The Arc of Change was born of a desire to inspire a world in which we collectively embody our shared humanity.
In my years of leading trainings around the world, I’ve been consistently inspired by the indomitable strength, resilience, courage, and compassion in people’s hearts. I’ve learned our capacity to achieve change is limitless when we stand united. As someone who has experienced the challenges of growing up with a single parent in communities affected by structural racism, poverty, and violence, I feel called to share that which I’ve had the opportunity to learn — and to continue learning alongside others committed to doing meaningful work for justice.
I’m Dominican-American, raised in Boston, Honolulu and Indianapolis. Growing up, I was a happy kid fond of running fast and superheroes.
In high school, I experienced the pain of losing a close friend to gun violence. In a moment of choosing a redemptive path over one of retribution, I began organizing for peace. I’ll never forget the hopefulness of celebrating the signing of a peace treaty in a room filled with other young people at the peak of our campaign. I learned that organizing is a powerful vehicle for building communities that act together.
Anna Maria Melachrinou
COMMUNITY OF COACHES
WHAT WE DO
The Arc of Change is a Boston-based training initiative focused on harnessing the power of community organizing practices as a transformative craft for leadership and social impact.
Our trainings are based on proven frameworks originally developed by Professor Marshall Ganz at Harvard University in collaboration with a global community of changemakers. We create brave learning spaces to harness the power of both head and heart, and teach through experiential learning using a powerful 4-step pedagogy. We intentionally engage local and global communities to build meaningful relationships and campaigns to achieve real world change.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Arc of Change envisions a world in which organizers, activists, educators and artists are empowered through transformational leadership practices to build agency and organize collective action as a community of authentic changemakers.
We aim to uplift the voice of marginalized communities, promote a global consciousness of our shared humanity, and equip changemakers with transformational skills to meaningfully shift unjust power dynamics in the world.
Theory Of Change
We believe people are the source of our power. We achieve meaningful change by investing deeply in the leadership development of individuals and teams within universities, nonprofit organizations, and campaigns. Our aim is to empower an intersectional community of activists to enable collective action for social change.