ALARA is a network of people interested in using action research and action learning to generate collaborative learning, research and action to transform workplaces, schools, colleges, universities, communities, voluntary organisations, governments and businesses.
ALARA's vision is that action research and action learning will be widely used and publicly shared by individuals and groups creating local and global change for the achievement of a more equitable, just, joyful, productive, peaceful and sustainable society. Click on the About Us tab above to find out more.
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GCWAL and ALARA present Learning for Change and Innovation World Congress
The Global Centre for Work Applied Learning and ALARA are co-hosting the Learning for Change and Innovation World Congress on 7-9 November 2016 in Adelaide, South Australia.
The Call for Proposals / Papers is now open. We have a summary of the Congress information on this website, but you will find full details on the Congress website.
ALARA 2015 World Congress
What a great World Congress!!
Almost 200 delegates from 26 countries attended the ALARA 9th Action Learning, Action Research and 13th Participatory Action Research World Congress, held in conjunction with North West University and National Research Foundation, in Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa on 4 - 7 November 2015. A large thank you to Lesley Wood and her great team from North-West University for organising this fantastic event!
The World Congress commenced with a welcome by Prof. Robert Balfour, Dean, Faculty of Education Sciences, North-West University, followed by an excellent plenary panel, chaired by Ortrun Zuber-Skerrit, discussing Developing a Learning Conference Culture. Delegates heard from Keynote speakers Richard Teare from GULL and Danny Burns from IDS, and attended many of the nearly one hundred and twenty sessions over the 2 1/2 days of the World Congress.
The Education Sciences Faculty of North-West University have included several items about the World Congress in their quarterly newsletter. Note the reference on page 5 from Prof Balfour, and the description on pages 10 and 11, with a heart-felt comment on page 12 by one of the undergraduate students who attended and assisted during the event. Thanks again to those from NWU!
Copies of selected presentations are now available on the World Congress page, including Prof Balfour's speech and Richard Teare and Danny Burn's slide presentations.
We are always pleased to read others' views about their experience at World Congress, and especially pleased to see Cathy Sharp's comments in her blog: “…as just the tonic I needed, a real chance to stop and think and connect with other people. On the journey home, my head was buzzing with all the inspiring people I’d met, the amazing conversations I’d had and thoughts of how it might support my work back in Scotland. I felt challenged - in a good way.”
Another feature of the World Congress was the Festschrift (a celebratory publication) to honour Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt, given to all delegates at the World Congress Gala Dinner.
ALARA has a small number of copies of this publication available for sale. Please see the information about this book to make a purchase.
ALARA thanks the sponsors of the World Congress - Bright Media, Global Centre for Work Applied Learning (first night dinner), Juta and Company, National Research Foundation, North-West University and Van Schaik Book Store.
It was my love of numbers and the clinical purity of maths that attracted me to electrical engineering. I majored in process control completing a thesis on automated control of intravenous anaesthesia. How I then ended up in the coal industry for twenty five plus years is a mystery that will forever remain unsolved.
Not surprisingly I was attracted to, and took part in, the various quantitative improvement methodologies that came through; TQM, SPC, re-engineering, six sigma, Lean to name but a few. More and more, or so it seemed to me, these systems began to focus on the qualitative aspects of change and the desperate need for employee engagement. A company program run by Geof Hill et al involved, amongst other things, action learning activities and I found myself turning to the dark side; qualitative work.
Since 2009 I have operated as an independent consultant working in the business improvement and organisational systems development space returning, ever more frequently now, to organisational systems theory and the action learning principles. I hope to engage with other like-minded professionals in ALARA, share practices and develop processes and skills. I am fortunate enough to be married to Dianne and have two awesome sons Harry and Jordy.