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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.

Our next Café IFAL will be taking place on the 2nd December 2020.  Further details can be found here.

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 bobcother@actionlearning.edu.au

Upcoming events

    • 20 Oct 2020
    • 13:00 - 15:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom
    • 25
    Register

    IFAL GLOBAL DIALOGUE SERIES

    Tuesday 20th October 2020 13:00 - 15:00 BST on Zoom


    IFAL is committed to taking action in relation to our website statement  responding to the events of 2020, events that are galvanising people around the world to examine power, privilege and injustice.

    We believe that Action Learning has the potential to help people create a better world: inclusive, fair, just, sustainable and equal and free of racism. We are influenced by IFAL’s core values of curiosity, authenticity and collaboration.

    We therefore invite you to join us in dialogue about how Action Learning can help create this better world.

    Please join us for the first meeting of our new Global Dialogue Series on the 20th October 2020, 13:00- 15:00 BST. Please note the Global Dialogue Series are free and open to all IFAL's current members.  If you wish to take part and are not currently an IFAL member, please visit our membership area here in order to complete a simple membership registration form.

    We will jointly begin to explore these questions, and others that you will bring;
    • How can Action Learning help?
    • What might Action Learning’s contribution be at the individual level as well as at the systemic level?
    • What in Action Learning’s origins might hold it/us back?
    We will hold some facilitated space and work in small groups, bringing an international and diverse range of experiences, views and ideas.  Our hope is that some or all of you will then be interested in continuing to work on these questions and develop new plans for action in the world through working in virtual Action Learning sets.

    • 2 Dec 2020
    • 14:00 - 15:30 (UTC-00:00)
    • Zoom
    • 11
    Register

    Action learning and the Circular Economy

    presented by Genevieve Cother, The Action Learning Institute

    Wednesday 2nd December 2020 14:00 - 15:30 GMT

    A survey of sustainability leaders in global corporations identifies the need for business education design to address disruptive change, such as the circular economy, digital transformation and big data (Roobeek & De Ritter, 2016). They believe that business schools bear responsibility for educating “the leaders and knowledge workers of tomorrow” to face the real and imminent problems of humanity.

    However, the circular economy is still largely a theoretical model that global economies are struggling to implement (Iles, 2018). There are many real and perceived barriers to developing circular economies. We must learn how to do it by attempting to do it, in order to see, recognise and confront the forces that prevent us from achieving change.

    As such, it presents an ideal opportunity for action learning. In fact, action learning is promoted by recognised thought leaders in circular economy theory, as a method for developing the circular economy (Ellen Macarthur Foundation, 2019). An Action Learning Set Toolkit, has been created specifically for this purpose.  

    In 2019, the Tasmanian government funded an action learning program to support small- to medium-sized businesses to increase their resource efficiency and seek opportunities to develop the circular economy in Tasmania. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of action learning to achieve measurable progress toward sustainability goals. The participant experience supports Ballard’s (2005) assertion that action and reflection develop the required conditions of awareness, agency and association toward developing the circular economy.

    However, the program outcomes challenge the perceived role of higher education to deliver solutions and an assumed precedence of ‘programmed learning’ in Revan’s Learning Equation.

    Case studies from the Tasmanian Business Resource Efficiency Program will be shared, with a facilitated discussion to address the following questions:

    1. What comes first for you: programmed learning or questioning, and why?

    2. How does higher education connect with the ‘real world’ in your neck of the woods?

    3. What can we each do to connect higher education with real world problems?

    This session is presented by Genevieve Cother, Business Development Manager at the Action Learning Institute (ALI). ALI is an edtech startup and one of the most innovative registered training organisations in Australia. Our unique approach to formal qualification comes from over a decade of action research in education and training, and the development of supporting technology, to deliver nationally recognised qualifications entirely through action learning.

    Genevieve is an industrial designer and Master of Sustainable Design. The Business Resource Efficiency Program was designed and delivered by Genevieve on behalf of Business Action Learning Tasmania (BALT), in partnership with the Tasmanian government.

    More information is available online at climatechange.tas.gov.au and businessactionlearningtas.com.au/brep


    Café IFAL is a virtual discussion forum where Action Learning practitioners can share their experiences of using Action Learning in real situations. Whether you wish to present a piece of work you’ve delivered – the struggles and successes - or simply contribute to the debate, join us at Café IFAL.

    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.


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