Hello LCN friends/amigos, I’ll be training on Public Narrative in El Salvador, leaving on August 11, and am looking for spanish language resources, e.g. powerpoint slides, video examples, and worksheets. If you have these, please let me know! email@example.com Amig@s, voy a El Salvador el 11 de Agosto, donde yo dare capacitacion en Narrativa Publica. Busco las materiales para el curso en espanol, por ejemplo el powerpoint, los ejemplos en video, y las hojas de ejercicios. Si las tienes y te conviene compartirlas conmigo, por favor digame. Gracias! Brian Rawson firstname.lastname@example.org 617 728 2480
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. […]
In the fall of 2006, I took Marshall Ganz’s undergraduate seminar on organizing. To illustrate the power of public narrative, Marshall showed us Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. “My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya,” Obama recounted. “He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.” Throughout the the speech, Obama connected his own story to the experience of millions of Americans who also believed that “all men are created equal” and […]
Reflections on the LCN Training for Open Buffalo written by Max Anderson BUFFALO – The wintry blast that paralyzed much of the Buffalo region last month brought bitterness and cabin fever to thousands. Less than a week after this historic “Snowvember” deluge, four dozen local social justice crusaders who managed to shrug off its effects for a weekend of coaching, self-reflection, and profound peer-to-peer connections left feeling “blessed,” “full-hearted,” “affirmed.” Read more…
Across the country, educators’ and students’ hearts and minds have been captured by the police murder of unarmed, 18-year-old, African American, Michael Brown, and the ensuing uprising of the people of Ferguson. Educators in Ferguson and around the nation are rising to the challenge of engaging with the transformative purposes of education. The LCN Teaching Initiative would like to share their resources to support faculty with engaging students in learning, reflection, dialogue and action around the events of Ferguson and issues of racism, police brutality and inequality. In August 2014, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
LEADING CHANGE involves identifying, recruiting, and developing leadership, organizing community around that leadership, and building power from the resources of that community. Taking a “head, heart and hands” approach, we link concepts, values and practice in a highly interactive setting.
The program is designed for leaders conducting real-life organizing projects that support their organization’s ongoing work – campaigns or organizing projects, for example, of NGOs, unions, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and other social movements. We also encourage team participation. Participants build relationships, coach one another and learn together online and in their local communities.
In the past 5 years, 458 alumnus from 41 countries have completed the course, working in a wide array of fields, including education, health care, immigration rights, food justice, gender equality, union/workers rights, electoral campaigns, environmental justice, human rights and international relations. Join us!
Applications are open until December 9, 2014. To apply, or for more information on program dates, tuition, and curriculum, please visit the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change web site at www.hks.harvard.edu/ee/fb
Marshall Ganz recently published a review of Micah Sifry’s “The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet)” on The Nation website. In addition to being a graduate of Ganz’s online Leadership, Organizing, and Action class, Sifry is the cofounder of the Personal Democracy Forum and an adviser at the Sunlight Foundation, and has been investigating the Internet’s impact on our democracy for over a decade.
Ganz finds that while Sifry gets much of the technological issues right, he misses the organizing lessons and fails to explore why this is a particular problem for the left and not for the right.
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.
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
We are so excited to announce the release of Hahrie Han’s new book about how organizations build and mobilize effective networks of activists.
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.
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 […]
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.