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Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change

Program Session(s):
February 5, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Application Deadline(s):
December 5, 2017

Program Fee: $2,100

Program Type: Online Course

This program qualifies for an Executive Certificate.

Faculty Chair: Marshall Ganz

Program Director: James Brockman


Frequently asked Questions

I run a nonprofit organization in South Africa.  Will the content of the program work for someone outside of the US?

Yes, the program is designed for managers from around the world. Curricular materials will apply to both US based and international participants.

Program Fee
What is covered in the program fee?

The program fee allows access to the program website and discussion boards as well as a copyrighted readings and live sessions with Professor Ganz.
Each participant will receive a certificate of completion just like our on-campus Executive Education programs and you will join the ranks of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education alumni.

Program Costs
Is there full or partial tuition funding available? 

Need based fellowships for tuition support available on a limited basis. If you are seeking tuition support and would like to be considered for a fellowship, please submit the online application. In response to the “Who will be the financial sponsor of your participation?” question, answer “FELLOWSHIP”.

Program participation
Do you currently have an on-campus program that offers the same curriculum?

No. The content and arrangement of this program are unique and have been designed specifically for an online community of leaders from civic and political organizations (including nonprofit and non-governmental organizations) and social movements.

Can I use this for credit towards a Degree Program?

The certificate cannot be accepted for degree credit.

Do I need to actively participate in all weeks of the online program in order to receive a certificate?

Yes. The two-week length of each module is allotted to give participants sufficient time to carefully read and consider the cases and frameworks and engage in thoughtful discussion with colleagues. The faculty believes that participation by each participant in each module is essential to ensuring that the program makes the maximum contribution both to the individual and the entire group. The modules often build on one another so it is essential that participants stay current in the course. Only participants who have actively participated in all of the program sessions will be awarded certificates of completion at the end of the course.

How much of my time will this program require?

Participants should expect to spend at least 10 hours per week on coursework. This includes asynchronous preparation, practice, and discussion, as well as regular “real-time” meetings with Prof. Ganz and the teaching team.  In addition participant is expected to put the practice to work in their own organizational context, conducting a real-life organizing project within the program timeline.  Live lectures and section meetings usually take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and last 90 minutes.  Exact dates and times for the sessions will be made available to participants at the start of the program.

Technical Requirements
What type of software/technology do I need to participate in this program?

A 56k modem internet connection is required, though higher speed connections will make downloading  program materials much easier. The program website is best viewed with Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox and all course documents will be posted in Adobe PDF format. Please view the technology requirement for the program.

Additional Technical Requirements

Access to online learning technology:

    • 1 computer
    • 1 web camera
    • 1 microphone (built-in or plug-in)
    • 1 set of headphones/earbuds
      • Those participating as a team may wish to purchase a headset splitter if you will be joining the online sessions from one computer.

Contact information
If your questions were not answered here, please contact the Program Director, James Brockman at


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