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The GLEN Action Learning Ecosystem

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To support The GLEN’s exploratory learning, we have developed the diagram above illustrating the GLEN Action Learning Ecosystem. It shows how the different learning elements of The GLEN interact to create a real ecosystem for both advancing our knowledge of collaboration and supporting change projects and tools creation aimed at challenging issues.

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PURPOSE:  Our north star is our strong alignment on a shared purpose of advancing the field of collaborative methods, in a broad, boundary-spanning way. In addition, the whole Earth image in the logo reminds us of our commitment to think systemically and act collaboratively worldwide.

NETWORKING:  Being known and appreciated by a network of committed colleagues is important in sustaining the intense work that change consultants and collaborative organization leaders take on. The GLEN’s commitment is to keep the network at a size where people can actually get to know and trust each other. We encourage a diversity of spontaneous connections as well as diversity in age, cultural backgrounds, and geography.

EXCHANGES with other members: Programs and gatherings that intentionally work with the pooled experience of participants, exploring significant questions at the edges of our practice to generate insights. These sessions are sourced and led by GLEN members.

“Exchanges” is a metaphor inviting us to:

  • Examine deeply-held assumptions and beliefs
  • Evolve collaborative learning fueled by curiosity 
  • Experience deep reciprocity and mutual empowerment.

These are held both on and in person.

COLLABORATIONS on key issues:  Members sponsor and lead action learning collaborations focused on critical issues, pushing the edges of methodology to support collective impact. These projects will provide opportunities for members with diverse experience to work together and support each other on their different initiatives. Project leads organize teams of members who express interest in collaborating and will generate their own processes for taking action and business models for new tools development if that is their interest. All project teams are encouraged to harvest and share learning with the membership as a whole through this website.

LEARNING RESOURCES at your own pace Members are invited to share experiences by authoring self-directed explorations of how members are advancing the field—using a full vocabulary of text, graphics, and video. For authors, the website allows for feedback preliminary to wider sharing in other media. For learners, it provides post-workshop and event support for self-paced professional development. The Learning Resources are focusing on five areas:

    1. Personal and Leadership Transformation
    2. Team Development
    3. Visual & Virtual Facilitation
    4. Organizational Strategy & Evolution
    5. Social Change

Currently David Sibbet works as the lead facilitative editor. As we evolve an editorial support team will help members with these kinds of communications.


We anticipate a range of levels of involvement. Those members who are most highly engaged in guiding action learning Collaborations, hosting Exchanges and contributing to Learning Journeys are invited to participate as The GLEN’s meta-learners, coming together as a core group to follow threads of interest and synthesize what The GLEN community is learning. They will help shape the projects and topics addressed, and they will be stewards of sharing insights and evolving methods with the larger field.

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