MLD-355M: Public Narrative: Self, Us, Now

Semester: Fall Mod1

Credit: 0.5

Faculty: Marshall Ganz


Day Time Location
First Day 9/3
Meet Day T/Th 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM STARR


If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

When I am only for myself, what am I?

If not now, when? - Hillel, 1st century Jerusalem sage

Crafting your public narrative is a way to connect three core elements of leadership practice: story (why we must act now, heart), strategy (how we can act now, head), and action (what we must do to act now, hands). As Rabbi Hillel’s powerful words suggest, to stand for yourself is a first but insufficient step. You must also construct the community with whom you stand, and move that community to act together now. To combine stories of self, us and now, find common threads in values that call you to your mission, values shared by your community, and challenges to those values that demand action now. You may want to begin with a Story of Now, working backward through the Story of the Us with whom you are working to the Story of Self in which your calling is grounded. Based on a pedagogy of reflective practice, students will work in groups to learn to tell their own public story.

Also offered by the Graduate School of Education as A-111P.








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