CANCELLED International Action Learning Conference 2020

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ALRP Committee Meeting 


Registration Opens




Welcome to the Conference, Introduction, What do we mean by Social Action? Networking activity: Professor Mike Pedler, Cheryl Brook

Room 1.08 Eldon Building


Poverty Alleviation - Chair: Chandana Sanyal

Room EB 1.08

Action Learning and Action Research to Alleviate Poverty-George Boak, Dave Devins and Jeff Gold

Motivations for entrepreneurial action with low-income outcomes-Isla Kapasi, with Prof. Laura Galloway, Dr Rebecca Stirzaker, Laura Jackman and Andreea Mihut

Social Action Learning: Applicability to Comrades in Adversity in Nigeria-Adrian Ogun, Reginald Braggs and Jeff Gold

Developing the circular economy in Tasmania-Genevieve Cother

Workshop 1-Chair: Cheryl Brook 

Room EB 1.09

Social Change Initiatives: Sharing the impact Action Learning has had in supporting social entrepreneurs who have gone on to train as facilitators-Fiona Scrase 

Action Learning Centre

16.30 – 17.30

Drinks Reception*

*Sponsored by Routledge, Taylor & Francis, publishers of the journal Action Learning: Research and Practice. Presentation of Best Paper and Best Account of Practice


Meal at The Dolphin (Portsmouth’s Oldest Pub)


Keynote address: Action learning - What's it all for? 

Professor Kiran Pro - Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement at the University of York
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director of the Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Leadership, Economy & Diversity


Learning and Ethical Leadership - Chair: Aileen Lawless

Room EB 1.08

What can public managers learn from society? - Anne Murphy

From meeting to conversation - shifting the culture in a hierarchical context - Liz Wiggins, Carolyn Norgate, Carolyn Parker, Janet Baker, Keith Grieve

Reflections on the value of the Action Learning Dissertation - Jennifer Bowerman

Mental Health & Wellbeing - Chair: Cheryl Brook

EB 1.09

Team Coaching within a multidisciplinary team in an adult mental health setting – An action research study - Rose Bennett

Using Action Learning Sets to Support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Postgraduate Researchers - Jane Creaton

Revans’ Helping the Helpless Project in an Historical & Political Context - Cheryl Brook

Workshop 2


Double Awareness Workshop: Promoting open reflection and exploration - Kirsten Bragh & Lotte Svalgaard Action lab®


Refreshment break


Community Development & Change - Chair: Mike Pedler

EB 1.08

Action Learning Community Development: A South Korean Approach - Yonjoo Cho, Hyeon-Cheol Bong, and Seung-Hee Park

Action learning for neighbourhood improvement – from practice to theory- Tom Bourner and Asher Rospigliosi

What wires together, fires together. From Swift to Cognitive Trust in Communities of Interaction resp. Virtual Action Learning - André Cabanis

Workshop 3

EB 1.09

Action Learning-based UK Civil Service Organisation Development Programme -Richard Hale & Carolyn Norgate

Workshop 4


Action Learning in the Service of Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in Mozambique - Armando Machevo Ussivane & Paul Ellwood




Adaptations - Chair: Aileen Lawless

EB 1.08

Role of action learning in generative action - Jackie Jeffrey & Chandana Sanyal

The Future of Packaging - A Collaborative Action Learning Approach - Jeff Gold, Ben Mitchell, Andy Lima, Olga Munroe

Adaptive Action Learning / Creating sustainable futures: Agile Action Learning - Bernhard Hauser

Workshop 5

Action Learning, HRM & the Circular Economy - Chianu Dibia

EB 1.09

Workshop 6

Using Lego to Unblock Student Learning: Part 1 – Welcome to Theory 

Serious Lego Part 2 Workshop - Andy Clegg


Refreshment break


Papers - Chair: David Higgins


Practising change together where nothing is clear, and everything keeps changing - Cathy Sharp

AoP Action Learning for Anger Management - Gary Shepherd

AoP Using action learning to develop and educate undergraduate management degree apprentices & widening participation - Becky Quew-Jones

Papers: Adaptation - Chair: Chris Abbotts


Virtual Reflective Practice Forums: adapting action learning to the global and contextual developmental needs of Mentoring and Coaching Programme Managers -  Julie Haddock-Millar, Chandana Sanyal, David Clutterbuck

The Role of Action Learning in Fostering Adaptive and Systemic Leadership Practice in Social Work - Mary Hartog, Lucille Allain, Chris Rigby, Helen-Hingley- Jones, Julie Haddock- Millar, Melissa Richardson

So, what happens to P? Lessons from Network Action Learning - David Coghlan & Paul Coughlan



Papers: Adaptations - Chair: David Coghlan


Engineers can’t reflect: adapting action learning in engineering education to enable critical reflection - Catherine Groves, Gabrielle Orbaek-White, Patricia Xavier

Comparing Team Coaching and Action Learning as Organisational Development Methodologies for solving real-world problems - Melissa Sayer & Colm Murphy

Adapting action learning in the legal profession - Bernadette McDonald, Solicitor & Aileen Lawless

Workshop 8

Theorising - David Coghlan & Clare Rigg

Workshop 9


Can action learning help to tackle poverty? - Ruth Cook, Chelsea Marshall


Refreshment break


Papers: Chair - Cheryl Brook


How are academics using action learning? - Cheryl Brook & MIke Pedler 

Internationalisation of action learning - Daljit Kaur

Internationalisation of Action Learning: & “Kollegiale Beratung“ in Germany - is it Action Learning? - Bernhard Hauser

A tale of two ethoses: neoliberalism and action learning - John Edmonstone


EB 1.09

Multiple Problem Action Learning - Bob Cother, Director, The Action Learning Institute, Adelaide, Australia


Final Plenary & Opportunity for Reflection - Dr David Higgins, University of Liverpool

EB 1.08


deli-style packed lunch on departure


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