We are pleased to share three short audio clips from some of the speakers at the IFAL conference on Tuesday 27 September 2016 in London. To book a place or for more details about the Conference, please visit the IFAL Conference webpage.

Lynne Hale – Using action learning to support leaders and social entrepreneurs in the community

Lynne will share her experience of setting up, and working with participants in, community action learning projects. She will reflect on her own personal learning and the outcomes for participants in their life and work.

Listen to Lynne’s short audio clip here

Stephen Moss – Working with the LankellyChase Foundation (working as an Associate of Action Learning Associates)

Stephen’s work involved working with project leaders to tackle severe and multiple disadvantage through funding system-changing projects. Stephen will explore difficulties around systems leadership and the challenges of influencing wider commissioning systems and then invite workshop participants to explore these themes in their own practice.

Listen to Stephen’s short audio clip here.

Adrian Nixon – Unexpected outcomes from working with the Chief Executives of several different charities

Adrian will present a case study that began as a series of action learning sets for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of third sector organisations in West Yorkshire, UK. The action learning sets were highly successful, however the CEOs realised that some of the issues they were dealing with were bigger than any one organisation. A new multi-organisation approach was created that extended action learning principles to help organisations cooperate and address societal issues together. The work was so well received it became a case study for a Cabinet Office report for the UK Government. The workshop will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the model, draw conclusions, and compare these with what actually happened.

Listen to Adrian’s short audio clip here.


Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th September 2016, St Albans Centre, London
Fees: IFAL/ALF members £110 (or £100 if paying before 31 July); ILM/AMED members £120;  non-members £160 (includes lunch and refreshments) IFAL membership is £55 per year and you can join IFAL and get the members’ discount for this Conference.

The purpose of IFAL’s 2016 Conference is to explore how Action Learning practice can be used to drive or facilitate social change at all levels and in all contexts. In practical workshop settings we will hear about current practice and look beyond traditional uses of Action Learning to explore new possibilities and contexts. We have put together a summary about the speakers, workshops and short stories for the conference, and you can read more here.

Listen to short clips of three of our speakers on the projects they’ll be talking about at the Conference:

Lynne Hale: Using action learning to support leaders and social entrepreneurs in the community

Stephen Moss: Working with the LankellyChase Foundation

Adrian Nixon: Unexpected outcomes from working with the Chief Executives of several different charities

The second day will be hosted by the ALF (Action Learning for Facilitators) team and will include the opportunity to participate in an Action Learning Set.

What will you get out of it?

  1. Hear real stories of where and how people are changing the world for the better
  2. Go away with a broader understanding of how AL can be used and developed to meet ever more complex social challenges
  3. Understand the triggers, obstacles and complexities involved in using AL for social change
  4. Share experiences and develop actions for taking your practice forward into new areas

Who is the Conference for?

  • Established Action Learning practitioners working in all sectors
  • Those new to Action Learning who want to find out more
  • OD commissioners who may be interested in hearing about how, where and to what end Action Learning is being used
  • Anyone who is involved in complex social change and who would welcome learning with and from others who face similar challenges.

Download the flyer and/or booking form, or contact Helen if you have any queries.


IFAL recently ran a workshop in London entitled ‘An Introduction to Action Learning’

As a follow-on to the workshop, IFAL is offering – whether you attended the workshop or not – an opportunity to experience Action Learning through taking part in an Action Learning Set. The approach used will be that described on the IFAL website.

The Set is scheduled to start at the beginning of April and will be 6 sessions of 3 hours each at times and dates to suit participants.  They will be facilitated ‘virtually’ by teleconference, by experienced AL facilitators. Alternatively, face-to-face meetings may be possible if participants can provide a venue (and geography allows!). The fee for the six sessions is £240 per person.

Joining the Set will give you:

  • the opportunity to focus on work and/or personal issues, in a confidential setting
  • the opportunity to develop your skills in coaching, active listening and group work
  • experience of a model of Action Learning which is widely used
  • the benefit of working with an experienced facilitator.

If you would like more information about joining an Action Learning Set, please contact Helen at admin@ifal.org.uk.