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14 AUGUST 2013

Action Learning, Action Research Association: Australasian Conference 2013

"The ALARA 2013 Australasian Conference will be held at Riverglenn, Brisbane, Australia on 23–24 September 2013. The conference will provide an opportunity for professional and personal development and renewal of practitioners in business, government, education and community sectors. Around the theme 'Creating a Better World', the conference will investigate how individuals, organisations and communities contribute to handing on a better world. We have presenters coming from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Malaysia, Singapore, Vanuatu and most states of Australia."


2013action learningAction Learning Action Research Associationaction researchALARA • ALARA 2013 Australasian Conference • Arizio Sweeting • Australasian conference • AustraliaBrisbanecollaborative learningconference • creating a better world • Emmanuel Tetteh • Michael Dent • strategic network • sustainable societytransformationtransformational engagement • transformational practices • transforming businesses • transforming colleges • transforming communities • transforming governments • transforming schools • transforming universities • transforming voluntary organisations • transforming workplaces


Simon Perkins
10 JULY 2012

KAOSPilot: enterprising leader creating value for you and others

"The KaosPilots was founded in 1991 in Århus, Denmark. It grew out of a youth organization called the Front Runners, a truly novel initiative, who worked with cultural and social projects.

The KaosPilots is a self–governing institution comprised of two parts: the school and a consultancy. The purpose of the KaosPilots is 'positive social change through personal growth'.

The consultancy offers the same capabilities that are offered to the students to companies, NGO's and public organizations, but adapted to suit their specific need. For examples of clients please click here.

The program is a three–year long education where the focus lies upon learning by doing through client assignments, from entrepreneurs, consultants, leaders and thought leaders.

The program consists of the disciplines Creative Enterprising Design, Creative Project Design, Creative Process Design and Creative Leadership Design and the education is designed around and operates according to the values Streetwise, Risk–taking, Balance, Compassion, Real World and Playful.

Based on the written application approximately 70 individuals are invited to attend a unique three–day workshop in the spring every year. Through a variety of assignments the applicant provides information to the staff and students who in the end will select a diverse team of about 35 aspiring KaosPilots to begin the program in the fall.

According to a comprehensive survey conducted in 2005 approximately 30% of the graduated KaosPilots work as an entrepreneur.

A KaosPilot is an enterprising leader who creates value for themselves and others."

(Christer Windeløv–Lidzélius)



1991action learning • alternative action • Arhus • autonomousbusiness leaderschange • Chaos Pilots • classical education system • compassionconsultancyconsultant • create value • creative enterprise • creative enterprising design • creative leadership • creative leadership design • creative process • creative process design • creative project design • creative projectscreative thinkingcreativity in the classroom • cultural projects • Denmarkdesign thinkingdivergent thinkingeducation • educational programme • enterprising leader • entrepreneurship • Front Runners (organisation) • information and communication • innovative educational programme • KAOSPilot • Kaospilot Aarhus • knowledge constructionleadershiplearning by doing • live clients • management education • network of professionals • new jobs • new pressures • novel initiative • personal development • personal growth • playfulness • private educational programme • project management • rapidly changing society • real worldrisk-takingschools • self-designed projects • self-governing institution • social changesocial construction of knowledge • social inventiveness • social projects • streetwise • thought leaders • ways of thinkingyoung peopleyouth organisation


Simon Perkins
23 MARCH 2012

Autumn 2012: Design and Social Innovation

"There is a growing interest in the role that design can play in catalysing, harnessing, spreading and scaling social innovation around the world. This is expressed in two key ways:

> by a growing number of professional designers and design disciplines applying their skills to addressing social issues; and

> by the adoption of design tools, techniques and methods by a growing number of other disciplines focused on developing social innovation.

