The Leadership, Action and Change (LAC) program is a four-month executive education program on community organzing modeled on the value-based framework developed by Prof. Marshall Ganz and replicated in President Obama’s winning election campaigns. This program has been designed for young leaders of community organizations and social movements in India. You will learn from experienced faculty and international mentors to develop new skills and concepts that will escalate your leadership as a change-maker in India.

Program Details & Features

  • Eligibility

    Graduation in any field or have relevant work experience (6+ months)

  • Duration

    4 Months (15 September, 2019- 12 January, 2020)

  • Format

    Weekends (2.5 hours online lectures/workshops) total time commitment per week 7 hours

  • Fees

    Rs. 35,000 per participant

  • Application Deadline

    15 September, 2019 (rolling basis acceptance based on eligibility, project and experience)

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  • Features

    Community Organizing Leadership Development

  • Learn the Art of Public Narrative

  • How to Build a Strategy for Action-based Projects

  • How to Structure Strong Leadership Teams

  • Understand How to Manage an Organisation

  • Learn from Experienced Faculty

  • Support from International Coaches and Mentors

  • “For me this program has worked like one stop centre, I got to learn numerous skills under one roof like strategy, tactics and community action work. Especially the strategy and tactics module helped me realize that while working at the grassroots, circumstances might change and one always should have a plan B ready.”

    Sagina, Punjab, 2018 participant of People, Power and Change Executive Education Program
  • “Through this program I learnt the art of doing 1-on-1 meetings with my community members. This helped in asking for people’s solution to their problems. We have come up with so many solutions and have formed a team with the community to work on these alternative methods. The team is now helping other members to join our snowflake model of leadership and expand to district.”

    Sanjay, Odisha, 2018 participant of People, Power and Change Executive Education Program
  • "India has always impressed me in its sense of community, exemplified in diverse social movements. It’s a great place to spread the community organizing methodology. I enjoyed meeting socially engaged members of the Indian society, learning about their respective callings and coaching them as their campaign evolved.""

    Rand El Haj Hasan, Harvard Alumni, 2018 People, Power and Change Executive Education Program Coach
  • “While starting my social impact organisation I felt stuck. Through this program I learned the power lies with the community. The coaching on sharing your story and values by international coaches helped me to train others and our community size increased to 20 women who are sharing their success stories with others in the community.”

    Urvi, New Delhi, 2018 participant of People, Power and Change Executive Education Program

Teaching Faculty: Rupinder Bhalla

Rupinder Kaur Bhalla is a Teaching Fellow at JSiE and Founding Director of Udaan, an NGO in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, working on women empowerment and gender equality. Rupinder was previously a teaching fellow at the Leadership Organising and Action Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, run by Harvard University Professor Marshall Ganz. In this role, Rupinder mentored 26 students and their projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. In 2018, she trained Haiyya’s internal staff on the community organizing framework, and led the People Power Change (PPC) Program, JSiE's Executive Education Program in partnership with Haiyya. The PPC program included 13 civil society leaders with 12 international mentors from Harvard Network.

Community Organising through Leadership and Action has proven successful in both political and social change. This framework has been successfully applied to projects working on climate change, community mental health, elections, health care reform, public education, and women’s rights, among dozens of other issues. The LAC program has been contextualised for Indian challenges in organizing communities and organisations for leadership and social change in India.

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