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IFAL in Conversation is a new style of live online event that connects the best current Action Learning thinking, writing or practice, from around the world in an engaged informal format.

The event lasts 90 minutes and take place on the Zoom platfrom. This includes time for the Conversation, Q&A with the audience, followed by small breakout rooms for reflection and further discussion. The event will be recorded and made available to IFAL members in the Resources area of the IFAL website.

CAFE IFAL: Practitioner Workshops

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 Cafe IFAL: Practitioners Workshop will be announced soon.

Upcoming events

    • 3 Nov 2021
    • 12:30 - 13:00
    • Online in Zoom

    Once again our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on the online ZOOM platform to give all our supporters, members and international colleagues the chance to join us wherever they may be in the world.

    The AGM will be followed by an IFAL Presents virtual event.

    Watch this space for more information regarding the day and how you could join us via Zoom.

    Please put this date in you diary and we look forward to seeing you…..

    • 3 Nov 2021
    • 13:00 - 14:00
    • Online in Zoom


    How to Develop an Organizational Learning Ecosystem:
    The Role and Implications for Action Learning

    IFAL is pleased to present Alaa Garad, and Jeff Gold, authors of “The Learning-Driven Business. How to Develop an Organizational Learning Ecosystem” (2021).

    Alaa is an Organizational Learning Specialist, author, Associate Professor at the University of Portsmouth Business School, Deputy Chair of the Human Capital Committee at the British Standards Institute, and Fellow at the Learning and Performance Institute. He is an award-winning executive with over 20 years of experience designing, leading and managing organizational development projects. Jeff is well known to IFAL members as an author of insightful books and as a frequent contributor to the journal, Action Learning: Research and Practice. He is Professor of Organisation Learning at York St. John University Business School and Leeds University Business School. Like Alaa, he has worked with many public, social and private sector organisations.

    Jeff and Alaa will present their “Learning-Driven Organization Model” and the role Action Learning plays in developing an organization’s learning ecosystem. They believe that “learning could be an organization’s only sustainable competitive advantage.” Aligning research, theory and practice, Alaa and Jeff look at specific approaches and methods used by organizations to achieve this end, and how “learning by individuals, groups and teams become organizational learning.”

    Action Learning has a role to play in this objective. They will discuss Action Learning Sets (Learning Circles) as well as an intriguing explication of what the authors call Positive Action Learning (PAL). Looking ahead, they address the importance of “Futures and Foresight Learning” and propose “the way forward” --a fascinating look into how Action Learning will stay relevant in the 21st century and be an integral part of the journey ahead.

    We invite you to join us online via Zoom for a thought provoking presentation. Register above and a zoom link will be provided prior to the event.



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