Every organization and movement has its own boundaries: the far edges of its relationships and understandings. Going to those boundaries creates learning, growth and change. I design and lead learning journeys, sustained over time, for organizations and coalitions of organizations to go to those places that challenge their own orthodoxies and to transform the perspectives and skills of all involved.
Core elements of Learning Journeys include:
- Travel to and deep engagement with places that embody the challenge or the response that is needed. Experience over theory.
- Using a different lens to see their own world.
- Exploring the history of human experience in that place to better understand and respond to the present day conditions.
- Peer-to-peer learning.
- Sustained Inquiry.
Learning Journeys change behavior and create the conditions for new practices to be implemented. Learning journeys are especially effective at fostering core culture change, such as examining the role that power and privilege plays in keeping groups from fully achieving their mission, and in aiding collaboration between groups of different backgrounds, class and culture.