Marshall Ganz, a pioneer in grassroots organizing in the United States, shares in this “master class” keynote talk about what we can learn from the history of community organizing and how it can inform our movement-building now. Following the keynote is a panel discussion about how collective impact and other collaborative efforts can work in partnership with community organizers to reach their goals.

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Episode Notes

In this episode, we’re sharing a keynote and panel discussion titled, “Complementary or in Conflict? Community Organizing and Collective Impact” that features a talk by Marshall Ganz, who serves as Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Organizing, and Civil Society at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Following the keynote is a panel discussion on community organizing in collective impact. Joining Marshall Ganze for this talk is Melody Barnes of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend of Philadelphia Youth Network, Marjorie Parker of JobsFirstNYC, and Marc Philpart of PolicyLink.

Introducing Marshall Ganz is Monique Miles of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. This talk was held on May 24, 2017 at the 2017 Collective Impact Convening in Boston.


Episode Contents

1:39: Introduction by Monique Miles of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions.

7:21: Keynote talk by Marshall Ganz

45:43: Panel Discussion


Footnotes and More Resources

  • Transcript and Video of Marshall Ganz’s keynote
  • Video of the Panel Discussion “Complementary or in Conflict? Community Organizing and Collective Impact”


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