There are many ways to achieve social change in health. This public talk by Jake Waxman, Trainer with the Leading Change Network will describe the way the practices of organising can be used to develop leaders, create community around those leaders, and build the power we need to achieve changes in health and wellness.
Jake grew up on Maui, Hawaii, where he learned the value of community at his family’s house, which served as an informal gathering place for people of all walks of life and a synagogue for the island’s small Jewish population.
He first got involved with organising as a student at Emory University, where he helped found the Emory Living Wage Coalition, through which students joined with the University’s service workers to organise for improved wages and working conditions.
Upon graduating, Jake moved to Argentina where he learned the arts of political organising and Spanish while working at a local NGO. When he returned to the United States, he became involved with the labor movement, organising healthcare workers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Jake received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government in 2009, where he was a teaching fellow for courses on leadership and organising. Since then he has had the chance to work with, teaching and learning about organising alongside leaders in immigrant rights, climate change, labor, public education, and health/human rights movements.