Whereas the 20th Century had people on the ground, going into different countries, and making attempts at creating peace, the 21st Century has thus far been very innovative in its technological efforts internationally. Some countries are taking part in Internet protests where it may not be safe to physically protest, and others are joining in social forms so that people from many different countries can get together over the web to collaborate on ideas for peace, human rights, and other issues. Another popular way of taking part in activism internationally is using the Internet. For example, in China, it is […]
The 20th Century was a turbulent time for peace internationally. However, it was a time where leaders, civil rights leaders, activists, and humanitarians soared and succeeded in creating networks around the world through strikes, protests, and other types of advocacy. Throughout this century, we saw a rise of social movements that tried to connect internationally. It’s hard to think about international movements with gender without thinking about women’s suffrage. According to Keck and Sikkink, there has been a major mutual influence and international cooperation among women suffrage movements around the world. In 1904, the Women Suffrage Association Suffrage Association was […]
What does it mean to become a member of an association? Why is it important to become a member of a particular association? More importantly, how does one choose which organization to join? People of all ages and all generations join associations for a variety of reasons. Alexis de Tocqueville once said that Americans of all ages “are forming associations. They are not only commercial and industrial associations in which all take part, but others of a thousand different types—religious, moral, serious, futile, very general, and very limited, immensely large and very minute.” Youth may join for other reasons than […]
Anyone can join an association. Specifically, why is it important for youth to join? Why start out at an early age, when some members of the youth population have years before they can vote? Scholars argue that youth involvement in associations is crucial. So many members in society become politically active, or unfortunately inactive, beginning in early adulthood when people “become eligible to vote, join political parties, and engage in adult civic organizations.” From there, people continue to be involved in political activities. The key time to become involved in a political association, for example, is in young adulthood because […]
What entices volunteers to come out in large numbers during election years? Is it because they feel passionate? Is it just another extracurricular activity, or are people doing it to satisfy credit for a class? Most people volunteer during these years because they are enthused about and passionate for the candidates. Take, for example, the enthusiasm of the youth in the 2008 presidential campaign. 2010, an off-election year, was a harder to persuade young people to volunteer because many senatorial and local candidates were not as enthusiastic and did not inspire the youth as much. Politicians have realized […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
How do you increase voter turnout in the most positive and effective way? The answer is door-to-door canvassing. It has grown as a popular recruitment technique to gain volunteers, voters, and donors in everything from nonprofit fundraising and religious denomination recruitment to political campaigns. Voter turnout has substantially increased due to face-to-face door-to-door canvassing—more than any other recruitment tool (direct mail, phone calling, surveys, etc.). Authors and scholars have reported on its positive and negative effects for years, and are finding that it is not dwindling as a campaign and recruitment tool. Adrian Sargeant and Jane Hudson discuss […]
House meetings are about forming coalitions. Good organizers plan face-to-face meetings either one-on-one or with a group of people. A successful way of forming this coalition is by meeting with as many community leaders as possible, and having those community leaders form their own “coalition” by forming a town hall-type meeting with a community, or a smaller house meeting with a random list of people, other leaders, active members of the community, or people with eagerness to work for the same cause. Here is how the process beings. An organizer schedules a meeting with a person one-on-one, and during that […]
What do we know about one-to-one conversations? How useful can they be to our organizations and us? Scholars note that one-to-ones are not just a way to develop interpersonal relationships, but they are the crucial way to developing interpersonal relationships and organizing within the community. After collaborating with groups and conducting studies with various organizations and campaigns, scholars have concluded that grassroots organizing is becoming one of the most popular and effective models in terms of mobilizing efforts for a cause, and one-to-one conversations have proven to be the most important part of grassroots organizing. According to the PICO (People […]
How do you change America’s oldest educational institution? A recent New York Times story about gender and education at Harvard Business School provides an account of the efforts and leadership it took to do so. Year after year, women arrived at Harvard Business School with the same test scores and grades as men, but soon fell behind in classroom performance. In a recent graduation speech, a student speaker alluded to the frustrations women felt about being ignored, harassed, or worse during their time at the school. As she spoke, her classmates considered their experiences and, as the Times story reports, […]
The Scholars Strategy Network is a network of progressive scholars seeking to use research to help address the nation’s most pressing problems. They have a number of scholars interested in civic engagement–check our their policy briefs here.
Sierra Club Case Study Using original surveys of local Sierra Club organizations and leaders, LCRN scholars show that while available resources and favorable contexts matter, associations with more committed activists, that build organizational capacity, that carry out strong programmatic activity, and whose leaders work independently, generate greater effectiveness across outcomes. See a summary of their research in the Stanford Social Innovation Review!
Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Metrics That Matter for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements.
This report is about helping the communication between funders and organizers by creating metrics of movement building. The authors of the report sought to derive new measures for philanthropy by examining what the field is doing already, and then convince organizers that they could understand the pressures funders face and meet them halfway by developing new metrics that track what movem ent builders think is important, but their research project results caused them to shift their measurements, strategies, and understanding of the original context. Download the report here.
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 […]
Funding is available from the Democratic Practice program of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for projects related to strengthening the vitality of democracy in the United States and in global governance. Applicants must first submit a 1-3 page proposal query through the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s online system (please note: applicants must first complete a short eligibility quiz to access the query submission section). Once queries have been reviewed, applicants will be notified and invited to submit full proposals. To learn more about the fund’s grantmaking procedures, please visit the Before You Apply page.
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 […]
On December 22nd, 2012, we had the Safe Homes Campaign’s media launch at Ruwwad Al Tanmeya in the Jabal Natheef Community Center . After 9 months of building and testing, over fifty campaign members and ten supporters launched the campaign to the media and we’ve been receiving great support and encouragement. Safe Homes Campaign aims to organize 168 organizers to create homes that are safe from physical abuse against children and to educate 332 homes on safety from physical abuse against children. The campaign’s objective was framed by the community of parents educators and social workers in Jabal Natheef, an […]