Learning Networks are an intensive residential learning format for environmental leaders that address both management skills and leadership development.
What do Learning Network Sessions Look Like?
Learning Network sessions occur over several days every six months. They take place in a rural, residential, retreat-like atmosphere and involve a dozen or so key leaders. Ideally, participants move through a series of three linked sessions. Participants examine trends and issues that impact their work and potentially create broad strategies for collective work in a region or sub-sector. The intent is to be a catalyst for change, incite improved collaboration and enhance sector self-awareness. These retreats combine a mix of external stimulation (e.g. ‘expert’ resources) and internal reflection (e.g. group exercises). We provide a professional facilitator to ensure peer to peer exchanges happen effectively and a resource person (i.e. expert on specific capacity issue) to inject new ideas and to go in depth in a particular area.
What Happens Between Learning Network Sessions?
Modest stipends are available to participants to help translate learning network concepts into action and to ensure the sessions do not remain a purely academic exercise. Examples of this support include: organizational anchoring projects where participants pool the funds, reflective papers and staff exchanges.
Why Learning Networks?
Learning Networks enable us to focus resources on select leaders and their organizations. These interventions facilitate progress on core capacity issues by fostering an in depth understanding of the major issues facing environmental organizations. Further, the opportunity to meet three time over two years allows us to have an evermore tailored curriculum, allows new relationships to be developed or existing ones strengthened and builds trust between organizers and leaders to drive ideas and themes deeper.