Learning Journeys

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.
  • Place-based.

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.

Learning Journeys Examples

  • First Light Learning Journey

    First Light is an ongoing collaborative effort, begun in 2017, between Maine conservation organizations and Wabanaki Tribes to expand Wabanaki access and stewardship of land.   Our long work is reciprocity: we seek Wabanaki prosperity through access and stewardship of land and we seek to create a stronger conservation movement that includes and reflects indigenous expertise and perspective.   Through expanding Wabanaki stewardship of land, we hope to contribute toward growing the conditions for on-going prosperity of Wabanaki language, culture and economy.  We will all benefit from this, and it all begins with the land.

    The purpose of First Light Learning Journey is to foster awareness and points of relationship between Native and non-Native conservationists that will lead directly to expanded access to land and water natural and cultural resources for Wabanaki people, who today have access to less than 1% of the land that once supported their place-based cultures.

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  • Community Conservation Learning Journey

    The Community Conservation Learning Journey created the opportuntiy for 20 leaders of 6 statewide conservation groups to sustain a dilaogue over training and travel to places that enabled them to re-image their work through a lens of power and privilege.

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