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Center for Social Innovation in Developing Countries (CSIDC) is a Karachi-based firm that trains and coaches social justice activists to grow in the practice of leadership and organizing. We believe in the power of reflective action - of taking each step as changemakers, no matter how small, from a mindful, authentic, and strategic space.

After working with activists globally since 2019, CSIDC started a Pakistan-wide climate justice program in 2022. 

 

OUR VISION

We envision a world where all humans make choices respectful of their interconnectedness with each other and their environments.

Image by Sajid Khan
 

OUR MISSION

For our future, the future of other life forms, and the future of our planet, we need committed individuals and organizations to lead on shifting mindsets, and shifting power towards the marginalized. 


We grow and connect these individuals and organizations to catalyze social change.

 
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WHAT WE DO

We coach leaders to get unstuck around communication, strategy, and motivation.


Coachees report that our work has helped them reevaluate their practice successfully. One of them stated that we offer "a coaching guidance that has such strength and a softness and expectation wrapped in unwavering belief that what it takes, and the next steps, is inside of that person."

EDUCATE

We teach leadership frameworks used by successful campaigns and non-profits around the world.


Our learning experiences are regarded as both intellectual and soulful, with facilitators tighly guarding time boundaries, channeling the discussion, holding the space, and allowing for emergence even if was not part of the plan. Clients regard us as “extremely professional and committed” and someone they “really enjoyed working with.”

COACH 1-1

We coach leaders to get unstuck around communication, strategy, and motivation.

CONNECT

We connect like-minded people to create mindful and deliberate change around social justice and environmental sustainability.

Those who have worked with us regard our greatest strength to be “encouraging participation and nurturing vulnerabilities to explore and go to places that most people would be uncomfortable to go and once there, holding participants up so that they are able to the internal work however difficult may be."

 

FRAMEWORK EXPERTISE

 
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FIVE PRACTICES OF ORGANIZING: CAMPAIGN STRATEGY AND NARRATIVE

Head Teaching Fellow with Marshall Ganz, 2020-21; Teaching Fellow 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2020.

These practices are

  • Public narrative

  • Relationship building

  • Campaign structure

  • Campaign Strategizing

  • Tactics and action.

These leadership practices have been systemized into a framework taught at the Harvard Kennedy School by Dr. Marshall Ganz, a celebrated civil rights organizer, and have been adapted in grassroots efforts around the world in electoral politics, human rights, advocacy and grassroots movements. 

WE'VE WORKED WITH

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MEET OUR TEAM

 
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NOORULAIN MASOOD

CEO, Training Lead

Noorulain Masood is a leadership educator and coach. She has worked with 1000+ non-profit executives, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, policy professionals, union workers, and grassroot leaders from around the world using Public Narrative, Organizing, Adaptive Leadership and Mindfulness.


Noor has been a top performing trainer and coach in teaching teams at Harvard since 2012, when she first taught with Professor Marshall Ganz. Since 2020, she has also led teams through Harvard Executive Education. Noor also taught Adaptive Leadership with Professor Ron Heifetz in 2012 and 2020, for the course on “Self, Identity and leadership”. Between 2014 and 2018, Noor managed Pakistan-based leadership programs, including as CEO of “Teach For Pakistan” (2014-15), and the lead designer of a DFID pilot (2015-18) at the Collective for Social Science Research, that enabled grassroot leaders in rural Sindh to collect real-time insights into the lives of their peers, and lead data-based conversations on woman and child malnutrition within the community.


Prior to 2014, Noor worked at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC for three years, on equity issues and researching masculinity and development. Noor completed her Masters in Public Administration / International Development on a Fulbright Scholarship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2009. She is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher qualified to teach Embodied Awareness and Compassion-Based Practices to diverse populations. 

She is part of the Leading Change Forum at the Leading Change Network. 

ADDRESS

173-I, Block 2, PECHS, Karachi-75400, Pakistan.

Telephone No: +92 21 34551482, +92 21 34541270
Fax: +92 21 34547532