A photo of Kanoko Kamata, Huang Hui, local organizing team members, and 45 participants from NGO’s and community groups from all over Japan. This was Kanoko's first 2.5 day organizing workshop in Tokyo. December 2013.

Members of Serbia on the Move at a recent launching of the new project called "How will your doctor be?" An initial campaign to address corruption in the Serbian health system.

Farhan Latif,  Sarah Smith, Chris Looi, Rawan Zeine, Yusufi Vali and Marshall Ganz, holding a Public Narrative workshop at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. February 23, 2013

On June 2, 2013, the pictured team led a Public Narrative workshop with 30 doctoral students enrolled in the Global Health Leadership Program at Tokyo University. From left to right:  Hui ‘Helen’ Huang, Sayako Kanamori, Kanoko Kamata, Tomohiro Hamakawa, Mariko Gakiya, Marshall Ganz, Naoko Jinjo, Amina Sugi and Miho Shimizu.

Latino Leadership Initiative Coaches & Trainers, June 2013. — left to right:  Melanie Vant, Uyen Doan, Celina Barrios-Millner, Lucia Moritz, Abel Cano, Rawan Zeine, Jacob Waxman, Marshall Ganz and Christopher Torres.

Public Narrative training with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI), April 2013. From left to right: Yusufi Vali, Jenny Howlett, Brie Loskota,Nadia Roumani, Predrag Stojicic, Farhan Latif, Sofia Begg Latif, Rawan Zeine, Nura Sediqe, Marshall Ganz and Sumaya Abubaker.

Community Organizing Training with Canada's First Nations & Environmental Leaders. March 22-24, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Network Training Team included: Dan Grandone, Jake Waxman, Esther Handy & Jennifer Hollett.

Participants of the "Learning Conference 2012"  

Participants of the "Learning Conference 2012" during the Strategy Deep Learning Session  

" Learning Conference 2012" - Strategy Session  


Movements for Change: The Bob Fitch Photography Archive at Stanford Libraries

Posted on September 08, 2014

If you are in the Bay Area, you might like to check out this exhibition of Bob Fitch’s iconic photos from the civil rights movement. More information is after the jump.

more fitchMG and Cesar with flag from Bob Fitch exhibit
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Instructors Share Practical Wisdom

Posted on August 06, 2014

The LCN Teaching Initiative supports college and university instructors in adapting our pedagogy to their teaching of community organizing, civic engagement, and  leadership. We kicked off our effort by convening the educators who have been  developing this work at five institutions, considering ways to engage others,  and developing a plan for the year. Educators from the following institutions participated in the kick-off convening: Harvard University, Wellesley College, University of Michigan, Providence College and Syracuse University. The focus of the discussion and exercise in “practical wisdom”, as one faculty member put it, was on how to enable students to be more … Continue reading

Don’t mess with moms! Serbia on the Move wins campaign for maternity pay.

Posted on August 05, 2014

serbia video screenshotWe are pleased to share this inspiring video about Serbia on the Move’s campaign to guarantee timely maternity leave payments to new mothers. It tells the story of one of the many women impacted by the problem, and how she joined forces with hundreds of other mothers to change the policy.

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Community Organizing helps labor unions in Japan

Posted on July 24, 2014

Lecture by MarshallThe Japanese Trade Union Confederation – Rengo (JTUC-Rengo) has been eager to incorporate community organizing into their work. Community Organizing Japan (COJ) proposed an organizing workshop to Rengo which took place June 19-21, 2014, thanks to the effort of Shugo Ikemoto, Secretary General of COJ who has a strong connection with Rengo. COJ invited Dr. Marshall Ganz and conducted the workshop together with a teaching team of 10 Japanese-speaking coaches, led by Katsurako Matsuzawa and Kanoko Kamata, COJ. Continue reading

An opportunity to teach organizing/leadership to college students

Posted on July 23, 2014

If you are a college or university instructor, please read this important message from Shana Berger, Leading Change Network Teaching Initiative Coordinator and let us know if you are interested in participating.

The goal of the LCN Teaching Initiative is to invite college and university educators to join us in expanding opportunities for students to learn community organizing, civic engagement, and leadership based on a pedagogy we have developed at Harvard College, Providence College, College of the Holy Cross, Stonehill College, Wellesley College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Michigan and Syracuse University. Continue reading

Rights for Moms: Mothers Make A Power Shift in Serbia

Posted on July 21, 2014

We are pleased to share this update from Ana Babovic, team leader of the Serbia on the Move core team.

SOTM moms bravo Being a parent is not an easy job. It is full time, requires proficiency, love, patience and after all money. No matter how difficult it is, everybody says it’s one of the most precious moments in your life when you get that screaming small creature. However, In Serbia moms don’t have that luxurious position to enjoy carelessly those moments. The fact that their salary is late for months put them in the position of worry about how to create sufficient means and satisfy all needs of newly born kids. To be clear, we are talking about fully and legally employed women whose salary during 11 months of maternity leave is guaranteed by state. However, irresponsible state hided itself behind the employer who is in charge of payments for moms, which are then reimbursed by state. This of course functions only on paper since in real life state is late with these payments which puts employer in the situation to finance state and become financially impotent. At the end of the story, employers don’t pay moms and moms are left without salaries in the moment when they need money at most.

With an idea of solving this problem Serbia on the move started a campaign to push the state to take full responsibility for moms and pay them directly from the state budget.
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“How Organizations Develop Activists” – new book by professor Hahrie Han

Posted on July 09, 2014

We are so excited to announce the release of Hahrie Han’s new book about how organizations build and mobilize effective networks of activists. Below is a letter from Hahrie to members of the network. We hope you’ll check it out.

Hahrie HanI first learned about organizing as an undergraduate in Marshall Ganz’s seminar at Harvard. Growing up in Texas as the daughter of Korean immigrants who were more concerned about securing their own financial footing than they were about politics, I had never heard of community organizing. But in that class, I developed a language and framework for understanding the experiences I had attending school as the only Asian kid in a predominantly white, wealthy parochial school. Building power, Marshall’s class taught me, begins with developing leadership.

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