community organisers

Jim Pickard

Not sure if this has had any pick-up but in Francis Maude’s speech he promised to set up his own army of community organisers:

So we’re creating a Big Society Bank, training a whole new generation of community organisers, involving more voluntary and social enterprises in public service provision. Social action; community engagement.

Could this possibly have been borrowed from David Miliband’s “Movement for Change”, modelled on Barack Obama’s similar campaign?