Establishing social enterprises is a personal process. Social entrepreneurs often have a direct experience of the issues they are trying to solve. They identify with the project they are establishing and take personal risks to make it happen. They can feel isolated and need personal, as well as project support. This is rarely recognised in traditional training and organisational development, which focuses on imparting technical knowledge and skills.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia helps entrepreneurial individuals to combine personal and project growth with business skills development; and it is our experience that Action Learning is the most effective approach for individuals leading social change.
We have championed the use of Action Learning as part of our learning programs, to help social entrepreneurs and their organisations realise their full potential.
What is Action Learning?
The basic philosophy underpinning Action Learning is that the most effective learning takes place when we are faced with a real problem which we need to solve.
Action Learning occurs in a small, closed group, called an Action Learning Set. This group meets regularly to engage in a collaborative learning process through reflecting on real work issues, exploring possible solutions and planning for action.
“There can be no learning without action and no (sober and deliberate) action without learning. We have to learn how to ask ourselves totally different questions. That is what Action Learning is.“ – Reg Revans, Founder of Action Learning