A new handbook by RCLA Fellow Joan Minieri provides a step-by-step guide to designing trainings that engage participants in creative ways of learning. It includes fundamentals on different learning styles, the six steps for designing a training, facilitator tips for keeping participants energized, and a variety of sample activities. The RCLA handbook is based on the Social Change Leadership Network's successful Trainings for Trainers.
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In spite of fundamental differences in purpose or structure, social change organizations often collaborate with each other to achieve shared goals.
In the April issue of The Leadership Quarterly, RCLA faculty members Sonia Ospina and Erica Foldy draw on data from a national multi-year study to explore how the organizations' leadership fosters connectedness between independent organizations. The study describes five leadership practices that contribute to interdependence between organizations either by forging new connections, bolstering existing connections, or capitalizing on strong connections.
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As hierarchical leadership alone is increasingly seen as outdated in today’s knowledge economy, complexity science offers exciting models for understanding why pushing for alignment in organizations may actually trigger resistance and organizing around self interests, how micro-interactions can help organizations thrive, and the ways to connect adaptive and administrative functions for success. These ideas were the subject of a presentation by Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien, PhD, co-director of the University of Nebraska’s Institute for Innovative Leadership, at a discussion hosted by RCLA on complexity theory and leadership.
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How can universities partner with NGOs to foster a sense of global citizenship in students? How can advocates translate big ideas into sustainable community enrichment programs? These questions illustrate leadership dilemmas organizations are confronting through action learning with RCLA. Through a structured Cooperative Inquiry process, leaders engage with peers in cycles of reflection and action on their most pressing questions in order to uncover new solutions.
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Does your organization need to evaluate programs, write impact statements, design initiatives, conduct an assessment or identify key opportunities for growth? The NYU Wagner Capstone Program connects talented graduate students with nonprofits, government agencies, health institutions, urban planning firms, international NGOs, and private organizations with a public service component. Deadline for proposals is May 28, 2010
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In new videos from RCLA's workshop with the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute on Leadership for Public Wellbeing in the Middle East, experts discuss the leadership needed (and not needed) in philanthropy, cross-sector collaborations in the Arab world, leadership as practice, and more.
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RCLA faculty member Erica Foldy presents a paper called “Learning (and Mostly Not Learning) About Race” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia; April 8, 2010
RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe will participate in the National Urban Fellows Leadership Diversity Summit in Washington, DC; April 21, 2010
RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina will participate in the “Applied Research Methodologies Thought Leaders Forum,” a two-day workshop and dialogue that will bring together academics and practitioners to inform The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada’s interdisciplinary approach to community-based applied research; April 23-24, 2010
NYU Wagner's Women of Color Policy Network Lead the Way program is a unique capacity-building and leadership initiative that provides support and training for women of color mid-level managers and emerging Executive Directors working in nonprofit organizations. Application deadline is May 24, 2010
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News You Can Use: Demos, the Building Movement Project, and Common Cause NY will host a special forum with activist Paul Loeb on his book, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times. The book has become a classic handbook for social activists, veteran organizers and those who want to make a difference. An antidote to powerlessness, it has inspired thousands of citizens to make their voices heard and actions count; April 8, 2010
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