What is action learning?
Action Learning involves meeting once a month with a small group of people working in your field. You follow a structured process that helps you:
- Overcome complex strategy problems together in a safe environment
- Learn and improve your active listening and peer coaching skills
- Share strategies and insights
- Build relationships within your field
Join a group
The following action learning groups kick off in March 2017 – click on the links to apply by Sunday 19th February.
How it works:
- You’ll have a one-day kick off meeting to get to know your group and work on one or two challenges.
- You’ll then meet for 4 hours every 4-6 weeks.
- Each group decides on a time and location for their meetings.
Reimagining digital for good
Facilitator: Dama Sathianathan, EmpowerHack
A group for people wanting to harness the power of tech to achieve social change.
Male leadership in 2017 and beyond
Facilitator: Suki Ferguson, LSE Students’ Union
For men in campaigns who want to use the agency they have to make their organisations more equal and diverse.
Creating more inclusive community organisations
Facilitator – Emma Leigh, Islington Cold Weather Night Shelter
For people working with community groups to explore strategies and ideas for making them more inclusive and engaging.
Value driven work – life balance
Facilitator: Sarah Poppy Jackson, Freelance
For people trying/succeeding/failing to make a livelihood freelancing in social, political, environmental justice work.
Empowering young voices in our organisations
Facilitator: Zivile Mantrimaite, Young Friends of the Earth Europe
For people striving to set up sustainable and democratic youth groups, overcoming issues of power, burnouts and high turnover.
Location: Invite only this time for participants in other European countries
None of these groups hit the spot? No problem – this is a rolling programme with more opportunities on their way soon. You could even consider facilitating your own group.
Become a facilitator
Want to run an action learning group of your own?
NEON are partnering with Action Learning Associates (ALA) to train up more superstar facilitators. The next three-day training is on the 10-12 February in London, and you can apply today – the deadline for applications midnight on Tuesday 31st January.
By learning to facilitate action learning you will help groups
- Solve complex problems in a safe and supportive environment
- Improve skills such as active listening and peer coaching
- Build community by sharing insights and experiences
- Build stronger, more resilient organisations and campaigns.
The training is highly practical – meaning you tackle real life challenges in the process of learning. Afterwards, you put your new skills into action by facilitating a monthly action learning group for a group of 6-8 people, including some NEON members, for 6 months, with support and supervision from Action Learning Associate.
Read more about the action learning process here, or drop us a line if you’d like to chat to one of our previous trainees now facilitating a set. We’d particularly love to hear from anyone interested in facilitating groups outside of London and the South East. If you need support on travel and accommodation to attend the training, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
- Where: Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TR.
- When: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th February. 9.45am – 5 / 6pm each day
There’s space for 6-8 NEON members.
- About the trainers: Action Learning Associates (ALA) is the longest established company offering the training and the trainer, Di Bligh, has decades of experience in training people in the action learning method. ALA has partnered with NEON to offer this training, free of charge because they want to support the work of the NEON community.
If you’re keen to get trained up as an Action Learning facilitator but can’t make our Feb training, there will be two more sessions:
- 17-19th July
- 24-26th October
We’ll let you know when applications open for the later trainings.