Civic Organizing Disciplines


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.

Institutional Operating Principles

Institutions integrate the Civic Organizing Framework into the principles and practices that define the particular institution. The operating principles document becomes the jurisdiction’s primary policy document.

Civic Leadership as Life Work

A civic leader is an individual, who organizes, educates and sets policies (governs) in light of Institutional Operating Principles. A civic leader integrates civic organizing into all roles.

Power Analysis

Civic leaders use a power analysis to organize stakeholders to define problems and govern in the tension between Institutional Operating Principles and the need to achieve particular goals. Outcome produces agreement on specific civic organizing strategies to implement in work plans.

Work Plan

A civic organizing work plan is based upon civic organizing stages and strategies and particular goals that need to be reached. Stakeholders integrate the specific agreements and expected outcomes reached through the power analysis into a civic organizing work plan that holds them accountable for creating a climate for civic organizing, restructuring existing resources, organizing a base of influence, and sustaining operating principles within their jurisdiction. Outcomes contribute to achieving common goals and advance a common civic agenda.

Principled-Driven Calendar

Civic leaders organize their calendar to ensure that work plan goals and objectives are achieved through the practice of civic organizing.

Public Meetings

A specific time and place for all stakeholders to impact governance as work plans are implemented.

Public Evaluation

All public meetings have a time certain for key stakeholders to evaluate outcomes based upon measures that define a civic organizing approach:

  • Meet particular institutional goals.
  • Use of civic organizing disciplines to organize key stakeholders to achieve goals.
  • Timeliness. Deadlines are met with lead time for organizing key stakeholders to achieve outcomes.

Civic policy making

the use of civic organizing disciplines is a new approach to policy making that produces the civic capacity and civic infrastructure needed to achieve particular principles and goals and sustain democracy as a just system of governance in each generation.