As the coordinator of LCN’s Teaching Initiative, I’m excited to invite faculty to apply to participate in Professor Ganz’s online course Leadership, Organizing and Action (LOA): Leading Change. In addition to enrolling in the course, faculty will benefit from coaching to help them launch similar courses at their colleges/universities. Community college faculty are especially encouraged to apply! See the invitation below from Professor Ganz. Dear College and University Faculty, I’m writing to invite you to participate in my online course entitled Leadership, Organizing, and Action (LOA): Leading Change. LOA, which begins on February 9 and runs through May 15, […]
In 2012, together with a few other Romanians we started a social movement for the national election campaign. We mobilized over 25,000 Roma minority community members to increase the Roma political representation. Besides the relatively good support we obtained in a few areas, we were far from achieving the goal we set initially. Shortly after elections I`ve been overwhelmed by the lessons I had experienced along with the frustrations and disappointments; Paradoxically, I had more questions to ask now, after the elections, that before. Not only did I had huge difficulties in finding answers to my own questions, but people […]
During the Global Gathering we will hear from Organizers about several exciting mobilization efforts, and take time to reflect together on the lessons they hold for all of us as Organizers. Don’t wait until Saturday to learn about these efforts! Take a peek now at content already available online: Boresha Elimu, mobilizing support for early childhood education in Kenya, supported by Tatua Kenya Divest UVic, a campus effort in western Canada to confront climate change The Equitable Food Initiative, finding common cause in the food industry to improve farmworker rights and wages Prawer Won’t Pass, a mobilization to stop the […]
What are you doing on November 15th? This is the last call to register for our Global Gathering, a unique online conference. In 10 days, more than 100 people from 19 countries will be part of a rare opportunity to come together around our shared commitment to strategic organizing, powerful storytelling and effective leadership. We will be digging into some compelling challenges faced by organizers–such as The Role of Organizing, Mobilizing, and Services in Social Change, Sustainability in Organizing and Organizations, and Strategizing in Action– and learning from some powerful campaigns run by Serbia on the Move, Divest UVic, Tatua […]
Here are two reflections from participants in our past community gatherings. If you attended the 2012 Global Learning Conference or the 2013 Global Gathering we’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments. If you are attending this year’s gathering on November 15th (registration closes in two days!) let us know what you are looking forward to. “Last year’s Global Gathering was my first experience with LCN, and since then I’ve learned so much more about social change organizing by working with people from all around the world! Even though I didn’t know a single person at the Global Gathering last year, it […]
You may have noticed some subtle changes to our website about a month ago. What you couldn’t see then is that under the hood, this site has a whole new suite of new features designed to help our network members connect and communicate with each other. If you have registered for the Global Gathering then you have already found one key tool: member profiles. Once you create a profile, you can take advantage of many other tools. You can access them all through the menu under your name in the top-right corner of the site whenever you are logged in. […]
Building bridges across languages and cultures is not new to me as an American who has lived abroad more than half my life, and who has spent time working as an interpreter. What is new and refreshing to me is seeing how I can apply my organizing skills in so many different arenas, in other words, which will be familiar to all – continuing truly to take responsibility for enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. Returning my focus to organizing theory, sharing organizing stories and experiences with others – these keep my eyes and my heart open to all of the organizing work that is out there to do. I hope you will be similarly inspired by this year’s Global Gathering!
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?