About Organized Power
Organized Power is a civic engagement and community organizing project spearheaded by a small group of community activists in Portland, Oregon. The project’s primary organizers are drawn from current PortlandWiki contributors and others active in the Portland community. The project’s organizing focus is to connect individuals and groups living in particular communities with each other, and to also connect these intra-connected communities with one another.
Civic wikis play a central role in Organized Power’s community-building strategy. As the city wiki for Portland, PortlandWiki is a great example of a civic wiki. In addition to acting as a “knowledge commons” for a given community, a civic wiki can act as that community’s networking hub by linking together individuals and organizations who share common interests. In this way, civic wikis can function as a Wikipedia, Wikinews and WikiLeaks, as well as a community yellow pages, telephone directory and neighborhood bulletin board -- all at the same time.
Organized Power also focuses on identifying free or freely available technologies that individuals and groups within a given community can use to assist them with their organizing goals and community building efforts. In this context, Organized Power acts as a technology consultant and service provider to deploy carefully selected collaborative technologies, and to train people how to use them. The overarching goal is to assist people within the community in making use of these technologies for the purpose of bringing people together to meet, plan, communicate, collaborate, get things done and enjoy each other’s company.