The Learning Network model gathers current and emerging Atlantic ENGO leaders to focus on a particular capacity building theme and to drive it more deeply than would be achieved in a day long session.
Each Atlantic Learning Network provides a space in which interested ENGO leaders can explore critical issues and generate ideas and approaches on how to respond. The program draws heavily on the experience and knowledge of the participants and provided various thinking tools, speakers and content experts. A key requisite of the program is nesting the learning back into the culture and practice of their particular organization, which is facilitated through small stipends to can be used individually or pooled.
This initiative will bring together leaders of environmental NGOs in the Atlantic region to learn and build skills with a customized team of resource people around key sector themes. In a retreat setting at Tatamagouche Centre just north of Halifax, 20 participants share 2 ½ days of panels, workshops, peer to peer learning and valuable networking.
Both Atlantic Learning Network sessions, in the spring and fall of 2008, is made possible with contributions from the Ivey Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment.
Session One: November 2005
The theme of the session was resource capacity.
Session Two: May 2006
The session theme was external communications.
Session Three: November 2006
The theme for this session was collaboration with government and the private sector.
Session Four: May 2008
The theme of the session was collaboration and movement building.
Session Five: October 2008
The theme of the session remained collaboration and movement building and presented an opportunity to further develop collaborative efforts underway among the participants.