FELPS Fellows 2008
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
District Representative and Case Worker
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Public Health Fellow
Medical and Health Research Association
Social Change Leadership Practices
Leaders of social change organizations (SCOs) see abundant possibility in environments where people operate on the margins of power structures. Research from several Wagner leadership programs and initiatives shows SCOs to be driven by dissatisfaction with systemic inequity and guided by values like inclusion, solidarity, democracy and transparency. SCOs work with resourceful and purposeful action, propelled to enact their visions of a more just world.
A major contribution of Wagner's research to the leadership field has been illuminating three sets of leadership practices:
These curricular resources fit with classes, trainings, or other learning activities focused on leadership, nonprofit and public management, strategic planning, community organizing, and social movements. They provide alternative understandings of leadership to expand students’ senses of appropriate courses of action when putting leadership theory into practice. Most of these resources come from research with social change organizations through the Ford’s Leadership for a Changing World program.