NEON Action Learning

Looking for some strategic support and new perspectives on your work?

NEON’s Action Learning programme gets people working together across campaigns to solve thorny strategy problems.


Join a group   Become a facilitator

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

Read more about the process here, or drop us a line if you’d like to chat more about how action learning works.

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.

Location: London



Suki Ferguson

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.

Location: London



Emma Leigh

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.

Location: London


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.

Location: Bristol



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.

Apply to become a facilitator

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.

The details

  • 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.

Future Trainings

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.