Can you imagine more than 100 organizers, learners, researchers from all over the world meeting virtually to get to know each other personally, to share and listen about each other’s campaigns and to discuss challenges that they face? Can you imagine being paired with a coaching partner that works in the same field as you, but in a different country and context?
The Global Gathering content team is pleased to present this draft agenda for our online conference. The final agenda will be decided with your help. Let us know if you have a story to share when you register now.
LEADING CHANGE involves identifying, recruiting, and developing leadership, organizing community around that leadership, and building power from the resources of that community. Taking a “head, heart and hands” approach, we link concepts, values and practice in a highly interactive setting.
The program is designed for leaders conducting real-life organizing projects that support their organization’s ongoing work – campaigns or organizing projects, for example, of NGOs, unions, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and other social movements. We also encourage team participation. Participants build relationships, coach one another and learn together online and in their local communities.
In the past 5 years, 458 alumnus from 41 countries have completed the course, working in a wide array of fields, including education, health care, immigration rights, food justice, gender equality, union/workers rights, electoral campaigns, environmental justice, human rights and international relations. Join us!
Applications are open until December 9, 2014. To apply, or for more information on program dates, tuition, and curriculum, please visit the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change web site at www.hks.harvard.edu/ee/fb
Marshall Ganz recently published a review of Micah Sifry’s “The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet)” on The Nation website. In addition to being a graduate of Ganz’s online Leadership, Organizing, and Action class, Sifry is the cofounder of the Personal Democracy Forum and an adviser at the Sunlight Foundation, and has been investigating the Internet’s impact on our democracy for over a decade.
Ganz finds that while Sifry gets much of the technological issues right, he misses the organizing lessons and fails to explore why this is a particular problem for the left and not for the right.
I am excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2014 Global Gathering. The event will be held from 9:00am EDT to 12:30pm EDT on November 15th. The early bird rate of $20 will only be available until October 26th, so please don’t delay. Register now, and share this post to tell your colleagues.
The LCN Teaching Initiative is thrilled to share syllabi from nine faculty teaching adaptations of the Organizing: People, Power, Change course at their colleges and universities in the LCN Resource Center. You’ll see that while each instructor has adapted the pedagogy to their unique college contexts and student populations, there are core elements of the pedagogy common to all the courses. Our approach is based on offering students an opportunity to organize others to work together to achieve shared purpose rooted in five specific practices: relationship building, story telling, strategizing, acting, and structuring leadership. Students commit to values based organizing projects that require mobilizing others to determine, strategize, and achieve an outcome by the end of the semester.
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.
Being a parent is not an easy job. It is full time, requires proficiency, love, patience, and of course 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.
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 […]
We 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.
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.
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.
We are so excited to announce the release of Hahrie Han’s new book about how organizations build and mobilize effective networks of activists.
A few months ago, LCN launched its first election, and the participation of the LCN community enabled a Board of Directors to be voted in! We learned a lot in the process of organizing the election, and we wanted to share this learning so others could benefit as well.
Our Network Organizer Ruby Sinreich took the lead on writing this report with great support and advice from Dan Grandone, Marshall Ganz, Sung E Bai, and the Board candidates. We hope you find it useful.
Whereas the 20th Century had people on the ground, going into different countries, and making attempts at creating peace, the 21st Century has thus far been very innovative in its technological efforts internationally. Some countries are taking part in Internet protests where it may not be safe to physically protest, and others are joining in social forms so that people from many different countries can get together over the web to collaborate on ideas for peace, human rights, and other issues. Another popular way of taking part in activism internationally is using the Internet. For example, in China, it is […]
The 20th Century was a turbulent time for peace internationally. However, it was a time where leaders, civil rights leaders, activists, and humanitarians soared and succeeded in creating networks around the world through strikes, protests, and other types of advocacy. Throughout this century, we saw a rise of social movements that tried to connect internationally. It’s hard to think about international movements with gender without thinking about women’s suffrage. According to Keck and Sikkink, there has been a major mutual influence and international cooperation among women suffrage movements around the world. In 1904, the Women Suffrage Association Suffrage Association was […]
We are excited to announce the winners of our first membership-wide board election. We appreciate all 15 candidates for their willingness to serve and engage in this active month-long campaign. And a special thanks to all of you for voting! There were 367 total ballots cast from members across 44 countries. Congratulations to the top 7 candidates (in bold) who become the Network’s new board members! Jacob Waxman 149 Rawan Zeine 146 Christina Sánchez 143 Predrag Stojicic 139 Jesse Wilderman 129 Art Reyes […]