Robert Fisher

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Robert Fisher teaches in and chairs a graduate-level program in community organizing at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is the author of Let The People Decide: Neighborhood Organizing in America and most recently co-author of Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing.

Government-Funded Organizing?

Public funding for community organizing would strengthen our democracy and re-legitimize a beleaguered public sector. It's time to stop writing off the idea.

What Kind of Community Organizations and for What Purpose?

We expect the "solutions" to social problems to be found within the community, and yet community groups, more often than not, work beyond their communities' boundaries. Why? Because they see the reality that if social and economic justice are to be realized in a community, then changes that are larger than the community must take place.

How to Overcome the Current Limitations in Theory and Practice

Our forthcoming book, Contesting Community, outlines several propositions in the closing chapter that have been put in place in various ways by the organizations...