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

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

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

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

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

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

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An opportunity to teach organizing/leadership to college students

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

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Rights for Moms: Mothers Make A Power Shift in Serbia

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

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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LCN Election Report Released

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.

Click here to read the report on Google Docs.

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Election Results In!

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   … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Marshall!

Last week was the birthday of our own Marshall Ganz. One of his students compiled this video with hundreds of greetings from around the world.

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LCN 2014 Board Candidate Forum

Welcome to the 2014 LCN Board Candidate forum!

Members of the Leading Change Network will be electing a new Board of Directors in a few weeks. Candidates will have several opportunities to answer questions from members about their qualifications and vision for the network. The questions for this forum will be submitted by members like you, and generated by the LCN Election Committee. Continue reading

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What would you like to know about the candidates for the board of the Leading Change Network?

Members of the Leading Change Network will be electing a new Board of Directors in a few weeks. Click here to learn more about the process. Candidates will have several opportunities to answer questions from members about their qualifications and vision for the network.

We invite any members of our community to suggest questions for the board candidates. Here are some of the ways you can do this… Continue reading

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Electing a new Board for the Leading Change Network!

In March, we will hold the first Network-wide elections as the next steps in the Leading Change Network’s transition process. All members are invited to participate.

Visit our election information page to learn more and get involved! »

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Leadership and Organizing Talk at Globis Management School, Tokyo

Dear All, These are videos of a talk, interview, and q&a on organizing at the Globis School of Management in Tokyo. They put the organizing work we do in a bit of a larger context as to the role of agency, collaboration, as a way of doing things, central to democratic practice, as opposed to top down command and control and market based individual competition. The event was part of the community organizing initiative launched by Kanoko Kamata and team in Japan. https://www.facebook.com/communityorganizing.jp    NHK national television reported on workshop last night. Marshall Mr. Ganz and Kanoko-san, http://globis.tv/en/movie/?e=1224 http://globis.tv/en/movie/?e=1226 http://globis.tv/en/movie/?e=1228 … Continue reading

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Organizing and the Dependency Cycle: A case from Kenya

On the 18th of December, 20 Leading Change Members joined to discuss how community organizing can impact the dependency circle that current aid culture enforces.  Our objectives were to, share our individual experiences, discuss actions we could take to change this dynamic in our work and determine collective actions we could take to address the dependency challenge. We tackled these objectives through looking at four case studies based on my experience at Tatua Kenya (case studies can be found online here), asking ourselves: What historical power imbalances are evident in this case? What organizing practices could be used to address … Continue reading

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Job Opening – Network Coordinator, Leading Change Network

About Leading Change Network The Leading Change Network is a nonprofit global community of practice including organizers, researchers and educators. Initiated by Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School, and others, its purpose is to support its participants in developing the leadership, building the organizational capacity, and improving the ability of democratic organizing to meet the critical challenges of our times. At present, participants in 11 countries work on topics that range from immigration reform, human rights, gender equity, and economic justice to climate change, public health, and domestic violence. The demand, however, far exceeds our current capacity to respond, indicated by … Continue reading

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We need your help! Organizing 2.0 online survey

Dear Leading Change Network Community: Organizing 2.0, a project of LCN, needs your input! We’re developing new workshop curriculum on (re)strategizing and want to learn from your experiences as campaigners and trainers. Please complete this online survey by January 4th – it should take about 15-20 minutes. If you have specific resources to share, please email them to melanie.vant@gmail.com Background on the (Re)Strategizing Team: The (Re)Strategizing team developed this survey as part of their research and learning plan to create new workshop and teaching curricula.  Many of our current teaching resources focus on introducing the concept of strategizing and equipping … Continue reading

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Join Natalie Finstad Online Session – Organizing and the Dependency Cycle A case from Kenya

Dear Leading Change Network Community, It is time for our fourth online learning room on the 18th of December 2013 from 11:00AM-12:30AM EST. This time, we examine the role Community Organizing can have in ending the dependency cycle created by domestic and foreign aid practices. In the traditional aid model donors enter communities and offer money or donations to fix what they see as the community’s problems. While this approach may reduce external needs, it does nothing to address the deeper issues of dependency and inequality that prolong poverty. Community Organizing is about more than external challenges, it cultivates a … Continue reading

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Public Narrative Online Session Slides

Dear Friends, On Saturday, November 23rd, an online learning session on Public Narrative: Domination, Loss, Difference was held by Professor Marshall Ganz. In this learning room, participants discussed how to use public narrative to confront four challenges: power, loss, difference and change. Do we respond to domination with a story of resistance or of compliance? Do we respond to difference with a story of inclusion or exclusion? Do we respond to loss with a story of redemption or contamination? Do we respond to change with a story of rejection, accommodation, reform, or revolution? To learn more about the session, you … Continue reading

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Apply today! Online Program: Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change

Dear Leading Change Network Community, 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. Applications are open until December 10, 2013. To apply, or for more information on program dates, tuition, and curriculum, please visit the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change website: www.hks.harvard.edu/ee/loa LEADING … Continue reading

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