Stories enable us to connect to one another through our shared experience. Our public narrative workshop can help develop your capacity to lead as you learn to harness your story (story of self: what calls you to leadership), your community’s story (story of us: what calls us to leadership) and how to motivate them to action as you call them to join you in your cause (story of now: why they need to act now). Participants who attend our 1-1.5 day workshop will learn to craft their public narrative and leave with a first draft of their story of self, us and now linked together. This workshop can take place online and on-ground for people who want to strengthen their capacity to lead.
Whether you’re from a civic association, advocacy group, or social movement, our 2-5 day workshop on community organizing aims to provide a quick dive into community organizing and get an introduction of the five organizing practices as an approach to pursue change. This workshop is designed to be experiential, therefore participants will be workshopping a campaign simulation. Participants will leave this workshop with a new understanding of leadership, five organizing skills that will help them organize their community to take action and a new way to think about how to create by looking at power and resources. This course may be designed according to your context.
Our 18 week course explores how leadership is exercised through five organizing practices: public narrative, building relationships, structuring leadership teams, strategizing and action. This course key concepts and pedagogy is based on Professor Marshall Ganz’s Harvard Executive Education course titled Leadership Organizing and Action: Leading Change, but has been adapted to the Arabic language and the regional context. It is an experiential course in which participants have projects or campaigns they are implementing. They attend live lectures and section meetings, practice specific skills by doing pair work and submit homework assignments. They will also receive individualized coaching and feedback on their work, as they apply what they learn in their own campaigns and reflect on their leadership experience. Since the course’s inception in 2019, we have had over 180 alumni from the Arab world, covering Morocco to Yemen. We provide scholarships to participants to ensure there is no barrier to entry by having organizations sponsor individuals to participate in the course.
Ahel aims to enable and strengthen women leadership in the region. In 2019, Ahel started delivering an 8-11 week in person course on Feminism, Leadership and Organizing in Jordan. Participants learn about Arab and international feminist theory and history. They learn how to organize their community to take action from a feminist perspective. Every year 20-25 women leaders in Jordan will design a community organizing campaign, apply what they learned after lectures, practice skills in small group work and write reflections. Furthermore, throughout they will receive individualized coaching. We provide scholarships to participants to ensure there is no barrier to entry by having organizations sponsor individuals to participate in the course.
There are different ways to bring about change for justice and freedom. Which to follow depends on your understanding of success. Advocacy, mobilization, raising awareness, media action, strategic litigation? In this political context, is successful change one that brings about the different policy, practice, or decision maker we wanted? Or is it one that grows the power of certain organizations serving or representing the people/a community? Or is it one that grows the collective power of the people (the right holders) and their individual’s leadership to work together now and in the future? In this course we focus on power, people and change, and introduce community organizing as a way to achieve success on multiple levels. We will understand the political philosophy and theory behind it. Through studying different case studies, we will learn five campaigning and leadership practices that worked in bringing about change and returning the power to the people. We will relate leadership, organizing, and campaigns to social and political movements and analyze the degree to which organizations we belong to are enhancing people’s leadership of collective action and growing real movements? At the heart of this executive course is a conversation about values: our values through our stories, our shared values, the threats to some of them, and the action needed to honor values we hold dear in current times.
Our community organizing and public narrative workshops can be customized to your community’s needs. We are excited to engage with you in conversations on how these workshops may be applicable to your needs, so please contact Reem Keewan our project coordinator to start a conversation at email@example.com