An opportunity to learn global best practice leadership skills in organising


Applications are now open for Leadership, Organising and Action: the internationally acclaimed program developed by Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Following the online program delivered in 2020, the ATUI is once again working with the Centre for Australian Progress and the Leading Change Network to deliver this program.

This year, training will be run in-person in Australia for the first time ever, in Melbourne, 17 – 19 September.

Numbers are strictly capped at 42 places for ACTU affiliates.

We are inviting experienced organisers and campaigners looking to take part in this unique training and learn alongside a diverse network of organisers.



In addition to a three day in-person workshop, participants will attend:

  • an online interactive session and Q&A with Marshall Ganz
  • a comprehensive 2-hour briefing and workshop prior to the training on the new Delegates’ rights to contextualise the program, plus two 90-minute follow up sessions
  • the ATUI’s Learning Clinic on Sector Organising: Delegate Structures Beyond the Enterprise (complimentary enrolment, not compulsory)



The program offers you the unique opportunity to:

  • Enable others to achieve shared purpose under conditions of uncertainty
  • Develop leadership, build community around it and turn resources of that community into the power to achieve change
  • Develop your public narrative: story of self, story of us, story of now
  • Learn the difference between organising and mobilising and why it takes organising to create real change
  • Apply these skills to new opportunities for workplace leader development presented by new Delegates rights


Lead Trainers

Noorualin Masood
Founder and CEO, Center for Social Innovation in Developing Countries | Lead Trainer, Leading Change Network

Mick Power
Coordinator (Lead Organiser), United Workers Union





To Apply

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unionists and people of colour are particularly encouraged to apply for this program.

Places are strictly limited and will be offered following an application process to ensure suitability of candidates for the program and diversity of the group as a whole.

Applications close 17 July


Apply here

In-person Workshop

17 – 19 September | 9.00am to 5.00pm

Australian Education Union Victorian Branch
126 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC


Delegates’ Rights Workshop
2 hours | Online
Early September (TBC)


Two Follow Up Sessions
90 minutes each | Online
Late September and early December (TBC)


Learning Clinic | Sector Organising: Delegate Structures Beyond the Enterprise
8 – 29 October | Online
(Complimentary enrolment, not compulsory)


Applications close 17 July


Apply here

Lead Trainers




Noorualin Masood

Founder and CEO, Center for Social Innovation in Developing Countries (CSIDC)
Lead Trainer, Leading Change Network (LCN)

Noorulain is the Founder and CEO of CSIDC, a Global South organisation that specialises in providing training and facilitation services to enhance the practice of leadership and organising in campaigns, particularly those in the climate, energy, and gender spaces. 

Since getting a Master’s degree in International Development from Harvard University in 2009 as a Fulbright scholar, Noor has trained and coached over 1,500 campaigners and social justice leaders across South Asia, East Asia, Australia, Africa, and the United States.  

She first taught with Professor Marshall Ganz at Harvard in 2012, and since has been teaching and leading teams in the instruction of Marshall Ganz’s Organising and Heifetz’s Adaptive Leadership with Harvard University, LCN, and other institutions.

Prior to founding CSIDC, Noorualin a rural leadership program; led a 1.2M USD non-profit called Teach For Pakistan; worked in the poverty and equity practice at the World Bank headquarters; and supported the Pakistan Mission in United Nations General Assembly proceedings.


Mick Power

Coordinator (Lead Organiser), United Workers Union (UWU)

Mick is a Coordinator at the United Workers Union, where he organises workers around the country to win higher wages, secure jobs, dignity and respect. 

Over the last 10 years he has organised migrant farm workers in Australia’s fruit and vegetable industry with United Workers Union/National Union of Workers, American nurses and healthcare workers with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Pennsylvania, and communities fighting for climate justice with US Climate Action Network and Environment Victoria. 

He has worked with the Leading Change Network as a trainer in over 50 workshops on community organising and public narrative to hundreds of organisers in the union, environment, peace, racial justice and Muslim rights movements around the world.