To fulfil its promise, democracy must meet challenges of equity, inclusion and accountability. This requires an "organized" citizenry with the power to articulate and assert its interests effectively. Unfortunately, in the Philippines, the concerns of many remain muted because of unequal and declining citizen participation. Organized communities confront these challenges by revitalizing old democratic institutions and creating new ones. Leaders learn to view social, economic, and political problems from an organizer's perspective, and to act on these problems using a "praxis" of organizing: "mapping" power and interests, developing leadership, building relationships, motivating participation, devising strategies and mobilizing resources to create organizations and win campaigns. Principles common to community and issue organizing are emphasized.