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 […]
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 is an online version of the organizing class I teach […]
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.
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…
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Leading Change Network is pleased to share the Organizing Notes 2013 by Marshall Ganz in Arabic. In the past three years, Marshall Ganz has mentored Nisreen Haj Ahmad and a team of 30 organizing coaches support community organizing in Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia. Nisreen and team established Ahel.org and Mujtama3i.org through which they coach campaigns and share their learning. Up to date, they have trained over a 1200 people and 6 campaigns. They have recently translated Marshall Ganz’ organizing notes to Arabic and are sharing it widely with activists and community leaders in the Arab world. The notes were originally […]
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 […]
The Long View: Why “Maximizing Shareholder Value” Is On Its Way Out By Rick Wartzman In 1986, Peter Drucker warned of a severe threat to our “long-term economic future.” “Corporate managements,” he wrote, “are being pushed into subordinating everything (even such long-range considerations as a company’s market standing, its technology, indeed its basic wealth-producing capacity) to immediate earnings and next week’s stock price.” In the decades since Drucker sounded that alarm, the problem of short-termism hasn’t abated much, if at all. A recent global survey by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and McKinsey & Co. found that 63% 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, […]
Friends, Hahrie Han teaches organizing at Wellesley – the “real’ way to introduce students to what civic engagement is all about. This is a video made by Ace Wang, the lead organizer in Fossil Free Wellesley, a campaign dedicated to getting Wellesley College to divest from fossil fuels. She launched the campaign as her project in the organizing class in the spring semester of 2013. In that semester, Fossil Free Wellesley got almost 50% of the student body to sign a petition in support, which they delivered to Wellesley College President Kim Bottomly in the meeting shown in the video […]
Dear friends, Exciting, challenging and rewarding six months for Ahel. We wanted to share our news and activities: coaching community campaigns, training leaders, and capturing our learning all along. You will also find mention of interesting campaigns and activists from the region with whom we have proudly worked. We encourage you to know more about them. Access the newsletter on our website here: English newsletter: http://bit.ly/15X0nPy Arabic newsletter: http://bit.ly/17MWUWf First and last paragraphs below – “Six months passed since our last newsletter. During those six months Ahel conducted ten training workshops for 170 organizers and community leaders. Some focused on public narrative, […]
Dear readers, This is one way the UK’s National Health Service drew on organizing tools learned through their work with Kate Hilton, Chris Lawrence-Pietroni, Sarah Kopse-Scholberg back in 2010-11. While more in the direction of “mobilizing” than “organizing” in a traditional sense, it is a provocative effort to find ways organizing tools could be used to support the exercise of leadership in organization change, adaptation of traditional administrative hierarchies, and motivating people to find ways to translate their values into action, especially when these values, often what called them to their work in the first place, clash with the economic […]
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 […]
Read Meredith Mira’s wonderful, inspirational narrative at LCN Global Gathering 2013. LCNTI Public Narrative My name is Meredith Mira and I am representing the Network’s Teaching Initiative, which is comprised of six great teachers who are leading change including Mary Hannah Henderson, Matt Lewis, Celina Barrios-Milner, Tiffany Steinwert, and Hope Wood. I grew up in the midwestern college town of West Lafayette, Indiana as the daughter of two teachers who believed deeply in all of their students regardless of their background. While I steered away from education for several years after college, my interest in student engagement led me to […]