Applications now open for online organizing course

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Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change is an online program I have developed with Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, designed to support leaders of civic associations, advocacy groups, and social movements learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change. The program offers a unique online learning opportunity for nonprofit and non-governmental organization leaders to interact with colleagues from around the world.

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!

To apply, or for more information on program dates, tuition, and curriculum, please visit the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change web site at

If you have any questions, please feel free to call James Brockman, the Program’s Executive Director, at 617-496-6082 or send him an e-mail at


Marshall Ganz

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

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