Marshall Ganz

Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society


Leadership, Organizing, and Teaching Online: A How To Guide 

We hope these resources can be of value to you in taking classes on line, taking an organizing project on line, and taking any kind of collaborative endeavor on line. They are based on 7 years experience developing online leadership, organizing and narrative courses on zoom like platform that enables experiential, interpersonal, and interdependent learning.

What follows is a 90 minute video of an online interactive session for Harvard Kennedy School faculty on 3/18, the slides that supported that session, and 60 minutes of online project coaching.

We have additional resources for relational online instruction in leadership, organizing, narrative, team launching and development, relationship building, strategizing, and action … and in the coaching of each of these practices and coaching in general.

We hope this can be useful, encourage you to share it widely, and welcome further conversation, opportunities for coaching, and learning what others are doing in this domain.


Topic: Building Online Learning Community, Harvard Kennedy School
Recorded Mar 18, 2020 01:22 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Coaching Organizing Projects Online, Recorded 3/18/20

Slide Show

Letter to Vivek Murthy 1.0

Marshall Ganz grew up in Bakersfield, California, where his father was a Rabbi and his mother, a teacher. He entered Harvard College in the fall of 1960. He left a year before graduating to volunteer with the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. He found a “calling” as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and, in the fall of 1965, joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize California farm workers. During 16 years with the United Farm Workers he gained experience in union, political, and community organizing, became Director of Organizing, and was elected to the national executive board on which he served for 8 years. During the 1980s, he worked with grassroots groups to develop new organizing programs and designed innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns. In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year “leave of absence,” completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology in 2000. As senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. His newest book, Why David Sometimes Wins: leadership, organization and strategy in the California farm worker movement was published in 2009, earning the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School in 2010.

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