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About Us

Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALAR Association, also known as ALARA) is a global network of programs, institutions, professionals, and people interested in using Action Learning and Action Research to generate collaborative learning, training, research and action to advance social change and to transform workplaces, schools, colleges, universities, communities, voluntary organisations, governments and businesses.

ALAR Association's vision is to create a more equitable, just, joyful, productive, peaceful and sustainable society by creating local and global change through the wide use of Action Learning and Action Research by individuals, groups and organisations.

ALAR Association aims to facilitate networking amongst members and others in projects, research, teaching or learning about Action Learning, Action Research and process management and related approaches. ALAR Association can support the commencement of a branch or network, or the delivery of events and activities with seed funds (repayable once up and running). Members are encouraged to work as network hubs generating interaction among members with a particular interest or in a specific geographical area. They may or may not be called ALAR Association branches, as our focus is on supporting or linking with authentically local networks or organisations, either ones that already exist or those newly emerging. We are explicitly not empire-building colonisers!

ALAR Association also actively connects with the international Participatory Action Research (PAR) community, promoting collaboration across international borders, especially in the form of our joint world congresses since 1997.

ALAR Association is also undertaking a number of projects and research to increase the use and impact of Action Learning and Action Research - see our Projects page for more information.