The conference is an experiential inquiry into methodologies for participatory development of policy and programs, with the outcomes of self determination by people in a sector, and functional reform of relationships and ways of doing business in a sector - environment, health, education, indigenous matters, justice, and so on.
Case studies already in include: a) a purpose-built public-private collaboration between the government and various international energy and engineering companies for knowledge sharing on future energy technologies for the UK; b) introduction of an entrepreneurial approach to assessment in the educational workplace (a university) in Australia, using a three cycle participatory action learning action research process; c) design of new learning programmes through student participation in design of their own learning tools in secondary schooling in Singapore.
Day 1 will be Open Space conversations; Day 2 will design and test AR and AL methodologies. in a scenario, with an Action Research (AR) Design Team of experienced AR practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific region, developing an AR/AL design and co-facilitate its implementation with participants, through three cycles of design and action.
Design Team members of each event are:
Event 1: Self determination
Mark Spain, Anglo Australian. Board member, Way of Nature, Senior Partner and Facilitator, Global Learning. Design, development and delivery of learning programs at the strategic and operational levels of organisations. - www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-spain/3/94b/8a2
Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, a Murri woman from SE Queensland. Bronwyn is Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University. She is a member of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and CAM. - www.cqu.edu.au/engage/office-of-indigenous-engagement
Riripeti Reedy, Director, Maitai Group, currently working in Office of Prime Minister, New Zealand, on women's business development strategies. Riripeti is an Action Research practitioner working with Maori and Pacific Islander interests in further education. She has contributed over many years to a national strategy to introduce Maori language across NZ's preschools.
Event 2: Functional reform
Bob Dick, Anglo Australian. ALARA member and long-time action researcher. An independent scholar, educator, facilitator, coach, and change consultant. Avidly interested in consultancy and facilitation work that's stimulating, worthwhile, and helps to make the world a better place.www.aral.com.au/bdcons.html
Dr Shawn Wilson, Leader and sub-Dean Rural Health, Sydney University, a Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada with doctorate in Social Sciences / Indigenous Studies. Shawn's expertise is in research methodology and epistemologies, particularly in ways of knowing and conducting research used by Indigenous peoples. He has applied these within the contexts of Indigenous education, counseling and counselor education, Indigenous mental health and general Indigenous studies through comparison between Indigenous peoples internationally.
Celia Hodson, UK Anglo, CEO of the School of Social Entrepreneurship. Strong Action Learning experience around sustaining systemic transformation level - www.linkedin.com/in/celiahodson
The first issue of ALARj for 2015 will be a Special Issue produced in partnership with the Action Research SIG (Special Integration Group) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS).isss . org/world/index . php
The International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is among the first and oldest organizations devoted to interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems, and remains perhaps the most broadly inclusive. The Society was initially conceived in 1954 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, and Anatol Rapoport. In collaboration with James Grier Miller, it was formally established as an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1956. Originally founded as the Society for General Systems Research, the society adopted its current name in 1988 to reflect its broadening scope.
The ISSS is holding its 58th Meeting at George Washington University, Washington DC, July 27 to August 1, this year. The conference session that is devoted to Action Research which is calling for papers that:
Contribute to theory as well as application of action research in communities, organisations and society.
While the journal invites contributions from the Conference, this Call is for all contributors to our journal who have an interest in Systemic Approaches to Action Research and Action Learning. In acknowledgement of the very special opportunity for field development that this partnership Issue presents we invite you to broaden the conventions of Action Research and Action Learning in consideration of ISSS President Professor Gerald Midgley’s (2000) comment:
I want to begin to look at if and how systemic intervention can be used to promote multi-layered participative democracy, challenging social exclusion (or marginalisation, whichever term is preferred), and provide a basis for moving towards more ecologically sustainable forms of development… let us see what we can achieve by working together (p.400)
This special issue will be edited by our Guest Editors, Professor Debora Hammond from Sonoma University: (www . sonoma . edu/hutchins/faculty/debora-hammond . html) and Professor Shankar Sankaran of the University of Technology Sydney who is the Chair of the Action Research SIG at ISSS.
The Action Learning Action Research Association invites you to submit a paper with a view to publication in our up-and-coming second issue for 2014. This issue is a broad focus of the use and development of action research and action learning methodologies in any discipline, culture or field.
More information about the journal and how to make a submission are attached.
This issue is a Special Issue and focusses on the use of creative and
expressive arts in Action Research and Action Learning. We have five
outstanding contributions from Aboriginal and non-indigenous Australia as
well as from the USA. Additionally we are proud to let you know our very
special Guest Editor, Virginia Kaufman Hall has written a comprehensive and
informative overview for the issue.
The issue includes our first notice for our Australasian conference this
year, in November.
We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web
site to review articles and items of interest.
Our next call for the journal will be a systems focussed issue; the call
will go out May 30th, with a submission date of August 29th due for
publication in October this year.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work, and we look forward to
hearing from you.
Dr Susan Jane Goff
Action Learning Action Research Association
Phone +61(0)409139634 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Susan Goff
Posted by Robyn Lynn, Thursday, 24th April 2014 @ 11:52am
ALARA congratulates Prof. Lesley Wood, after the Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, conferred her with an Honorary Doctorate for her work in action research in Africa, specifically addressing HIV and AIDS in education. Moravian College is the sixth oldest college, tracing back to 1742, and the first college to educate women in America. Prof Wood is in the School of Education Studies and the leader for Community-based Educational Research (COMBER) in the Faculty.
Prof. Wood has gained international recognition for her work in promoting action research as a means of professional development and for community engagement, and has been awarded numerous grants for her research over the years. She is the outgoing Chair of the Education Association of South Africa and representative to the World Education Research Association, an executive committee member of the newly formed South African Education Research Association, co-Editor-in-Chief of Educational Research for Social Change, and on the editorial committee of the South African Journal of Education. Her expertise in HIV and AIDS in education is recognised by the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Department of Basic Education, with whom she has worked on three separate research projects concerning HIV and AIDS in the curriculum.
Posted by Robyn Lynn, Friday, 11th April 2014 @ 3:10pm
ALARA and CultureShift Pty Ltd are delighted to announce our partnership for delivering the 2014 ALARA Australasian conference. Our working partnership goes back over many years of ALARA's history and it seems very fitting that we are working formally together for this wonderful event.
This year's Australasian conference will be delivering a different kind of event: one that grows on the participatory traditions of ALARA with a focus on the catalytic powers of our communities of practice.
Please see our announcement for conference information. Watch this space.