– Marshall Ganz, Kennedy School of Government course lecture, on becoming an organizer
The resources of this website are designed to be viewed in a very specific sequence. Students, organizers and trainers should review the readings for each organizing topic, and then view the videos. The vignettes provide a summary of Ganz’s key lecture points, while the longer lecture videos illustrate how students in Ganz’s Harvard courses discuss these topics.
We must stress that learning in this module is cumulative. Topic 2 builds on Topic 1, and so forth. For example, Ganz’s materials on strategy assume knowledge of leadership, relationships, and other topics covered earlier in the module.
Each topic is described, below.
TOPIC 1: What is organizing: leadership, community, and power
TOPIC 2: The "role" of leadership and leadership development in organizing
TOPIC 3: The "role" of relationship-building in building a foundation for organizing
TOPIC 4: "Why" we organize: values, identity, and narrative in motivating participation
TOPIC 5: "How" we organize: strategizing to transform resources into the power to achieve purpose
TOPIC 6: Action: how organizers change the world
TOPIC 7: Summing up: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself alone, what am I? If not now, when?