Civic Organizing Framework


The Civic Organizing Framework guides MACI’s work. Organizations invests resources in organizing strategies that are consistent with its values and operating principles, using agreed upon standards of accountability to get outcomes that benefit the whole.


The Civic Organizing Framework is based upon the democratic belief in the people as the basis for producing a just society. Leaders operationalize these beliefs as governing principles within their particular institutional purpose and goals. The outcome produces a new approach to policy making that organizes the civic capacity and civic infrastructure needed to govern for the common good.


Civic organizing principles define how leaders use an organizing approach to advance democratic beliefs within their jurisdiction.


Civic organizing standards integrate the core political functions that define policy making–defining a problem, solving a problem, and establishing policies to sustain progress. Civic leaders use them in every situation to ensure that governance is done in light of civic principles.


Civic organizing strategies are implemented in each stage of civic organizing.


A civic organizing approach is implemented in four stages. Civic leaders use civic organizing strategies and civic organizing disciplines to achieve the goals of each stage.


Civic organizing disciplines are specific civic organizing practices that advance civic organizing in particular jurisdictions. They support civic leaders to meet civic principles and standards, and to organize civic capacity and a civic infrastructure while achieving particular goals.