The Leading Change Network Global Affiliates (GA) Gathering 2015 was a three-day event bringing community organizing practitioners, trainers and coaches together from across the globe to discuss trends and challenges in community organizing, and to shape the path for future activities of the Global Affiliates. The meeting was held in Andrevlje, Serbia 27 – 29 March 2015. The GA meeting was attended by professor Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; Rawan Zeine, Leading Change Network Board Member, Nisreen Haj Ahmad, Project Coordinator for Global Affiliates, Sung E Bai, Leading Change Network Executive Director, and sixteen representatives from the […]
Dear friends, We wish you all a prosperous and happy New Year! As you know, we held our 2014 Global Gathering in November. We want to thank all of you who participated and contributed to the event. We regret that not all of those who registered were able to attend, especially due to technology challenges. Deeply appreciating all the efforts of participants and volunteers, we created a comprehensive Global Gathering Report which we hope will provide some insight to all that happened during the event. We hope you will enjoy reading it and you will join us in upcoming activities. […]
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 […]
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?
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Dear Leading Change Network Community, It is time for our third online learning room on 23 November 2013 from 11am -12:30pm EST. This time, we focus on Public Narrative: Domination, Loss, Difference and Change With Marshall Ganz. Many of us have learned the value of public narrative for telling our story of self, us, and now. The real test of public narrative, however, is whether it helps inspire the courage – in ourselves and in others – to respond to urgent challenges with purposeful action. And some challenges are far more challenging than others. In this learning room we discuss how […]
Dear friends, What is it like to be organizing a power with campaign? To change behavior? To support one another? If you think it’s not a radical change process, you must test your assumption one more time and dig deep! The “Power With” Campaigns session will draw on two campaigns in Jordan’s Jabal AlNatheef 6 Minutes Campaign on reading and Safe Homes on corporal punishment on children. The session will first frame why constituents chose a power with campaign and not a power over campaign. It will demonstrate how the learning module was developed to enhance the campaign tactics and how […]
Last Saturday Predrag Stojicic and Ana Babovic hosted an online learning circle to focus on Community Organizing in Health. Twenty people form five different countries attended the session in which they examined two case studies that highlighted tensions relevant to organizing in health. They explored the Serbia on the Move case and challenge in identifying the constituency and building power of patients and families. Different participants shared their experiences in organizing health highlighting the importance of examining the social and cultural contexts when pushing for change in healthcare. Some participants also raised the challenge of organizing patients because most of […]
Dear friends, The accumulation of knowledge and evidence in the health care has been tremendous, but still we are not able to change providers’ behavior nor the old matrix or structure of service delivery. Patient empowerment and engagement has been the buzzword for almost a decade, but it seems like the most commonly used strategy, financial incentives, is just not enough. Are you interested in discussing how can we learn from social movements and apply that knowledge in health care? Please join our ONLINE Learning Room – Organizing health on September 28th 2013 from 11:00am -12:00 pm EST facilitated by Predrag Stojicic, […]
On July 27th, 2013, 140 people from at least 28 countries convened for our first Leading Change Network (LCN) Global Gathering. To organize the Global Gathering, an LCN Leadership Team of Dan Grandone, Nisreen Haj Ahmad, Predrag Stojicic, Hope Wood, Nizar Farsakh, Nikola Ilic, Gerta Dhamo, Rawan Zeine, Maja Honda, and Mais Irqsusi worked together to set the agenda, identify and support session leaders, recruit attendees, test the online conference technology, and evaluate the session’s outcomes. The five-hour online session brought together organizers, trainers, researchers, and educators who work in a wide variety of fields, communities, and countries to launch […]
The Leading Change Network is running the learning webinars again, and you are welcome to attend all of them! Please take note of the dates for 2013 and we will be sending you a simple registration form to fill closer to the date of each webinar. Saturday, September 28 Organizing in Health – Pedja Stojicic Thursday, October 10 “Power With” Campaigns to Change Social Behavior – Samar Dudin Saturday, October 26 Advanced Public Narrative – Marshall Ganz Thursday, November 14 Organizing Away from Clientele to Constituency- Natalie Finstad Thursday, December 12 Campaign Values and Culture – Mais Irqsusi […]