Learning Organizations and Change

October 10 - October 25, 2017 Application deadline: May 15, 2017

Participants will explore how changes in structure, plans and actions can strengthen an organization’s relevance to its members. A learning organization culture is created that allows leaders to practice the art of change. Participants will explore how changing mental models, personal mastery, shared vision, team learning and systems thinking can create a vibrant learning organization. Drawing on leaders’ experiences, each learning activity is designed to address current organizational realities. The learning environment created is a highly participatory and inclusive space for reflection and dialogue. The course inspires individual and collective wisdom about learning organizations and change to emerge.

Personal benefits

  • Build self-mastery as the basis of leadership to facilitate others through change – addressing motivational impact, frustrations, and stress;
  • Learn ‘how to learn’ collaboratively and help others learn in complex organizational situations;
  • Identify strategies to alleviate barriers to learning within organizational structures and cultures.

Organizational benefits

  • Build a framework for change based on the vision and values to which the organization aspires;
  • Transform internal organizational strengths and assets for organizational renewal in three strategic areas – communication, support systems, and organizational cultures;
  • Design dynamic organizational strategies for documenting and sharing organizational experience and knowledge (best practices, knowledge management);
  • Integrate mainstreaming approaches to enhance organizational performance in areas of gender equality, HIV and AIDS, disability, human rights, and the environment

Who should take the program?

This certificate is designed for development practitioners who are responsible for the continued excellence and relevance of their organizations. Presidents, founders, executive directors, program/project managers, directors, coordinators, team leaders, and internal change agents with other titles have found this course supportive in building collaborative learning cultures to better pursue their organizations’ missions.

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Tuition 3,000 CAD
Accommodation and meals 1,500 CAD
Total 4,500 CAD

Program costs are subject to change.

All successful applicants are responsible for the cost of travel.

Most qualified candidates receive a scholarship to assist with program costs. Please visit the scholarship page.


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