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Implementing the Declaration on Learning – A critical review


Implementing the Declaration on Learning Conference
Thursday 30 March 2000 - LVSC, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Following the interest last year in the launch of a 'Declaration on Learning', this one-day workshop reviews progress and most importantly, looks at the issues of implementing the ideas in the Declaration.

This workshop is designed in two parts:

- A review of the new Declaration on Learning: A Call to Action

Since its publication in October 1998, A Declaration on Learning has had wide national and international publicity, triggered many debates, and received a great deal of feedback. The Declaration was designed to stimulate discussion and to build awareness of the critical importance of learning and that is what it has done.

The Group has grown in size from eight to thirteen signatories (David Clutterbuck, Margaret Attwood, Tom Boydell, David Megginson and Robin Wood) and has undertaken a major review of the text, reflecting the Group's continuing learning. The new version of the Declaration will be presented and discussed at the Conference.

- Implementation of the Declaration:
How do I implement the Learning Declaration ideas and values in my organisation?

The major addition to the Declaration is a section on specific action to be taken by
(a) policymakers at national and local level,
(b) organisational leaders and
(c) those whose role is to facilitate and support learning in others.

Working in small groups with the Declaration signatories a major part of this workshop will be to explore both the issues and effective practice in encouraging and sustaining learning under these three headings.

Date: 30 March 2000

Speakers Biographies

John Burgoyne teaches at Lancaster Management School and the University of Calgary and is Visiting Professor at the London Business School. He has coauthored world famous publications such as: The Learning Company and A Manager’s Guide to Self Development.

Andrew Mayo was formerly Director of Human Resource at ICL Europe and has worked extensively in the chemical and high tech sectors. Now running his own consultancy, he works throughout Europe specialising in learning organisations, intellectual capital and International HRM.

Bob Garratt is a visiting Professor at the Imperial College, London and the Chairman of Organisation Development Ltd (Hong Kong) and Media Projects (London). His books include: The Learning Organisation, Developing Strategic Thought, The Fish Rots from the Head and Twelve Organisational Capabilities.

Michael Pearn has recently retired as a founding partner of Pearn Kandola Occupational Psychologists to devote more of his time to research and writing on the theme of individual and organisational learning. His published work includes Empowering Team Learning, Tools for a Learning Organisation and Ending the Blame Culture.

Peter Honey works as an author and management consultant. He 'invented' the Learning Styles Questionnaire and has written many manuals and books on the learning and development theme including '101 ways to develop your people, without really trying'. Recently he helped Fenman make their triology of videos on learning and has just published his own video pack 'Live & Learn'.

Margaret Attwood is a researcher and writer, specialising in individual and organisational learning. She is a Partner in Whole System Development, and Chair of New Possibilities NHS Trust. She is formerly Director of Organisational Development with Mid Essex Health Authority and Principal Lecturer in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, the then North East London Polytechnic.

Robin Wood is an Executive Consultant in Ernst & Young’s strategy consulting practice. His particular areas of expertise include technology, computing & communications, the financial sector and pharmaceuticals. His book, entitled: "Managing Complexity in Connected World is to be published shortly.

David Megginson is Research Leader at the Change Management Research Centre of Sheffield Business School, and Chair of the European Mentoring Centre. Among his recent books are Mentoring Executives and Directors, Human Resource Development (2nd Edition), Cultivating Self-Development and Mentoring in Action.


09.45 Arrival and registration.

10.00 Welcome and introduction by Michael Pearn.
Introduction to a Declaration on Learning and the revisions, followed by a plenary discussion.

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Taking Action
Breakout Groups facilitated by members of the group on:
- Policy-makers
- Organisational leaders
- Facilitators of learning

15.30 Tea

15.45 Feedback & Plenary Session

16.30 End.

Copies of the new Declaration on Learning: A Call to Action
will be available at the Workshop

About AMED - The Association for Management Education and Development

AMED is a network for professionals, managers, academics and consultants interested in organisations and people development. It is a vibrant and participative network from which innovative and cutting edge ideas are sparked and developed. Member's ideas and practical skills are continuously developed through the exchange of insights, ideas and best practice in the field of individual and organisation development. AMED members self organise to take responsibility and create their own Special Interest Groups, such areas as: Sustainable Development, Director Development, Transformational Mentoring, LETS, Co-Consulting and Knowledge Management. Benefits of membership include a quarterly journal, a monthly newsletter and an annual membership directory.
Membership details and further information about AMED is available from:
14-15 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PS
Tel: 0171 235 3505
Fax: 0171 235 3565
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