In 2012, the Leading Change Network (LCN) held its inaugural Learning Conference in Boston, a global gathering of 80 organizers, educators, and researchers from 8 countries.
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.
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.
Being a parent is not an easy job. It is full time, requires proficiency, love, patience, and of course 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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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…
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 […]
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.