Welcome to the webpage of the Learning Community. We are an international, online community of circa 100 scientists, policymakers and practitioners who share an interest in learning for sustainable development. This community was set up following three sessions on learning at the International Sustainability Conference 2016. Its aim is to enhance the learning capacity of those who examine or seek to stimulate or organize learning processes. It brings together people working on learning in transitions and those working on social learning in natural resources management. By connecting these usually rather seperate communities, we hope to create synergies and to identify and address cross-cutting questions. You can join our community by subscribing to thelearningcommunity google groups.
Upcoming and previously organized webinar(s)
On a regular basis we plan to co-organize webinars with TIAS on a theme that is of direct relevance to those interested in learning. The webinar “Education for Sustainable Development: Debating principles, promise and practice” will take place on Thursday the 7th of June 2018, 16.00 – 17.30 am CEST (GMT +2). This webinar is organized by the Learning Community, a working group of TIAS. During the webinar, we will take a closer look at the promises and critiques of Education for Sustainable Development, as well as alternative framings that might offer new ways forward. Space is limited. Therefore, registration is requested by 6th of June 2018, midnight. See the invitation for details about the programme, speakers and registration.
So far, the following webinars were organized:
- The recording of the 2nd webinar “How a Social Learning Approach can Support the Design and Implementation of Interventions will take place”, which took place Tuesday the 27th of June 2017, 14:30-16:00 CEST (GMT +2) can be accessed here: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p5thrr13454/ The presentations and a report of the webinar will be made available in the coming weeks.
- For the 1st webinar Conceptualization and measurement of learning (16th of November 2016, co-organized with TIAS, hosted on Adobe Connect) webinar presentations and a synthesis report are posted here. The report contains a reference to the recording.
At the International Sustainability Transitions conference 2017, the coordinators of the Learning Community organized the dialogue session: Understanding learning for governing sustainability transitions (session G23). This session built upon the sessions on learning that we had at IST 2016 and paid explicit attention to our community.
Download: Synthesis report
This Learning Community is a follow-up of several sessions that were organized at the International Sustainability Conference 2016
Session A2: Dialogue Session “Conceptualizing and measuring social learning: challenges and ways forward” chaired by Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, Geeske Scholz and Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Sessions J1 and K1: Dialogue Sessions “The role of learning in understanding and governing sustainability transitions (Part I and Part II)” chaired by Johannes Halbe and Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Download: Session programme and results
Session presentations have been posted on a password-protected website. You can obtain the link and the password by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Learning Community is involved in editing a special issue on “Learning in Transitions” to be published in the Journal of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transformation. The call for abstracts is closed. The editorial team consists of: Barbara van Mierlo, PJ Beers, Johannes Halbe, Geeske Scholz and Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf. The editorial team organized a workshop for contributors on the 22nd of June in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Communication and coordination
This learning community is coordinated by Blane Harvey, Caroline Lumosi, Romina Rodela, Geeske Scholz and Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf. This community is kindly supported by The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS). All members of the coordinating team are active members of TIAS. If you would like to engage with TIAS, you can become a member. TIAS depends on the support of individuals and organizations and welcomes donations.
Want to become involved?
If you would like to be on our mailinglist or if you have ideas for further cooperation in the form of joint webinars, conference sessions or dedicated workshops, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.