Modelling the Structure of Experience It may not seem quite seemly for me to be writing of a book I have co-authored. But, who else would do it?  No-one else has read it. Not that the topic is immediately relevant to Self Managed Learning, even. However, and I hope you will notice this, it is very relevant to the topic of organisational learning. The term ‘modelling’ (in its UK spelling) has a number of meanings. We are using it in the sense it is used within NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), quite different from when it is applied to architectural macquettes, computer templates for...

One of the greatest myths in management is the generalisation that people resist change. In fact people love change. ...

The Repertory Grid Method - a structured way to help you identify how you see the world. ...

Self managing through the ages - how our ancestors may have got it more right than us. A review of a CSML workshop...

The Centre for Self Managed Learning has always operated in a non-profit charitable mode. However it has not, until now, felt the need to register as an official charity. With the growth of the Centre’s work with young people (via the South Downs Learning Centre) has come the need to raise funds and so registering as a charity became important. On July 5 2005 the Centre received confirmation that its application for charitable status had been approved. The Board of the Centre have become official trustees of the charity and they are committed to continuing the work of the Centre in its...

When it comes to the implementation of Organisational Learning interventions, it is true to say that not every Company will consider SML as an option....

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a growing area of interest. If we interpret the term ‘professional’ quite loosely, then we can include not just the traditional regulated professions such as medicine and law under this heading but also include management and similar fields of work. ...

Introduction We are living in a time of transition and the old view, that after schooling or vocational training the development of ability is due to ‘experience', remains a significant influence on how people often think of learning. Basically, that view does not recognize learning. The assumption is that ability is gained, through experience, by a sort of osmosis. Today, what is gained from experience is seen as being gained through a process of learning. That focus on learning enables us to consider the variety of ways in which learning may be approached, and to make our choices among them. The...

Ilya Prigogine reached further into the world than the restricted reach of the lecture halls and laboratories of chemistry departments....

'Developing human and social capital in organisations' in the journal 'Industrial and Commercial Training'....

In a previous newsletter I mentioned that Ian Cunningham, Ben Bennett and I are producing a Handbook of Work-Based Learning for Gower. We see this as a useful resource for those working with SML. It is yet another thing we can put in the hands of people who come on SML programmes to help them develop the attributes of an active learner, in the process of aiding the pursuit of their goals. [member] Introductory chapters will set the scene, in terms of work-based learning in general, its relevance to senior managers and to development specialists prior to sections which will cover individual...

The Centre is continuing its connection to the Centre for Educational Innovation at Sussex University. ...

Drawing on his experience of changing jobs, CSML Board member, Rob Shorrick, reflects on what he has learnt from the process, and how he has learnt to approach it....

The same team of Ian Cunningham, Ben Bennett and Graham Dawes that brought you (or maybe not you, specifically, if you didn’t buy one) the 'Exercises for Developing Coaching Capability' (Institute of Personnel and Development Publications, London. Published in USA as ‘The Coaching Skill-Builder Activity Pack’ by the American Management Association, New York) are at work on the ‘Handbook of Work-Based Learning’ for Gower. The phrase ‘work-based learning’ has become the overarching term for all manner of approaches which, as it says on the can, are based on learning in the work context. All the methods pre-dated the existence of...

As regular readers of the newsletter will know, a number of CSML Board members are actively involved in the attempt to introduce SML modes of learning into the educational system. The following is one expression of this long-term strategy....

Self Managed Learning has proved itself to me as a very powerful approach in the development of leaders, managers and employees. It is also an approach that demonstrably adds value. Having now been a participant in SML and a learning group adviser for 6 groups, I wanted to carry out a 'health check' on one of my first learning groups. My purpose was to establish whether the experience for my group was still adding value to their professional lives. [member] I started advising my first learning group in January 1993. I had experience of being in a learning group through my Masters...

Edited by Ben Bennett, Ian Cunningham, Graham Dawes: (2000 – Gower, Aldershot - ISBN 0-566-08214-4) Members of the Centre’s Network will already know a lot about Self Managed Learning. However, you will be surprised how much this book will add to your knowledge. The book is divided into four sections: Setting the scene Putting it into practice Making Self Managed Learning work Conclusions It contains some very interesting case studies from companies that have actually used the process, including extensive quotes from actual participants, which gives an excellent flavour and cross section of views. It is easy to read, although well grounded in research and covers...

