Organizing to achieve better election integrity involves coming together into a group, or social network, that acts in shared interest.
In general, connecting with and building a network amplifies power.
• Organizing can aim to create a durable organization, or it can be less formal and more temporary in character.
• Organizing can promote consensus building, which may be viewed as a later step in the chain that creates change.
• Organizing can also address earlier steps in the chain, where change may involve conflict, a willingness to struggle, or even be ridiculed or ostracized at first, in order to generate collective strength for the powerless.
• A key goal of organizing is to build greater power for a group of individuals to influence decision-makers.
• Organizing facilitates actions which require a variety of different skill sets.
Organizing goals can include:
• Getting “a place at the table” for a representative of a group that does not hold power.
• Creating public awareness by having many voices talking to media, doing public speaking at political council meetings, or creating a visual event such as a demonstration.