Engaging Adult Learners

As an adult learner, what do you expect when you attend a professional development program?  See if you agree with my list: Participants actively participate The facilitator is aware of the level of engagement of participants and adjusts the delivery accordingly The facilitator does not do most of the talking, and pauses to allow others... Continue Reading →

Public Engagement Best Practices

How do you improve public engagement in your town so that the community has a voice in town policies and development plans?  You hold a drop-in session to consult with them on their current needs! It was great fun facilitating a drop-in session last night with town leaders to support their public engagement activities.  Two... Continue Reading →

Managing Polarities for Sustainability

Photo credit:  Polarity Management, Barry Johnson I was delighted to present a workshop on Polarity Management to the New England Alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Polarities are “interdependent pairs that need each other to achieve a higher purpose or outcome that neither can reach alone.”  (Barry Johnson)  For example,  activity and rest;  balancing... Continue Reading →

Best Practices in Developing a Learning Community

Colleagues often ask me:  How do you develop a dynamic learning cluster or community of practice with engaged members who are generous in sharing their knowledge and expertise?  These practices comes from my 15+ years’ experience creating a world-class professional learning network and several communities of practices (COP) for directors, coaches and facilitators.  Successful COPs deliver... Continue Reading →

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