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 […]
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
The LCN Teaching Initiative is thrilled to share syllabi from nine faculty teaching adaptations of the Organizing: People, Power, Change course at their colleges and universities in the LCN Resource Center. You’ll see that while each instructor has adapted the pedagogy to their unique college contexts and student populations, there are core elements of the pedagogy common to all the courses. Our approach is based on offering students an opportunity to organize others to work together to achieve shared purpose rooted in five specific practices: relationship building, story telling, strategizing, acting, and structuring leadership. Students commit to values based organizing projects that require mobilizing others to determine, strategize, and achieve an outcome by the end of the semester.
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 […]
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.
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 email@example.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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Below you will find two video links from the Distance Learning Class celebration! —– VERUM DUCES (True Leaders) Celebration video of our key learning this course Organize Me, Maybe! Ana Babovic’s section – Organizers Extraordinary For more info regarding the online class, visit Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change
Below you will fine Jake Waxman’s account of the extraordinary organizing project he, Natalie Finstad and Hahrie Han have launched with the District Health Borad in Aukland New Zealand. It’s taken our work in some exciting new directions and, as always, offers a great deal of experience from which to learn. —- Friends in the Leading Change Network, I want to share with you all the results of the launch training of Hahrie, Natalie, and I’s partnership with a wonderful group of leaders down here in Auckland, New Zealand. Writing to this group because you’ve been close in my heart […]
Dear All, The question of organizing what might be described as “support” constituencies has come up along with how that may differ from organizing “primary” constituencies, terms that I find more useful than “privileged” and “oppressed” as these terms depend very much on perspective, especially when many of us might find ourselves “privileged” in some ways but “oppressed” in others. See the questions below. The first point to be clear about is that people in general organize more readily around injustice than around inconvenience. It was not the inconvenience of sitting in the back of the bus that prompted the […]
Dear Members of the Leading Change Network: This is an announcement from Kate Hilton and the ReThink Health team (aka Organizing for Health). They are offering a course that draws on the organizing practices and combines them with skills and approaches from systems thinking, stewardship, sustainability and multi-stakeholder governance. Please consider joining them – and inviting others to join who you believe would benefit from the program. Thank you! Join a Growing Community of ReThinkers Working to Transform Regional Health Systems! ReThinking Health: Leadership Essentials in a Changing System Eight-Week Online Program for Teams and Individuals April 3rd to […]
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 […]
Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change is an online program designed to help leaders of civic associations, advocacy groups and social movements learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change. Leading Change requires identifying, recruiting, and developing leadership, organizing community around that leadership, and building power from the resources of that community. Program Session: February 18, 2013 – May 24, 2013 Application Deadline: January 18, 2013 Click here for more information and to apply!