Leadership in Action at Wagner explores and broadly shares new knowledge and ideas about public service leadership. Below are updates about latest research and programs in leadership at Wagner.

As today’s global challenges become increasingly complex, the need for innovative, sustainable solutions has never been more glaring. Given the world’s population growth, inequitable distribution of essential resources, and exacerbating poverty and disease, the solutions to society’s needs around health, education, agriculture and renewable energy cannot be expected to be met solely by traditional government and nongovernmental organizations. These problems are ripe for innovative solutions within and outside government and call for new strategies for

On June 21, Professor Sonia Ospina presented a co-authored paper at an international leadership workshop held in Barcelona.

The workshop brought together international thought leaders from the public, nonprofit, and business sectors to discuss unique, innovative approaches to goal-directed networks and how they can improve leadership practice at large. Goal-directed networks are groups of organizations that facilitate the achievement of a common goal, and have become widespread in practice and scholarly research in recent decades.


For part of the summer, NYU Wagner Professor David Elcott is working in Indonesia to help members of a grassroots network in their struggle to maintain a pluralistic society despite rising fundamentalism.

The Gus Durian network was named after the former Indonesian president revered by supporters as a religious man, a pluralist and a deeply democratic leader. Professor Elcott’s current trainings help the network of young and old with their efforts to advance the principles of a democratic and ecumenical civil society.

Participants are guided