This seminar considers how psychologists put their skills and training to work in support of transformative futures for individuals, communities, and society. To understand how social change happens, we’ll draw on theories from community psychology, organizational psychology, and liberation/critical psychology to explore the types of leadership practices and organizational structures needed to create and sustain social change efforts. Social change organizations represent an increasingly crucial component of society. They are central to addressing society’s major challenges, from environmental destruction to poverty and inequality. We will learn about a new organizational structure each session, endeavoring to understand their relationship to social change efforts as we discuss, analyze, and critique organizational theory and practice. We’ll also examine leadership in social change organizations, where transformation is often understood as a collective phenomenon and as a learning process. While effective leadership for social change can sometimes mean taking decisive individual action, the less often discussed skills of effective leaders include collaboration, dialogue, critical systems thinking, an understanding of social power, and relationship development. In this course, we will discuss these skills and work to begin establishing them.