"An incredible learning experience providing an amazing set of perspectives and problem solving approaches that is key to successful management." CEO of small environmental change org.
"More effective and better value than individual coaching" Headteacher
Action Learning for Social Change
Many people working in education and social change find themselves swamped by fundraising, budget cuts, inspection targets, staff shortages, the needs of the people they serve, interpersonal issues, monitoring, evaluation requirements and so on.
Action Learning is an affordable way for people in the cash-strapped social action field to share their knowledge and test out new ways of thinking. Our open Action Learning Sets have included people working in overseas development, climate change, community participation and outdoor education. By reconnecting with the rhythms, freedom, logic and intelligence of the natural world, activists and professionals can resource themselves and reflect deeply on how they can be most effective.
Being part of an action learning set enables people to get support, advice, ideas and challenge from peers that know! This can be within teams or across organisations with common professional interests and challenges. The format is a regular meeting - usually once a month - where everyone gets an opportunity for focussed attention on issues that matter to them. The sets are confidential and reflective, enabling exploration to a much deeper level than is possible in most work meetings. Action Learning was developed by Reg Revans and draws on theories of active and double loop learning. Being part of an action learning set enables you to transform your 'habits of thinking' so as to act on new insights and opportunities.
Several of our Associates are trained action learning facilitators. Annie and Polly have facilitated two values-based sets for leaders in social and enviornmental change. These have combined action learning with peer coaching and reflective practices taking the natural world as inspiration and resource.