Popular education, initially an approach to critical education and literacy, is gaining currency in the social change field as a useful approach to organizing. In the chapter “Popular Education” in the just-published book Political and Civic Leadership, RCLA scholars Waad El Hadidy, Sonia Ospina, and Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla discuss how Latino social change organizations use popular education to nurture learning and leadership for action within their communities. They also share implications for the field in terms of leadership as a collective achievement.
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Current management research documents how individual members of networks advance their own goals but offers little insight into work that advances the goals of the network as a whole. In the latest issue of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Angel Saz-Carranza, a professor at ESADE-Ramon Llull University, and RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina examine how staff members who coordinate inter-organizational networks manage the tension between unity and diversity to foster concerted decision-making and joint action among autonomous entities with distinctive organizational aspirations, goals and characteristics.
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At the International Leadership Association conference Sonia Ospina and Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla will draw on eight years of research with social change leaders for a presentation on “Leadership Research 2.0.” They will explore how leadership researchers can break the mold that limits them to doing rigorous research that may not be relevant to practitioners, or doing actionable research that is viewed as missing scholarly standards of rigor.
At a workshop on "Advancing a Field of Leadership through the Global Network University: Leadership for Public Wellbeing in the Middle East," Bill Gallagher, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Operations and Administration and Campus Operating Officer for NYU Abu Dhabi, will join RCLA scholars Waad El Hadidy and Sonia Ospina to share early lessons from RCLA's engaging with partners in the Middle East to build a discourse and practice around leadership for public wellbeing. This discussion may particularly help colleagues trying to take their work to a new cultural context or who are engaged in field building, particularly in a global environment. The conference is Oct. 27-30 in Boston, MA.
At the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference, Erica Foldy will present the paper, "Color Minimization: How Public Service Workers Understand Race in their Work." Sonia Ospina will moderate and Dennis Smith will be a discussant for a panel on “Motivating, Developing and Leading Human Resource Management.” The conference is Nov. 4-6 in Boston, MA.
How do different models for making decisions affect leadership at social change organizations and nonprofits? RCLA Senior Fellows Frances Kunreuther and Shifra Bronznick, along with colleagues at the Building Movement Project, are conducting a survey to explore how organizations are distributing leadership among professionals and boards. Staff members of nonprofits or social change organizations can complete the ten-minute survey here. Findings will be shared in an online report.
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In Spring 2011, NYU Wagner will offer Advocacy Lab, a new clinical course in which students are introduced to the theory and practice of issue advocacy and community organizing. A collaboration between Professors David Elcott and Erica Foldy, Advocacy Lab is designed to have an impact on a particular social justice issue while creating cohorts of future public service leaders who know and value the tools of organizing and advocacy as methods of social change.
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The Berman Jewish Policy Archive (BJPA) at NYU Wagner has launched a blog discussion on models for engaging retiring Baby Boomers in public service and the challenges organizations may face. The discussion is based on a recent report by NYU Wagner Professor and RCLA faculty member David Elcott and an event with senior leaders in the Jewish community.
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RCLA welcomes new staff! Program Administrator Grisel Caicedo manages the design and delivery of a variety of leadership programs. She brings experience from NYU Stern and the Organization of American States and is a graduate student at NYU Wagner. Research Assistant Caitlin Murphy supports RCLA’s evaluation project with the Institute of International Education’s West Coast Center. She has worked for Human Rights Watch and the Ms. Foundation for Women and is also a graduate student at NYU Wagner. Emily Ide and Kaushik Nagaraj, RCLA’s finance assistants, are NYU undergraduates.
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