In March 2023 Unity Training will be delivering the Leadership, Organising and Change course developed over 30 years by Prof Marshall Ganz through his work at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.  Unity Training Services (UTS), a Registered Training Organisation, is pleased to advise that the services of Ms Noorulain Masood have been secured to deliver this quality training.  She first taught with Professor Ganz in 2012 and as Head Teacher (Public Narrative online course) for Harvard Executive Education in 2021 and 2020.

The Leadership, Organising and Change program sees participants work coached in small groups of five. This innovative structure gives participants first-hand experience of how the skills they are practicing are used to develop effective campaign teams.

Applications are now open from civil society entities or individuals.

Key Program Features

The course will be run on Friday 10th March, Monday 13th March, Friday 17th March, Monday 20th March and Friday 24th March between the times of 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm (AWST) i.e. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (AEDT), 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm (ACT), 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm (AST).

About the value-based community organising framework

The essence of the methodology is leadership development and is anchored in practices that motivate the head, heart and hands to achieve change.  Building a growing community and empowering others is at the core of it. Community organising has proven successful for both social, public policy and political change.  It works for environmental, health, election campaigns as well as education campaigns. The framework used is the one which Marshall Ganz evolved.  It’s anchored on six main practices, which are coaching, public narrative, developing relationships that result in commitments, evolving a strategy, creating a structure where leaders train and support other leaders and designing action that motivates others. Based on this framework the training workshop will be conducted on two occasions.

Community Organising Training Workshop

The participants will learn a values-based framework for community organising. They learn and apply the six practices of community organising. They develop their shared public narrative, build relational commitments, understand shared structure and create their team, identify a strategic objective, develop an initial strategy, understand an organiser’s action program and develop motivational action. In this training, the participants develop their campaign chart, evolve their campaign tactics and, on the last day, dive into action. This training workshop is designed to model what we teach. We begin with explanation (conceptual, motivational), we observe models (practice), we practice and then we debrief our practice (reflection). Our modelling of ‘reflective practice’ enables participants to do so as well. The workshop is conducted in a very experiential way, 70% of the workshop is group work led by an experienced facilitator, to practice the theory. This training is not training on leadership, it is training in leadership. It is especially useful for people launching collective action for change and development or non-profit sectors. It is useful for those interested in evolving their leadership skills although not currently leading a campaign or part of a movement.

How to apply

The cost is $1,500 (GST incl.) per place.  Participants will be required to have available a reliable online connection and suitable devise.  When lodging an expression of interest, you may nominate whether you wish to make payment via credit card online or upon receipts of an invoice from Unity Training Services. UTS, in partnership with Australian Fabians Incorporated, is responsible for marketing to civil society participants for the program places. Should you wish any further information your are welcome to contact Philip O’Donoghue via email philip.o’ or by calling 0417 923 029. Applications may be lodged via email to Mr O’Donoghue confirmed following payment made upon invoice.

Marshall Ganz Tour in Mexico
LCN in South East Asia with the Equity Initiative fellows