From February 14-16, RCLA and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute convened 24 eminent scholars and practitioners committed to illuminating and nurturing leadership for public well-being in the Middle East and beyond. Whether working for youth and women's empowerment, engendering corporate citizenship, or organizing communities in conflict-ridden areas, they discussed leadership that transcends sectors, transforms ordinary citizens into agents of change, and opens up new public spaces for deliberation and engagement.
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Media stories are highlighting a resurgence in conservative grassroots groups galvanizing Americans to take action based on fear and anger about lost jobs, bank bailouts and government policies. RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina explores what they could learn about leadership and social transformation from activists and human rights defenders who have advanced social change for decades.
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As leadership and management scholars seek to identify frameworks for leadership appropriate to today's connected and interdependent world, complexity leadership offers promise for building adaptive and innovative organizations.
At "Applications of Complexity Theory to Leadership," on March 24, Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien,co-director of the University of Nebraska's Institute for Innovative Leadership, will examine how complexity leadership research advances beyond traditional hierarchical assumptions to consider leadership processes that are dynamic, distributed, and generative and new types of roles, including enabling leadership, generative leadership and adaptive leadership. The event kicks off a new event series, The Vanguard of Leadership: New Directions in Theory and Practice, featuring practitioners and scholars' breakthrough work
on public service leadership.
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The Women of Color Policy Network has announced the launch of its latest initiative, Lead the Way, 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 and community-based organizations. The program aims to develop talent within nonprofit organizations and identify leaders with promise who can lead social change initiatives of the future. Each year, the Network will select two national cohorts of 15-20 fellows to attend an intensive 5-day leadership retreat in Florida
with some of the country's leading experts on leadership development, program management, fundraising, strategic planning, sustainability and other related topics.
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RCLA's Social Change Leadership Network is hosting "Essential Tools for Essential Organizing: Training for Trainers," a learning session that connects social change leaders to practical, diverse and effective methods of popular education and training. Facilitated by Joan Minieri with RCLA staff, the workshop will equip participants to design truly participatory trainings for a variety of learning styles; March 10, 2010.
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The third event in the series "Black and Jewish Communal Relations: Remembering the Past, Living in the Present, Building for the Future" will include a panel of experts and facilitated dialogue about the rich shared history of the Black and Jewish communities in America, the current state of the relationship, and future collaboration for bettering our communities, March 25, 2010.
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As part of ongoing partnerships to offer technical assistance in
action research methodologies, from February 22-26, RCLA Deputy Director Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla conducted a training at the University of Valencia, Spain on Cooperative Inquiry (CI). Through the CI process, a small group at the University will engage in structured cycles of action and reflection over 15 months about how the higher education system can contribute to developing global citizens.
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