We’ve reached the halfway point of 2021 and our community is going strong!

One of the urgent items that arose in the listening drive we ran for the community this spring was the need to improve our current resource center, both in the content variety as well as how easy it is to navigate. We prioritized that request and we are excited to announce that we’re collaborating with the best in this field, the Commons Social Change Library, to map the existing resources and help us build a comprehensive resource center to support our learning, teaching and organizing!

The first step in the process is collecting all the material, translations and adaptations that are out there. Aware that as our network grows so do all the materials – training plans and slides, case studies, videos, online teaching tools and much more – we need a better way to gather everything together, so you can get your hands on what you need, when you need it. On top of that, it’ll make it easier to identify gaps and opportunities for intentional content creation and/or co-authorship projects.

We invite you to contribute generously – like you always do – with all your materials, innovations and other teaching, learning and organizing resources to our new, long-awaited and shared Leadership, Organizing & Public Narrative Library!

Click here to share your resources

Stay motivated and check out what we have for you in July,



LCN Executive Director

Upcoming learning events & opportunities

Orientation to Organizing ✊

Wednesday, July 28th | 9 AM – 12 PM EDT

Come learn how our communities can lead change through building people power!

We’re excited to announce that the next Orientation to Organizing, an introductory session on the organizing and public narrative practice developed by Marshall Ganz and his associates and our most popular session at LCN, will be held on July 28th Wednesday 9am-12pm EDT.

This session will take you through the six leadership practices of our community organizing framework: Public Narrative, Relationship Building, Structure, Strategizing, Action, and Coaching.

And we’re thrilled that for this session LCN is partnering up with our member organization Haiyya in India to learn from their revolutionary campaign Health Over Stigma as a case study on LCN’s organizing and leadership practices.

The session will be led by Aprajita Pandey from Haiyya and Sachiko Osawa from Leading Change Network.

Sharing a common language of leadership and change is a powerful first step in bringing our communities together, so don’t forget to invite members from your team, organization, and community to join you in your learning journey!

Sharing a common language of leadership and change is a powerful first step in bringing our communities together, so don’t forget to invite members from your team, organization, and community to join you in your learning journey!

When: Wednesday, July 28, 9am-12pm Eastern Daylight Time

How: Click here to register (Registration deadline is July 23 Friday 11:59pm ET)

If you are a LCN member, both individual and organizational, this session is free.

If you are not a LCN member, attending this session teaches you the basics of the framework and will make you eligible to join LCN as a member. For organizations to be eligible for an organizational membership, we ask that a minimum of two individuals from the organization attend the session. The fee to attend the session is US$10 per individual (scholarship available upon request via email info@leadingchangenetwork.org). The amount paid for the orientation session will be discounted from your first-year annual membership fees.

Book event ‘The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage’ ?

Friday, July 16th | 9-10 AM PDT | 12-1 PM EDT

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, making same-sex unions legal throughout the United States ??

But the road to victory was much longer than many know. Where did this movement come from? What turned the tide? And what lessons can be learned from this decades-long battle?

In our upcoming event on July 16th Friday 9am PDT/12pm EDT, we will be joined by author Sasha Issenberg to discuss his new book The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage in conversation with Hope Wood, Co-founder and Principal of Hope Action Change Consulting and longtime LCN member.

When: Friday, July 16th 9-10am Pacific Daylight Time / 12-1pm Eastern Daylight Time

How: Register by clicking here (Registration deadline: July 15th, 11:59 pm EDT)


Meet & Connect ?

Thursday, August 5th | 11 AM – 12 PM EDT

We are excited to share that we are opening up our monthly Meet & Connect online meetups to everyone in our community, as a space for people to meet, build and deepen relationships, and learn from one another ?
Register to our next Meet & Connect and connect with others who are leading change all over the world! ?

When: Thursday, August 5th, 11am–12pm Eastern Daylight Time
How: Click here to register (Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 4th, 11:59pm EDT)

Exciting news from our members

Leadership in the Arab world: Ahel’s Online Course 2021

?Ahel, Middle East

We finished our online Arabic course “Organizing and Leading Collective Action for Change”. This year 520 leaders from every Arab country applied to join our online course to learn shared leadership and community organizing to advance their pursuit of change for justice and freedom. We launched the course last February with 92 impressive leaders and we completed the ten modules last Saturday with 82 fully committed graduates and with progress in their collective action and leadership. We are also glad that more than half of them are women. 2021 was our third run of the online course and we are looking forward to the fourth run starting February 2022. If you’re interested in joining the course’s next round please fill out this form.

– Nisreen Haj Ahmad, Executive Director

Celebrating the WiLD Academy!

?WiLD Academy, USA

Writing to share highlights from the WiLD Project’s second effort in bringing the organizing training online with 86 participants from 12 states earlier this year. Between January-April, 20 teams joined us for our 10-week Academy designed to be a vehicle for launching organizing campaigns.

Click here to read the impact report with our key learnings

Appreciations to the team who made it happen including: Jake Waxman, Nneka Akubeze, Kortni Malone, Anita Krishnan, Ben Barker and Dan Grandone; plus several guest presenters including Abel Cano, Ana Babovic and Allison Werner. Much love to this talented crew who made it a joy!

– Dan Grandone, Founder and Coordinator

Haiyya Report: Creating & Shifting Power in 2020-2021

?Haiyya, India

2020 was a unique challenge like never before, and at Haiyya as we rediscovered organizing, we made headway with new discoveries and moments of truth, achieving exciting milestones with our community of determined and fierce young organizers, collectives, partners, allies, advisors and donors.

As we enter a new decade, we at Haiyya have been occupied in 2021 with running and coaching campaigns that intentionally shift power and organize communities to facilitate change. We want to present to you highlights from the past year of people-powered organizing and movement building work.

Click here to read the full report

– Team Haiyya

Do you want to share your learnings or organizing experiences with the LCN Community? Let us know by replying to this email ?We’d love to hear from you!

Here’s what LCN has been up to

First session of our new Organizations Learn series ?

On May 25th, we had our first session of our new Organizations Learn series. It was fascinating to hear about the incredible accomplishments by Community Organizing Japan in building civic leadership in Japan, and discover how the challenges they’ve faced in moving people to action resonated with other organizers and organizations working across different contexts and countries.

Thank you Kanoko Kamata, Akira Nakajima, Toor Kuzumaki, and Ryutaro Arakawa for sharing such inspiring lessons from adapting organizing to the Japanese context ?? and Haruka Sano for the seamless interpretation!

If you want to share your best practices and adaptations, successes and failures, and learn together with other organizations please reach out to sachiko.osawa@leadingchangenetwork.org ✉️

Skill Practice Session on relationship building ?

On June 11th, we had our Skill Practice Session on relationship building through 1:1s. A special thank you to our member Reem Khashman for leading an amazing session ?

What skill would you like to practice next? ? Let us know by replying to this email!

Come and join us

Not yet a member? Come join us here and be part of a global community of leaders!

Wherever in the world you’re leading change, we wish you and your family good health over the coming weeks.

In solidarity,

The LCN Team (Mais, Sachiko, Jafrin, Andy, Nneka, Thaer and Mariana)

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