Effective organizing requires an understanding of how to identify, recruit and develop leadership, build community around that leadership and harness the power from the resources of that community.
Led by Faculty Chair Marshall Ganz, Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change is a 15-week online executive program designed to help you learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change. This program offers a unique opportunity for those involved in organizing projects around the world to interact with others engaged in similar efforts, including leaders of civic associations, social movements, advocacy groups and nonprofits.
Presented through an engaging online platform, Leadership, Organizing and Action explores how leadership is exercised using public narrative, building relationships, structuring leadership teams, strategizing, and action. Participants will experience engaging live lectures, readings, discussions, reflection exercises, and take part in an organizing project.
Your own critical analysis of your capacity to lead an organizing project is a key part of this program. An organizing project requires (a) mobilizing a constituency to (b) collaborate with each other to (c) achieve a real change. You and your peers will learn why this approach is the most effective in addressing problems of power. You’ll also learn the value of enabling people to mobilize the power/resources they need to solve their problems. How do they do that? By working together or by challenging others who hold power over them.
Leadership, Organizing and Action will teach you how to:
- Enable others to achieve shared purpose under conditions of uncertainty.
- Develop leadership, build community around that leadership and turn resources of that community into the power to achieve change.
- Develop your public narrative: story of self, story of us, story of now.
- Learn the difference between organizing and mobilizing and why it takes organizing to create real change.