The strength of Collaborative’s Network Development practice lays in our belief that learning communities should complement an organization’s strategic vision while bringing together stakeholders to share ideas that develop effective, practical policies and practices. Working in partnership with the organizations that we serve, we convene networks of learners, both in person and virtually, in ways that create, capture and share collective knowledge.
We believe that quality is in the details. Learning environments are a critical component in supporting seamless engagement and interaction. An understanding of the field and the motivations of people that work in it is essential. In fact, the best learning opportunities are co-created by the people who participate in them. That’s why our cycle of learning is collaborative; we engage our partners to construct new knowledge that can be used to advance organizational and social goals.
Our Cycle of Learning:
- Starts with design—the identification of essential learning questions, based on what is known and what we need to know more about.
- From there, we organize for learning, determining the best formats for learning to occur (e.g., case studies, fishbowls, site visits, consultancies).
- We facilitate learning by managing conversations and guiding the creation of knowledge among participants.
- Then, we document and reflect, making meaning of what was learned so that we and our partners can APPLY what was learned to organizational strategy.
The cycle helps us and our partners collaboratively construct new knowledge that can be used to advance organizational and social goals.