Beginning of this year, we launched an intensive strategizing process to determine our direction in shaping the future of the Leading Change Network and our role in global organizing for expanding the civic space.

It has been a very active month for the LCN community, and we’re really excited to share with you great news, invite you to be a part of our listening drive and keep you updated on our upcoming learning events & opportunities.

Here are some exciting news from the LCN community


New podcast released! Faces of Change with Arisha Hatch

In our latest Faces of Change podcast, Marshall Ganz sat down with Arisha Hatch, the Vice President and Managing Director of Campaigns at Color of Change, the largest digital racial justice organization in the US with over 1.7 million members. They are on a mission to empower black communities to organize to improve the lives of Black people and build lasting political power for Black people. Marshall and Arisha chart the rise of Color of Change, how they are building the power of black communities across the United States, and explore Arisha’s own journey to social movement leadership.

Stream them on your favorite platforms – Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and Buzzsprout

The first Public Narrative workshop by LCN Europe

On February 13-14th, LCN Europe hosted their very first 2-day Public Narrative online workshop with leaders across the region. 70 attendees representing 10 organizations from 15 countries, supported by 22 coaches, came together to explore the power of story in communicating their shared struggles, hopes for the future and the values that unite them.

LCN Learning Document: Innovations for adapting Public Narrative Pedagogy to Practice in Electoral Campaigns

We’ve turned our most popular Innovation Hub sessions from last year into a learning document! The document capturing innovations in teaching public narrative to organizing staff and volunteers in a US Presidential primary by Roohi Rustum and her team is now available on our online resource center for members! Members can also access the recording of the event there as well.

We launched a community listening drive – and we want to hear from you!

As we move forward in our strategy process to determine LCN’s strategy for the next 3 years, we want to hear from YOU about the best way we could add value to your work and the community. If you haven’t done so yet, please answer this questionnaire by March 12th, 2021. It will only take 10 minutes of your time!

Upcoming learning events & opportunities for you

LCN Member Meet & Connect / Thursday March 18 9:30-10:30 Eastern Time

People in the LCN community are leading change all over the world, working on diverse issues from health to electoral politics to racial justice. Come and join our monthly Meet & Connect and connect with other members who share values of leadership and social justice!

In the meetup, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with two other LCN members in 1:1’s and our aim is to match you with someone working in a similar area of interest and focus.

Click here to register! (Registration deadline: March 17)

This session is open for LCN members only

Organizing in Health #1: People-Powered Health / Friday March 26 10:00-11:30 Eastern Time

With the global pandemic revealing the faultlines and inequities in our societies, it’s clear more than ever that organizing is a key practice in achieving health for all. That’s why Leading Change Network is launching a three-session series dedicated to exploring organizing for health, led by Pedja Stojicic from People Power Health. Our first session People-Powered Health on March 26th will shed a light on how grassroots organizing campaigns are building power and developing capacity of communities to achieve equity and health justice.

We will be joined by presenters from these exciting campaigns:

  • Jon Schaffer, Alexandra Greenberg, and Akshita Siddula from Right to Health Action (US)
  • Stephanie Aines from Right Care Alliance (US)
  • Sreejani Malakar from the Health Over Stigma campaign by Haiyya (India)

To claim your spot at the event, click here! (Registration deadline: March 25)

The session is free for LCN Members and people affiliated with the presenting organizations, and 10USD for non-members (scholarships available on request).

Orientation to Organizing / Wednesday April 14th 9-12pm Eastern Time

In response to the very high interest in the first Orientation to Organizing session in 2021, we’re excited to announce that our next session on the community organizing and public narrative framework developed by Marshall Ganz and his associates, will be held on Wednesday April 14th. The session is a fantastic gateway for those looking for effective ways to create change in your community, or wanting to update and refresh their organizing knowledge.

Mais Irqsusi, LCN’s Executive Director will be leading the session and sharing glimpses of her 10+ years of global organizing experience. The session will also cover an introductory understanding of the six practices of the community organizing framework, an introduction to the Leading Change Network and its programs, and an opportunity to practice coaching with other organizers from around the world.

Click here to reserve your spot in the session! (Registration deadline: April 9th)

The session is 10USD for non-members (scholarships available on request), and free for LCN members. 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.

Book event: Prisms of the People / Wednesday April 21st 11-12:30pm Eastern Time

What’s the difference between a movement that wins victories for its constituents, and one that fails? What are the factors that make collective action powerful? In April, we’ll be joined by Elizabeth McKenna to talk about her upcoming book Prisms of the People: Power & Organizing in Twenty-First-Century America to explore answers to these questions.

Details will be announced soon, so keep an eye out!

Come and join us —

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

Faces of Change with Arisha Hatch
LCN Newsletter: April, 2021