Social Change Leadership Network

Through the Social Change Leadership Network, RCLA partners with more than 300 social change organizations to advance their work on the front lines tackling society's toughest issues.

In environments of material scarcity, where people operate on the margins of power structures, social change leaders see abundant possibility. They work with resourceful and purposeful action, propelled to enact a vision of a more just world. RCLA sees this collective work toward the common good as leadership essential to guarantee, sustain and invigorate democracy.

As a dormant American civil society awakens in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, the lessons social change organizations hold for the field of public service could not be more timely. RCLA partners with grassroots leaders to co-produce and document knowledge and facilitate learning about social change leadership practices that deepen civic participation and make social transformation possible.

The Network Has Three Main Aims:

  • To document and share knowledge within the field and with other public service leaders about effective social change leadership practices through a process that strengthens the relationship between academics and social change organizers;
  • To support and connect leaders effectively advancing social change by facilitating opportunities for personal and organizational capacity-building and dialogue; and
  • To foster global leadership by connecting local efforts to international networks and frameworks.

Connection. Action. Reflection.
Social Change Learning Sessions

Network learning sessions provide collaborative spaces that give social change leaders opportunities to reflect critically on their work, obtain new skills and learn from other dynamic individuals at organizations confronting similar dilemmas. They yield new and practical insights and strategies for building organizational capacity and sustainability.

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The Link between Local Advocacy and Global Transformation

More than 20,000 civic networks and organizations working to tackle global policy issues have become active on the world stage - 90 percent of them in the last 30 years. These networks can amplify the voice of US social justice organizations by linking their work to similar efforts in other countries and to international rights frameworks. However, grassroots organizations often lack the time, finances and other resources to contribute to global conversations while focusing on the everyday well-being of their communities. Through the Social Change Leadership Network, RCLA provides US social change organizations with learning resources that enable them to incorporate a global worldview into their work and to more systematically direct their advocacy efforts globally.