In community organization/community work practice & research, understanding the root causes of social problems begins with seeing the strengths of a community.

The real challenge here lies within a practitioner/researchers' ability to understand themselves, others, & their relation to others in organizing.

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Deep, reflexive honesty to oneself concerning their biases, assumptions, power dynamics, & so on, is a crucial step in this process.

The other is to listen. Truly listen. Any other avenues are susceptible to enforcing & reinforcing oppression, the reification of problems, & failure. Wasted community energy is wasted opportunity for change.

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