With Professor John Stephenson Report on the Seminar Linked with the 'International Centre for Learner Managed Learning' Held on 11th January 2000 Twelve Centre members and guests spent a fascinating afternoon hosted by University of North London Business School in January. Through dialogue with Professor John Stephenson, we learnt about linking learners, universities and organisations. Professor Stephenson has had a long association with learner centred approaches to learning and has set up the International Centre for Learner Managed Learning at Middlesex University. He posed a couple of questions at the start of the session - How can we prepare ourselves for a world that...

The inquiry team established by the Centre has produced its first report on Summerhill School. The team of eight, chaired by Ian Cunningham included the following; Stuart Ainsworth, Co-Director, Equality and Discrimination Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde; Dr Harry Gray, Chairman of MES Ltd and Visiting Professor, University of Salford; Derry Hannam, Education Consultant and Council of Europe Expert Adviser in Education for Democratic Citizenship; Dr Peter Honey, Chartered Psychologist and publisher; Jill Horsburgh, Head, The Godolphin School, Salisbury; Colin Reid, Head, St Christopher School, Letchworth; and Dr Michael Rosen, writer for children and broadcaster. The following is a report...

with Professor John G. Burgoyne Fifteen CSML network members and invited guests from as far away as Finland enjoyed a participative afternoon with John Burgoyne, as guests of NOP in Blackfriars. John is Professor of Management Learning and Head of the Department of Learning at Lancaster University Management School, a visiting Professor at other universities and business schools, as well as working with several large national and multi national organisations. He was a founder member of 'The Learning Company' project with Mike Pedler and Tom Boydell. John explained the basic ideas behind the Learning Company concept, defining such a company as "An organisation...

Summerhill School appealing against the threat of closure....

Think about it. It just popped into my head one day, but I thought about it. Mmmh, yup, it is, too. You’ve probably heard of the Rorschach ink-blot test; and you could bet there would be a Mr Rorschach behind it somewhere. Herr Rorschach, actually. Hermann Rorschach, a Swiss psychiatrist working in the early part of the century. He came up with the idea of presenting a set of random ink-blot patterns to people whose mental status was questionable. It’s a bit bizarre when you think about it. Imagine this. Someone is pulled off the street because their brain is batting about...

A wide range of organisations have started to latch onto the idea of strategic learning. Much of this interest has come from the public sector. ...

Jeremy Webster, HR Director for Cable and Wireless in the Caribbean and Latin America, has written an article on the use of SML in his company. (The article has been published in Croner's HRM Professionals Briefing, Issue 6.) It explains how the company picked up on SML in 1992 and has been developing its use since then. He describes how the work evolved as follows:...

This was the first of the CSML Network seminars. It took place on the 29th March, hosted by Coulter Electronics (though, in the end, 'Our Man at Coulter', Robin How was unable to attend!). The impetus for it was my sense of lacking a historical perspective on management development. My interests have tended toward the more innovative approaches (despite its venerable age, SML compared to most management development practice is still considered startlingly new by many) and I wanted to situate them more fully among the other activities and theories that have had their place within the field. Essentially, this was...

Would it help me follow developments in SML if I was on the Internet? A question I have been asked by a number of CSML Network members - a few basics terms first: What is the Internet? A co-operative collection of computer networks belonging to academia and business. Who controls it? No-one. It functions entirely by consensus. It changes by any of its users suggesting different ways of...

Some of you may already know that we have a long standing link in the USA with Roger Harrison, including the book that Graham Dawes is editing with Roger. A new link was agreed in March when Linda Honold of Empowerment Systems (of Wisconsin) visited Britain. Linda pioneered radical developments in 'self managed working' when she was at Johnsonville Foods. This company has been described...

In March, our Hungarian partner Magda Csath launched a radical new development programme for the Raba Company. The company is a 99 year-old business making trucks, motors, axles and other vehicle components. It is having to deal with the privatisation policies in Hungary as well as a highly competitive, global market within which it has to operate. This led the company to identify the need...

At the last meeting of the group that has been involved in forming the Centre's Network, we experimented with using an approach to 'dialogue' in order to further our understanding of 'self managing'. I have now developed this a bit under the label of 'Purposive Structured Dialogue' - not just to have a fancy label, but because I want to develop something different from the Bohm/Senge model of dialogue that is becoming popular. (Anyone wanting more information on the Bohm/Senge approach can get some ideas from Senge's 'The Fifth Discipline'). [member] Part of the interest in 'dialogue' has come from former set...

Self Managed Learning has very much come of age. It is no longer the strange experiment it was perceived to be back in 1979 when the first SML programmes were launched....