Rooted in social movement, community organizing, and labor traditions, the Leading Change Network (LCN) has been inspired by the work of Marshall Ganz with a diverse, committed and skilled core of practitioners, educators, and scholars. LCN is focused on developing leadership, improving practice, and building capacity through classrooms, distance learning, workshops, projects and campaigns. LCN associates have, in the last 6 years, led 448 workshops, reaching 32,184 people, in some 25 countries.
Working across boundaries we have developed organizing capacity for example, in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Serbia, Jordan, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Australia, China, New Zealand and Japan and have capacity in English, Arabic, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, French, Urdu, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese. We have been able to do this by supporting the development of local leadership in domains including health care, the environment, racial justice, education, economic justice, youth development, human rights, gender equity, workers’ rights, and political reform. And we have collaborated with organizations that include the New Organizing Institute, United We Dream, Institute for Health Care Improvement, California Teachers Association, Mothers Out Front, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and others in the US. We also supported local leadership in developing organizing training capacity with Ahel in Jordan, Serbia on the Move, SEED for Social Innovation China, Community Organizing Japan, Via Educacion in Mexico, Cevea in Denmark, Hayiyya in India, CSEA, District Health Board-Counties Manakau in New Zealand and elsewhere.
Our approach is rooted in a culture of dedication to craft, ongoing evaluation, and continual learning. By building organizing capacity across diverse contexts we deepen our understanding of core practices, learn adaptation within distinct cultures, and are building a network of practitioners whose diverse experience contribute to the strengthening of effort rooted in shared values. Thus far we have developed some 170 trainers, from 36 countries who have implemented training in 30 different languages.
Building on this foundation we can make a significant contribution to confronting the current crisis. But it will require greater intentionality, more effective structure, and reaching far greater scale to our work.