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Making VolunteersCivic Life after Welfare's End$
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Nina Eliasoph

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147093

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147093.001.0001

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Finding Patterns in the “Open and Undefined” Organization: Gray Flannel Man Is Mostly Dead

Finding Patterns in the “Open and Undefined” Organization: Gray Flannel Man Is Mostly Dead

(p.231) Conclusion Finding Patterns in the “Open and Undefined” Organization: Gray Flannel Man Is Mostly Dead
Making Volunteers

Nina Eliasoph

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter pieces together some practical proposals based on the findings set out in the previous chapters. Like any other kind of organization, Snowy Prairie's empowerment projects had developed relatively predictable routines. Through their routines, the projects potentially arrived somewhere that may, in some ways, be better than where they had planned to go. The point of this chapter is to see what those potentials may be, both in Snowy Prairie and in other parts of the world. It starts by asking how Snowy Prairie empowerment projects' everyday routines had made it hard for organizers to notice those potentialities. The chapter then outlines a list of concrete suggestions to make empowerment projects work better. Finally, the chapter shows how these organizations' everyday routines are contributing to seismic historical transformations.

Keywords:   Snowy Prairie, empowerment projects, predictable routines, potentials, everyday routines, historical transformations

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