). Consensus organizing, building communities of mutual self interest. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Buy this book now!


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“This book is not just for community organizers – it’s for anyone who is interested in social, organizational or even personal change.”

– Beth J. Rosenberg

“Michael Eichler’s book was easy to read, easy to absorb and easy to apply on a day-to-day level in my work and in my relationships. It poses a new method of working to mobilize the community for the purpose of affecting positive social change, and is an extremely valuable read.”

– Karen Franz


“If his readers have lost the capacity and the energy to care; if they have lost the ability to believe that good people with sound strategies can still make a difference, then reading Eichler will re-energize them and stimulate their creative juices to go out and become catalysts for social change.”

– Matthew Hawkins


•  Hohman, M & Eichler, M. (2012). Motivational interviewing in community organization work. In M. Hohman. Motivational interviewing in social work practice. New York: Guilford Press.

•  Rubin, Herbert & Irene Rubin. (2001). Community organizing and development. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

•  Gittell, Ross. (1998). Community organizing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

•  Gerzon, Myrk. (1996). A house divided. New York, NY: Putnam’ Sons.

•  Fisher, Robert. (1994). Let the people decide. New York, NY: Twayne Publishers.

•  Gittell, Ross. (1993). Renewing cities. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.




•  Berlant, Melissa. (2003). Program encourages success of foster kids. SDSU Aztec.

•  SDSU Universe. (2003). Consensus organizing center grooms young leaders.

•  Eichler, Michael. (2002). Developing new community leaders. San Diego Union Tribune.

•  Barbash, Shepard. (1998). The eichler effect. Stratos Magazine.

•  Eichler, Michael. (1995). Consensus organizing: Sharing power to gain power. National Civic Review, pp. 256-261.

•  Mott Exchange. (1993). Residents of south strive to revive the american dream. Volume 8 (3).

•  Consensus Organizing Institute. Civic Dictionary: Consensus organizing. Civic practices network.

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