Resistance School – Structuring Leadership

For session 3 of Resistance School, Marshall Ganz’s own organizing notes provide insight into the question of what is leadership and what makes for effective leadership teams. He discusses different models of team structure and details a cycle of leadership development.

Read more at: https://www.resistanceschool.com/s/Structuring-Leadership.pdf

Community Organizing & Community Conversations Training

Retake Our Democracy is organizing a “Community Organizing & Community Conversations Training” On June 10th in Santa Fe. If you are interested, check out their website to RSVP!

You can also find a little more information on their plans to developed a grassroots People’s Platform and Budget using a highly participatory process that engages residents throughout our entire community in this post on their website.

Resistance School – Exodus, Chapter 18

In Session 3 of Resistance School, Marshall Ganz will use the Bible as a shared frame of reference to explore the concept of distributed leadership models. In Chapter 18 of Exodus, upon seeing Moses interacting with the Hebrew people as their one judge, Moses’ father Jethro teaches him to empower others to lead and collectively share the burden of acting as judge. Marshall will use this same principle to train us in structuring powerful leadership teams.

Read more at: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+18:1-27&version=KJV

Resistance School – Sessions 3 – How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action

Resistance School is a free practical training program. Our goal is to sharpen the tools communities need to organize and make sustained change that advances values of fairness, equality, and inclusivity.

Join us for Sesssion 3 of Resistance School, How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action on June 5th.

Throughout a storied career of studying and practicing in the field of organizing, Marshall Ganz has developed one of the most renowned approaches to leadership and organizing. In the third session of Resistance School, he explores how individuals can discover their ability to lead within teams. Marshall then reviews types of leadership and organizing structures, painting a picture for a successful team dynamic. Finally, the session ends with a comprehensive set of instructions for how individuals across the world can launch their own teams.

Indivisible Guide

The free Indivisible Guide offers strategy for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. It provides guidance on how to get the attention of Members of Congress and strategically advocate for issues of concern. The guide also offers advice on starting or joining a local organizing group or network.

Read more at: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/guide/

The Problem with Philanthropy

With the growth of extreme wealth in America, individual philanthropists have replaced government funding in the political arena. While this ‘disruptive philanthropy’ can have swift and positive results, the influence these few wealthy donors have over the political system is concerning. The article discusses the challenges of these new patterns of political funding as well as possibilities for change.

Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/03/the-problem-with-philanthropy/520989/

We Don’t Have Spaces to Feel Vulnerable and Imperfect

“How can we be honest, imperfect, and vulnerable with one another?” This stop-motion video features a conversation between Krista Tippett and Brene Brown on the shame and collective fear that stops us from connecting deeply with one another. It offers wisdom for releasing this fear and together stepping into the discomfort of imperfection.

See more at: https://onbeing.org/blog/trent-gilliss-we-dont-have-spaces-to-feel-vulnerable-and-imperfect/

And more by Brené Brown on The Courage to Be Vulnerable!

Organizing for Action Organizing Manual

Organizing for Action (OFA) offers this free manual for group and individual organizers at all experience levels. It contains guides for building strategic issue campaigns, methods for building capacity, and step-by-step advice for building people-centered power through teams and chapters. The appendix contains guidance notes on organizing press events, pledge drives, trainings, and more.

Read more at: https://www.ofa.us/get-involved/build-support/organizing-manual/