About Us

Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (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.

ALARA's vision is that Action Learning and Action Research 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.

ALARA 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. ALARA 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 ALARA 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!

ALARA 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.

ALARA 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.