The Leadership, Action and Change (LAC) Short Program is a 12-day online interactive 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 to develop new skills and concepts that will escalate your leadership as a change-maker in India.

Program Details & Features

  • Eligibility

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

  • Duration

    12 days (starts 29 April, 2020)

  • Format

    Eight (8) online interactive lectures and four (4) online interactive workshops (lectures and workshops are appox. 2 hours long)

  • Fees

    Rs. 5,000 per participant

  • Certificate

    Each participate who successfully completes the short program will recieve a digital certificate from JSiE

  • Application Deadline

    21 April, 2020 (rolling basis acceptance based on eligibility, project and experience)

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  • Features

    Understand the Community Organizing Leadership Framework
  • Learn the Art of Public Narrative
  • Learn how to Build a Strategy for Action-based Projects
  • Learn how to Structure Strong Leadership Teams
  • Understand how to Manage an Organisation Remotely
  • Learn how to Mobilize a Community Online
  • Nominate a community leader
  • “I joined the LAC program because I had read a lot about Marshall Ganz’s organization framework, and I wanted to get hands-on exposure to the same. What started off in my mind as another remote-learning certification program quickly became the high point of my week. At LAC, i learnt about story construction, team building, strategising, choosing and applying tactics for garnering participation in a project. Through the course, I got the chance to build a toolkit to launch my own social change initiative. The dual theory-and-practice model meant that I got a chance to learn, apply, and execute to the best of my abilities.”

    Harsh, Mumbai, 2019 participant of Leadership, Action and Change Executive Education Program
  • “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
  • “The LAC Program helped me in applying tools and tactics in organizing tribal communities on one platform for forest produce aggregation work. The program is very unique as it links the project design and grassroots implementation of projects and helped me in shaping my social entrepreneurship journey by working on from ideation to execution. Using the skills, our startup won the Pitch Fest Prize and was selected for the Startup Accelerator program. The future looks bright for Bastar se Bazaar tak as the idea of reduced post-harvest losses has taken root within the communities where we are working”

    Satendrasingh, Bastar, Chattisgarh, 2019 participant of the Leadership, Action 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. Previously, Rupinder was Teaching Fellow at the Leadership Organising and Action, Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, run by Professor Marshall Ganz. In this role, Rupinder mentored 26 students and their projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. In 2019, she piloted JSiE’s LAC program, an online executive education program. The LAC program had 13 civil society leaders participate in the program who were mentored by international coaches from Harvard Alumni Network as well as guest lectures from leaders in the Indian Government and civil society. In 2018, she trained Haiyya’s internal staff on the community organising framework and led the People Power Change (PPC) Program, JSiE's Executive Education Program in partnership with Haiyya.

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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