Perhaps the most recognisable facet of this interest has been the rise of 'design thinking' not only in business, but increasingly in public service and policy fields. Fuelled by design agencies such as IDEO in the US, non–profit bodies such as the Design Council in the UK, and education institutions such as Stanford's '', design thinking has begun to be recognised as a key ingredient underpinning innovation (whether that be social innovation or not). Indeed, according to Sir George Cox, past chairman of the Design Council, design is what bridges creativity (the generation of new ideas) and innovation (the successful implementation of new ideas). In other words, design could be described as:

'the human power to conceive, plan, and realize products that serve human beings in the accomplishment of any individual or collective purpose' (Richard Buchanan, 2001)."

(Ingrid Burkett, Knowledge Connect)

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2012action learning • catalysing social innovation • change observercitizenshipcivil societyclients • collective purpose • community services • conceive ideas • constituents • consumersCourtney Drake • critical insight • critical literature • critical thinking • cross-sector • • deign approaches • design agenciesdesign approaches • design bridges creativity and innovation • Design Council (UK)design disciplinesdesign fielddesign innovationdesign methodsDesign Observer (magazine)design techniquesdesign thinkingdesign toolsdesignersdifferent perspectives • diversity of disciplines • education institutions • George Cox • harnessing social innovation • idea generationIDEO • individual purpose • Jacqueline Wechsler • Joanne Hutchinson • logframe • logframe analysis • long-term change • NESTAnew ideas • Open Book of Social Innovation • plan ideas • political reactionism • previous learning • professional designersprototypingpublic policy • public service • public services • real change • realise products • Richard Buchanan • scaling social innovation • School of Management • School of Visual Arts in New York • service implementation • serving human beings • significant change • social design • social ills • social innovation • Social Innovation Branch in DEEWR • social interventionsocial issuessocial policysocial sciencesocial sector • spreading social innovation • Stanford Universitystrategic planning • strategy and planning • successful implementation • the role that design • underpinning innovation • User-Centred Design (UCD)users • Vera Sacchetti • William DrenttelYale University • Young Foundation


Simon Perkins
14 JANUARY 2010

Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't

"Good doctors use both individual clinical expertise and the best available external evidence, and neither alone is enough. Without clinical expertise, practice risks becoming tyrannised by evidence, for even excellent external evidence may be inapplicable to or inappropriate for an individual patient. Without current best evidence, practice risks becoming rapidly out of date, to the detriment of patients."

(Sackett et al. 312 (7023): 71 –– BMJ)


action learningapplications • clinical expertise • conceptualisationcritical theorydiscoveryenquiryevidence • evidence-based medicine • experiencemethodologypracticeresearch


Robin Johnson
16 OCTOBER 2009

Why action research?

"Several well–known action researchers speak about why they choose to do action research."

(Bob Dick, Southern Cross University)

Jean M. Bartunek; Hilary Bradbury; L David Brown; Mary Brydon–Miller; Dawn Chandler and Bill Torbert; David Coghlan; Bob Dick; Olav Eikeland; Werner Fricke; Davydd Greenwood; Ian Hughes; Elizabeth Kasl and Lyle Yorks; James G Kelly et al; Patricia Maguire; Robin McTaggart; Peter Reason; Shankar Sankaran; John Shotter; Ernie Stringer; Marja Liisa Swantz.



action learning • Action Learning Action Research and Process Management Association • Action Learning Action Research Associationaction researchALARA • ALARPM • Bill Torbert • Bob Dickconceptualisation • David Coghlan • Davydd Greenwood • Dawn Chandler • discovery • Elizabeth Kasl • enquiry • Ernie Stringer • Hilary Bradbury • Ian Hughes • insight • James G Kelly • Jean M. Bartunek • John Shotter • L David Brown • Lyle Yorks • Marja Liisa Swantz • Mary Brydon-Miller • Olav Eikeland • Patricia Maguire • Peter Reason • research • Robin McTaggart • Shankar Sankaran • Southern Cross University • theory building • Victor J Friedman • Werner Fricke


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