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BEtreat state-of-the-art

July 6, 2021 - July 30, 2021

Social learning leadership I

a BEtreat workshop


A solid foundation in
the art and principles of social learning

Why social learning leadership matters

Social learning is about learning from and with peers. It is a learning partnership – whether you call it a community of practice, a learning network, or a social learning space. It is particularly important when what you need to know is not yet known. And you have to learn on the go, adjusting and improving in response to what you are finding out in practice. Your learning is improved by what your your peers are learning in their own practice. 

As a species we have been doing this forever. But we can become more intentional about it. We can cultivate these learning partnerships in communities of practice or social learning spaces to develop the overall strategic capability of our group, organization, or field. 

Who should join

This workshop is for you if you want to develop your capacity to enable social learning—whether you are a manager, an activist, a consultant, a teacher, or organizational development specialist. The online format lends itself to exploring how to do this online. We also welcome people who are doing research on communities of practice, learning in networks or organization, identity, or emerging forms of leadership.

What we focus on

In this workshop we share the models and frameworks we have developed to cultivate, lead, sponsor and evaluate social learning. We also work as a community to help you apply these models to your practice or project.

  • Sharing a language: social learning spaces, networks, communities of practice, landscapes of practice, value-creation framework.
  • Framing your challenge: articulate your context, visualize your challenge, engage the whole group in your inquiry.
  • Taking a lead: exploring and acting out different social learning leadership roles and tasks on behalf of the whole group.
  • Monitoring and articulating the value: how does what you do create value, how do you monitor and promote that value, and what does this mean for learning to make a difference?
  • Exploring tools for social learning: becoming adept at using the tools and technologies that help you lead social learning activities online.

How it unfolds

The workshop takes place in a carefully designed communal online space.  You also build your own space where you can invite colleagues to see something of your context and to engage in chatting or thinking with you.  

Interactions are is a mix of synchronous conversations (e.g., on Zoom or Skype) and and collaboration (e.g., on Mural or Google docs) as well as asynchronous interactions (e.g., in a discussion forum).

We all meet synchronously as a whole group for 75 minutes 4 times a week, Tuesday – Friday. Assume an additional 1-3 hours a week of self-paced time for small-group work as well as individual consultations and reflections.

Each week is focused on a theme:

Week 1 – Getting on the same page:

    • Sharing a language: foundations of theory and practice
    • What is everyone trying to achieve?
    • How can we help each other?

Week 2 – Creating value:

    • The value-creation framework
    • How to use the framework to create and assess value
    • Shaping a value proposition

Week 3 – The discipline of design

    • The art of designing for social learning
    • Key learning activities
    • How to launch a community of practice
    • The use of technology

Week 4 – Your leadership:

    • The art of social learning leadership
    • What kind of social learning leader am I?
    • What have I learned and where I am going next?

Time zones can be a challenge for synchronous sessions and we try to find times that accommodate everyone. Usually the sessions start between 2:00pm and 7:00pm Lisbon time (West European Time). If we have enough people for whom these times are difficult, we form more than one group to accommodate time zones.

Price and discounts

Price 1,200 US dollars


  • Early bird, if paid by May 15: $960
  • Teams of three or more people from the same organization: $960 per person

Limited number of partial scholarships available for people who circumstances make our prices prohibitive. Contact us.

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Sesimbra, Portugal
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July 6, 2021
July 30, 2021


2900-500 Portugal
+351 962 298 800


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