Spotlight on Sierra Club
Leadership Development Project
off the findings of the National Purpose, Local Action (NPLA)
research project with the Sierra Club - which identified key
opportunities for enhancing Group and Chapter Executive Committee
effectiveness - Marshall Ganz has begun another collaboration
with the Sierra Club. The
current project involves developing a program to enhance individual
and collective leadership capabilities within the Sierra Clubs
groups and Executive Committees.
The planning group for the project (which also serves as the
coordinating body and advisory committee) consists of
representatives from the Sierra Club and researchers from various
universities, including Ganz. From
December 16-17, 2005, a subset of the leadership development
planning group met at the Kennedy School of Government.
The plan developed in this meeting is to launch a pilot
project in May 2006 with the Executive Committees of four Sierra
Club chapters (that have about five groups each) to learn how to
achieve desired leadership development outcomes, create the
organizational capacity to diffuse what is learned across the entire
organization, and contribute new knowledge about leadership
development to the broader research and academic communities.
The four selected chapters are: Cascade (
in Governance Program
Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab)
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will serve as the interim president of
The fourteenth Joint Seminar on Emerging Issues
in Philanthropy took place on December 2, 2005 in
From January 8-12,
2006 in Baltimore, MD, Marshall
Ganz conducted a 4-day organizing workshop as part of the Jewish
Theological Seminarys Rabbinical Training Institute, a
professional development retreat hosted once a year for Conservative
congregational rabbis from around the U.S.
The goal of this workshop was to introduce the twenty-three
Conservative Rabbi participants to an organizing perspective
on congregational leadership through a series of 4 sessions on
leadership, relationships, motivation, strategy, and action.
On January 20, 2006,
in North Andover, MA, Marshall Ganz gave a
talk at the InterValley
Project's Leadership Institute on Exodus and Organizing.
The talk focused on Moses biblical mission as an example
of transformational leadership, from which modern organizers can
learn and reflect.
Moore co-conducted a workshop
at the ANZSOG (Australia and
New Zealand School of Government) Case Teaching Workshop for Chief
Executive Officers, Beyond Government: Changing Behaviours,
Changing Roles, held January 31 - February 4, 2006 at the
Melbourne Business School.
Dobkin Hall was awarded a grant
by the Kennedy School of Governments Center
for Public Leadership for his continuing study of the social
characteristics of nonprofit directors and trustees.
Ganz was named 2006
Distinguished Citizen Scholar by the
Marshall Ganz was profiled in the
article "A Second Ganz" in the December 2, 2005 edition of
Grist Magazine on his work with the Sierra Club.
The article features a Q&A with Ganz on environmentalism,
social movements, and leadership development. Link
to the full
Peter Dobkin Hall was quoted in the New York Times December 14, 2005 article Red Cross Head Quits; Board Woes, Not Storm, Are Cited with a biting critique of the organization.
Derek Bok contributed the Op-Ed piece about how American colleges are underachieving, Are colleges failing? Higher ed needs new lesson plans, to the December 18, 2005 edition of The Boston Globe.
In the January 3, 2006
edition of The Jerusalem Post Marshall Ganz's
community organizing work in
The new compendium of Historical Statistics
of the United States was reviewed in the January 23, 2006
edition of Newsweek. For the compendium, Peter
Dobkin Hall contributed the chapter on nonprofit, voluntary, and
religious entities and activities.
Link to the full
For information on the Work in Progress Seminar schedule for Spring 2006, please click here
October 4: Marshall Ganz presented on National Purpose, Local Action: Organizational Effectiveness of Sierra Club Groups and Chapters.
October 18: Brent Coffin presented on Building Ethical Capacity for Collaborative Research.
1: Mark Edwards (
November 15: Gabriele Bammer presented on Executive Session as a Method for Diffusing Information.
29: Rikki Abzug (
December 13: Peter Dobkin Hall presented on Rediscovering the Bourgeoisie: Higher Education and Governing Class Formation in the United States, 1870-1920.
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