Action Learning, Acton Research Association Inc (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 a branch or network to "start up" or 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 already-existing, or those newly emerging. We are explicitly not empire-building colonisers!
For example ALARA - along with a long-established local association (the Melbourne-based Action Research Issues Association - ARIA) and in collaboration with members of the local branch of the Australasian Evaluation Society - established the Victorian SPIRAL state-wide network in 2002 following a major consultation culminating in a Research-in-Action symposium. SPIRAL's name - Systemic Participatory Inquiry Research Action Learning - like ALARA's name, reflects the diversity of approaches within the new paradigm that is a hallmark of the ALARA style - or of the kind of style to which ALARA gives whatever support it can offer.
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.
The following pages provide information about ALARA and its operations.