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Register for the ALARA 2014 Conference

  • Friday, 7th November 2014 at TBD
    Location: near Bungendore, north Canberra

    Register here

    Registrations are rolling in and we have settled the two Research…

AES Forum: Adaptive responses to complex problems - A discussion of developmental evaluation and other methodologies to use in the real world

  • Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 at 2:30pm - 5pm
    Location: Meeting Room 1, Level 17, 53 Albert Street (cnr Margaret Street), Brisbane, Australia

    Presenter: Professor Mark Moran
    Registration on line by: 18 September 2014 at…

Human inquiry for living systems: Seminar presentation by Yoland Wadsworth

  • Thursday, 21st August 2014 at 3pm - 5pm
    Location: SPS 136-137, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

    Further details are available at

    2014 Swinburne Leadership Institute - YW…

Global Centre for Work Applied Learning 2014 Conference

  • Monday, 10th November 2014 at 8:30am - 5pm Tuesday, 11th November
    Location: Hilton Adelaide, Adelaide South Australia

    The Global Centre of Work Applied Learning, supported by Middlesex University and ALARA Inc,…

ALARA Conference 2014 Update

Posted by Lynn, Thursday, 3rd July 2014 @ 12:12pm

  • 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. -

    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. -

    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.

    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 -

    More information is available about this innovative conference at

Earlybird Registration for ALARA Conference 2014

  • Tuesday, 24th June 2014 at TBD

    The Conference Call is out, and earlybird registrations are open. 


    • 1 person attended

Areol, the free online action research course

  • Wednesday, 16th July 2014 at TBD
    Location: Online course

    Dear colleagues
    Areol, action research and evaluation on line, is a…

SLaM workshop –Revealing Hidden Dynamics at Play - Inviting the System into the Conversation

  • Saturday, 30th August 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: 234 Miller St, Stanton Library (2nd Floor), North Sydney

    Wisdom arises from the ability to take a perspective and see all the dynamics at play in a…

Call for papers for the Action Learning Action Research Association's ALAR Journal Vol 21 Issue 1 April 2015

Posted by Lynn, Monday, 26th May 2014 @ 10:19pm

  • 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.

    Guidelines for Submission are below.  

    ALARA call for Vol 21 Issue 1 2015.doc

Call for papers for the Action Learning Action Research Association's ALAR Journal Vol 20 Issue 2 2014

Posted by Lynn, Monday, 26th May 2014 @ 10:11pm

  • 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.

    ALARA call for Vol 20 Issue 2 2014.doc

Unleashing the power of evaluation - International Evaluation Conference

  • Monday, 8th September 2014 (all day), Tuesday, 9th September 2014 (all day), Wednesday, 10th September 2014 (all day), Thursday, 11th September 2014 (all day), Friday, 12th September 2014 (all day)
    Location: Darwin, Australia

    Further information available at

IFAL Event - Conflict and Action Learning: Transforming judgement into empathic connection

  • Thursday, 5th June 2014 at 9:30am - 4pm
    Location: Central Manchester, UK

    The International Federation of Action Learning is delighted to announce details of the…

ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2014

  • Sunday, 7th December 2014 (all day), Monday, 8th December 2014 (all day), Tuesday, 9th December 2014 (all day), Wednesday, 10th December 2014 (all day)
    Location: University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    For details see

Release of the lastest issue of ALARj Vol 20 No 1

Posted by Lynn, Thursday, 8th May 2014 @ 11:38am

  • ALARj has just published its latest issue (Volume 20.1) at

    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.

    Kind regards
    Dr Susan Jane Goff
    Action Learning Action Research Association
    Phone +61(0)409139634
    Dr Susan Goff
    Managing Editor

ALARA Conversation with Anita Cochrane - Using action research methodologies to develop a more effective approach to weight management

  • Thursday, 10th July 2014 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, 45 Clarence St, Coorparoo Qld 4151, Australia, Street Parking is available. Close to Coorparoo train station.

    ALAR Flyer Cochrane. July 2014.doc

ALARA Conversation with Margaret Fletcher, Judith Kearney and Ortrun Zuber-Skerrit - Professional Learning through Critical Reflection

  • Thursday, 5th June 2014 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Moreno Collegium, 45 Clarence St Coorparoo 4151, Australia Street Parking is available. Close to Coorparoo train station.

    ALAR.Flyer May 2014v2.doc

Beyond Cert IV Training and Assessment

  • Monday, 16th June 2014 (all day), Tuesday, 17th June 2014 (all day), Wednesday, 18th June 2014 (all day)
    Location: Riverglenn, 70 Kate St, Indooroopilly,Qld, Australia

    Jeff Dutton, David Jago and Bob Dick are offering a 3-day workshop "Beyond Cert IV TAE" in…

Honorary Doctorate for ALARA Member

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.

2014 ALARA Australasian Conference - co-hosted by Culture Shift

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. 

2014 ALARA Australasian Conference - Event 2 Responding to Structural Change and Action Research and Action Learning

  • Monday, 10th November 2014 at 5pm, Tuesday, 11th November 2014 at TBD, Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at TBD
    Location: Silver Wattle on the shores of Lake George, ACT, Australia

    Please see our announcement for further information


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