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What is a Learning Exchange?

Brian —  August 21, 2013

You may have looked at the schedule for our September 28 Immersion Day and noticed the term ‘learning exchange‘ as part of the programming. So what is a learning exchange?

We believe that some of the best learning comes from side to side, and not just from the top down. Our culture does an excellent job of teaching concepts from books, but it doesn’t do quite as well at preparing for on the ground realities.

That’s why a learning exchange is not a lecture. It is organized much more as a conversation, a means for each participant to both learn from each other and to teach each other.

However, that doesn’t mean that teaching won’t be done.  We have a team of highly experienced experts in their fields. They will begin each learning exchange by introducing the topic and sharing some thoughts to provoke and stimulate conversation. From that point they’ll turn the conversation over to everyone, knowing that you have unique experiences and wisdom that is gleaned by being a new practitioner in the field of social entrepreneurship.

As the conversation progresses our expert will continue to help steer and guide it, offering feedback, insight, and  encouragement. By the end of the learning exchange we think we’ll all feel like we learned a lot…from each other. In turn, it’s up to you to take that back into the field and use it to change the world.