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Call for Papers Action Research at ISSS2018

The 2018 Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences will be held July 22 – 27, 2018 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon USA, on the theme:
“Innovation and Optimization in Nature and Design”
The Action Research SIG invites ISSS members to submit papers for presentation at the conference associated with The 62nd Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Posted on Monday, 29 January, 2018 - 12:25

20% Member discount on book - Conferences as Sites of Learning and Development: Using participatory action learning and action research approaches

Grounded in the methodologies of participatory action learning and action research, and drawing on the established concepts of the Learning Societyand theLearning Organisation, this book outlines and expands upon the concept of the Learning Conference.

Posted on Wednesday, 22 November, 2017 - 15:57

CARN 2017 Conference

CARN has had a hugely successful conference in Crete where their hosts provided all participants the most wonderful hospitality.

Keynotes were by Andy Townsend, Sofia Avgitidou and Michael Wright - all inspirational in entirely different ways. Members of Regional CARN groups - Greek, Portuguese-speaking, Norwegian, German-speaking and Dutch - colleagues joined the event sharing details of their activities - including a conference in December 2017 in Brazil to be hosted by the Portuguese-speaking group.

Posted on Thursday, 9 November, 2017 - 15:35

40% discount for ALARA members on new book Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Action Research and Action Learning

Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Action Research and Action Learning is an advanced reference source including the latest scholarly research on the examination of the development of a community practice of research in order to improve problem solving in various field.

Posted on Thursday, 9 November, 2017 - 15:15

Call for papers to EURAM 2018 Making a Difference: Action Research and Engaged Scholarship in projects and innovations

A special track is being organized by proponents from the Project Organising SIG (supported by members of the Innovation SIG) inviting papers being held at the University of Iceland from 20-23rd June.  Papers are due by January 10, 2018. We invite you to consider submitting papers to this track.

Posted on Monday, 2 October, 2017 - 15:12



Free email base action research course sponsored by ALARA

When: Mon, 03/07/2017 to Mon, 30/10/2017
Where: Web based program

Areol, Action research and evaluation on line, is a 14-session course conducted by email.  It was formerly a for-credit postgraduate course at Southern Cross University.  Now, without its examination component, it is open to all.
Areol is offered twice a year.  The next 2017 program will run from early July to late October.  You can examine an earlier and partial version of the course on the web at

Posted on Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 - 17:40

ALARA Conversation with Laura Graham - Building High Performing Teams

When: Thu, 25/05/2017
Where: 2/27 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills, Qld, Australia

Laura and the team at Pockets of Brilliance work with organisations to build effective, high performing teams. Having recently been introduced to the Action Learning and Action Research world Laura has begun incorporating some of the principles into her team coaching sessions.

Posted on Monday, 15 May, 2017 - 19:59

ARNA 2017 Conference 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy

When: Mon, 12/06/2017 to Fri, 16/06/2017
Where: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

This 5-day gathering will take place in historic Cartagena, Colombia from 12-16 June, 2017.  The theme will be Participation and Democratization of Knowledge: New Convergences for Reconciliation. Preliminary events and activities in various part of the world will take place beginning in December 2016. Early Bird registration closes on 15 April 2017.  For more information and registration visit

Posted on Tuesday, 28 March, 2017 - 11:33

Brisbane ALARA Conversation - A conversation with Bob Dick

When: Thu, 06/04/2017
Where: 2/27 Jordan Terrace, Bowen Hills, Qld, Australia

Building relationships, crafting agreement from disagreement

Though it was a hard lesson, Bob eventually learned that relationships are important. When they are sound, everything else is easier. For an educator, a facilitator, coach or change consultant, developing and maintaining good relationships provides a sound foundation for effective work.

In this conversation we’ll examine processes for building relationships and, as necessary, managing disagreement.

Posted on Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 18:01