GETTING TO INNOVATION: NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS HOW CITIES ARE RETHINKING MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE
In October RCLA and Bloomberg Philanthropies gathered the Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Fellows in Louisville, Kentucky as part of advancing their work with Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Teams. A new report from NYU Wagner Innovation Labs provides insight into the management, policymaking and implementation approaches of the Teams, which are helping mayors in five US cities design and implement solutions to pressing challenges. It also offers tools for policymakers seeking to foster municipal innovation in their own cities.
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RCLA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GLOBAL SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2013
University and graduate students and recent college graduates from around the world can develop the knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities through RCLA’s summer institute from July 7-19, 2013. Through interactive workshops and site visits throughout New York City, participants learn from leaders at the forefront of policy reform and advocacy, coalition building and direct service. They emerge with an action plan and an international network of committed changemakers.
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CHALLENGING THE LEADER-CENTRIC MODEL WITH A NEW PARADIGM
In a Brookings Institution paper,“Cut Off at the Pass: The Limits of Leadership in the 21st Century,”RCLA Senior Visiting Scholar Barbara Kellerman examines the leadership deficit in the US and asserts that our current understanding of leadership and fixation on leadership development are badly misplaced. The established model of the leader at the helm controlling the action is obsolete in today’s modern, bottom-up world, states Kellerman, who proposes a new paradigm.
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NEW COURSE ON RACE, IDENTITY AND INCLUSION IN ORGANIZATIONS
In Spring 2013 RCLA faculty member Erica Foldy will teach a new graduate course on “Race, Identity and Inclusion in Organizations.” The course will encourage learning about what race is, why it matters and how best to address racial dynamics in organizations. While recognizing the importance of intersectionality and other markers of difference, the course focuses on race as generally the most charged dimension of diversity in the US and the best predictor of wealth, education, health and other important measures of well-being.
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HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY
We hope that everyone in our community is recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. We know that many are still facing serious challenges, and our heartfelt thanks goes out to the many people working and volunteering to serve and rebuild affected communities. For those who wish to help, NYU is providing updates on how to get involved.
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NEWS AND EVENTS
- RCLA Senior Fellow Shifra Bronznick's article “Living Our Values and Leading the Way” for the Wexner Foundation highlights the importance of recognizing successes in long-term and sometimes difficult campaigns
- The Ivey Business Journal features a new article by RCLA Senior Visiting Scholar Barbara Kellerman, “Heavy Lifting: Leading in Modern Times.”
- Dr. Kellerman also presented on “The End of Leadership – As We Knew It” at the International Leadership Association’s global conference in Denver, Colorado; October 24-27. Stay abreast of the leadership issues making headlines through Dr. Kellerman’s blog, Lame Leaders/Fed Up Followers.
- RCLA faculty member David Elcott will be a keynote speaker at an international conference in East Jerusalem on the impact of Liberation Theology in the public square. The event is hosted by the World Lutheran Conference and the Lutheran Church of Germany; November 19-23.
- Dr. Elcott also spoke about community building and public service for the Jewish community of Tidewater, Virginia; October 26-28.
- This month RCLA Visiting Fellow Henk de Jong and NYU Wagner alumnus Julia Root travel to the Netherlands, where Henk will lead an organizational development audit for the City of Utrecht. The City has undergone significant change and restructuring over the last year, and the audit will determine if stories that senior managers tell about change are reaching front-line staff.
- RCLA Visiting Scholar Sonja Schenkel is contributing two visual summaries for the Practitioner’s Conference on “Consumption and Sustainability” held by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin. A visual summary is an artistic representation of a traditional conference report, offering a sensory approach to the conference’s key themes; November 23.
- RCLA Visiting Fellow in Residence Rusty Stahl delivered the keynote address at the quarterly forum of Northeastern Pennsylvania Grantmakers; November 2.
- RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina presented the paper “Civil Society Capacity for Public Action: Lessons from Social Change Organizations in the US” (in Spanish) at the CLAD (Latin American Center for Development Administration) Annual Congress of State and Public Administration Reform, Cartagena, Colombia; October 31.
- Dr. Ospina also spoke at the Doctoral Student Colloquium at Universidad de los Andes' School of Administration on the challenges of doing research on relational leadership; October 29.
- Congratulations to the Code4Change Grand Prize winners Aaron Pelzer, Panela Leung and Jacqueline Gordon for their CERT Mobile App solution, a digital app that makes it possible for trained citizen responders to work together in teams as soon as a civil disaster strikes.