From veteran organizer Marshall Ganz, how-tos for activists

AAAAAAAAA this is so good, yet also slightly enraging (just the part about the Sierra Club, obviously).
I’ve been a big fan of Ganz’s public narrative structure (I’ve given trainings on it at Sierra Student Coalition camps and even at PowerShift Canada) but have yet to dive into all his online resources – I should probably do that soon…

Grist

Every spring, Marshall Ganz teaches a class at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on how to organize a political movement. This year feels especially strange, he tells the assembled room of earnest young students who have packed the classroom to overflowing so that they cover the floor and the window ledges. It’s 2014 — the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, which was the beginning both of Ganz’ education and of a theory of political organizing that would, ultimately, be used to help elect the first African American president of the United States.

In 1964, Ganz was 21, and on the verge of becoming a college dropout. He has a way of making not staying in school sound pretty exciting. “It was a movement of young people,” he tells the room. “Do you know how old Martin Luther King was when he led the bus boycott?” He doesn’t wait for an…

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