“In democratic countries, knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others”

–Alexis de Tocqueville

     Welcome to Marshall Ganz’s Web module on organizing. Professor Ganz is a long-time organizer; a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a faculty member of Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation .

     Please  click here to preview the featured video vignette of Ganz's "Motivations" (52 seconds).

This Web module contains learning materials that touch upon such questions as:

  • What is organizing?
  • How do people organize?
  • What skills are required of organizers?
  • How can these skills be shared with others?

     This module is designed for organizers, students, and trainers of organizers alike. It is more of a library than online course per se. Organizers and students will find readings, video lecture clips and Web links on organizing ("Learning Resources" tab on this website). In addition, trainers will find a pedagogy of organizing developed by Professor Ganz and his colleagues ("Trainer's Workshop").

     As Ganz explains, learning organizing is learning a practice, like riding a bicycle--falling off, and having the courage to get back on, is the only way you can learn to keep your balance. (See the "Learning Organizing" section of this website for more detail.)