Learning to make a differenceWorkshops & events at the social learning lab
Hosted in spectacular surroundings and open to anyone who enables, sponsors, facilitates, researches, or evaluates social learning in communities of practice, social learning spaces, networks, or peer-to-peer initiatives
Small and intensive four-day workshops, in a beautiful setting, learning to lead and working on your challenges and opportunities …
With enough demand, we host a BEtreat with a more academic bent for researchers, evaluators, and students working on their Masters or PhD thesis.
U.S. – August 25 – 28, 2020
You as a leader
Focus on yourself as a social learning leader and what it means to embody that in your day-to-day activities and strategic intent …
For people convening people across boundaries in a complex landscape of practice. Meet others in different sectors struggling with similar issues and work on them together taking a social learning approach.
October 8 – 9, 2020
How do we embody “being” in a social learning space? How is our identity and life trajectory involved, affected, and effective? What about the body, mind, and emotions? What about the dance of the collective and the individual? In this new, experimental BEtreat, we “be” and reflect on the “being” through the lens of personal experience and development.
October 15 – 16, 2020
Self-care for leaders
Most social learning leaders invest themselves emotionally and physically into enabling the learning of others. A lot of their work is often unrecognized. Many burn out. This workshop is a time to replenish and rejuvenate with other social learning leaders. It includes yoga (Bev is a certified yoga instructor), walking, great food experiences, and journaling.
Getting things done
Killing two birds with one stone! Reading, writing, or designing while leveraging the wisdom and experience of one another …
Reading our latest book
Volume I of our series on Learning to make a difference—value creation in social learning spaces—is about to be published. This is a rich book, both theoretically and practically. In response to requests, we will host a first group reading and discussion in Portugal in September.
17 – 18 September, 2020
For (aspiring) writers of a book, a paper, a proposal, a report… Work on it in the company of others for support, discipline, friendly critiques, and fun breaks. Join us for one of our writing retreats. This year’s is in October.
October 1 – 2, 2020
This workshop is about using Liberating Structures for developing communities and social learning spaces. Designing activities is a key competence for social learning leaders and Liberating Structures is one way to do it.
October 20 – 21, 2020
Customized to your needs and informed by our social learning perspective.
Our social learning lab in Sesimbra, Portugal, is a splendid location that accommodates events with up to 24 people. For larger events we have an agreement with the Four Points by Sheraton next door.
Small and intensive workshops, in a retreat-like setting, customized to work on your challenges and opportunities …
At our lab
We can host a custom BEtreat for your employees and select invitees in our social learning lab.
At your place
We can also host a custom BEtreat for your employees and select invitees at your location.
We offer private BEtreats for one person or a couple. It may be to work on a project that would benefit from a social learning perspective or because you are at a crossroads in your life. The BEtreat is dedicated time to focus on your project or yourself—with some light-touch input from us. Stay with us in your own beautiful room with a view, work in the morning and take time to write, reflect or relax in the afternoon. We even have an extra room for kids if you want to make it a family vacation.
Custom meetings facilitated with our unique, action-oriented blend of strategic and social learning focus …
Offsites and retreats
Is your organization at a turning point? Is it time to step back and clarify or reframe where you are going? Do you need a refined strategy or a new vision? Or is it just time for a focused moment of collective reflection? We can host and facilitate these offsites, bringing our social learning perspective to the mix.
Are you addressing a complex challenge that involves a variety of disparate stakeholders? Is it time to bring them together to gain a shared view of what’s at stake and reach some consensus on where to go? Our social learning perspective is ideal to work together in a facilitated flow of various social configurations.
Is your team at an impasse? Are your stakeholders pulled apart by serious conflicts? Let us facilitate a session to work on that. Our social learning perspective does not ignore conflicts. On the contrary, it faces conflicts head-on and takes them as learning challenges.