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Social Leaders in the Twenty-first Century: Challenges and Proposals

Published in November 2001

In this beginning of the twenty-first century, the concept of "training for social leaders" has introduced on the one hand, a less restricted definition of the role of people that activate different movements or social organizations; and on the other hand, it designates a vast and complex process of education and training for change.

In the social movements of the past, the common expressions traditionally used were workers or farmers union leaders, community leaders, native-community leaders, youth or womens leaders, to designate persons who had a rallying and leadership power vis-à-vis their affiliated members. Use of the concept was altered at the break of the twenty-first century, with social movements and social studies taking up the expression in a larger sense to designate persons, men or women, young people or adults, who facilitate or support the organization of social actors and their actions at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Similarly, the expression "training of social leaders" should now be used in a way that is not restricted to the training of leaders, but to designate complex processes of education and training for change, which include the genesis and development of management agents and at the same time, a vast range of educational practices, as well of values and of instrumental knowledge and aptitudes of various types. As such, it is becoming an increasingly central element in social organizations.


Coordinated by ...

- Fernando Rosero Garcés

Sociologist. Main teacher at the Pontifice Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). Animator of the development projects in the framework of the UN Volunteers Program. Director of the UNV program of support to the local initiatives in Latin America.


- Sebastián Betancourt


Topics Included

education . grassroots movement . network . social organizations . world

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Go ! Local Authorities or Local Facilitation
Go ! Principles of Governance for the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Social Leaders in the Twenty-first Century: Challenges and Proposals
Go ! State and Development
Go ! The Military and Peace Building
Go ! The Territory, a Place of Relations: Toward a Community of Linkage and Sharing
Go ! The Troubled Waters of Traditional Fishing
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