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The Café IFAL virtual discussion forum is a place where Action Learning practitioners can share their experiences of using Action Learning in real situations. Everyone who comes along is encouraged to contribute to the debate in an informal ‘café’ atmosphere. The purpose of the forum is to join together to create, develop, and support communities of Action Learning practitioners around the world, and to learn and share with each other.

The format of this virtual event includes a brief presentation of a particular piece of Action Learning practice, followed by open discussion where we share related experience and create opportunities to learn with and from each other.

Sessions last 90 minutes and take place on the Zoom platform.  

Numbers are limited to 20 people.  Costs are £10 for members and £20 for non-members.  All fees go towards hosting further events.

Detail of our next Café IFAL will be coming soon.

Review of our last Café IFAL event with Robert & Genevieve Cother

Thank you to Robert and Genevieve Cother for leading a terrific Café IFAL on September 16th . The discussion, which focused on 21st century skills, is both timely and deeply relevant given the uncertain future we face and the socio-economic rip tide we find ourselves in.

Bob and Gen encouraged us to reflect on the skills, capabilities and behaviours of effective action learners as well as the assessment of individuals’ effectiveness as action learners. Discussion ranged around what we might assess; how we might assess; how context and culture might affect the assessment exercise; and, perhaps most critically, how might assessment damage the spirit of action learning or inhibit action learners to openly ‘share their difficulties’.

As in action learning practice, I believe the questions posed will continue working in the minds of the Café participants. They are certainly clamouring for attention in my mind!

Thanks again to Bob and Gen for sharing some of their action learning practice and challenges, as well as their own skills and capabilities as expert facilitators.

Bob and Gen are keen to continue the conversation. If you would like to be part of the on-going discussion please contact



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