The Tuning Fork
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The Tuning Fork

Transformative Learning is all about Practice & Connection

The making of an amazing online course

Nati playing with post-it notes on the floor

Approach

In an earlier post I explained the pedagogical approach we were using for our face-to-face workshops in 2017, based on the neuroscience of learning explained in Sharon Bowman’s excellent book Training From the Back of the Room.

  • engage with new concepts in small memorable chunks
  • connect with other learners
  • and practice new skills and behaviours
  • You join a 20–30 person cohort supported by 2 facilitators (me and Nati). This intimate size means people can really open up and get to know each other. One of the most rewarding parts of our work is watching meaningful relationships and new collaborations form between course participants.
  • The cohort meets for 90 minutes per week for 6 weeks. We use these calls primarily for embodied practices, an opportunity to experience participatory group processes first-hand. This is about integrating the concepts and turning them into concrete skills & behaviours.
  • Optionally, you can also join a learning pod of 3–5 people, who meet for another hour each week. This is an extra opportunity to experience more group practices and get deeper feedback on your specific challenges.
  • Deeper detailed questions & answers happen in a written forum, so we have all the time in the world to answer every conceivable question. This is also a space where participants can coordinate and connect with each other outside of the live calls.
photo of Prem Krishnamurti

Content

So that explains “how” we do what we do — please let me know if you’ve got suggestions for improving our pedagogical approach. If you are curious about “what” we teach, I’ll explain that next:

  • Rhythms & Priorities: stay aligned on priorities and distribute tasks between team members
  • Conflict & Feedback: develop interpersonal skills to be more confident to hold difficult conversations
  • Mutual Care & Growth: create a psychologically safe culture where everyone feels cared for
  • Continuous Improvement: get the habit of consistent & intentional learning in individuals and teams
  • Power Dynamics: understand how to navigate the complex status dynamics that emerge in all groups
  • Peer-coaching processes to help each other get unstuck on challenges
  • Unpacking the deeper stories we attach to money
  • Specific methods for cultivating psychological safety in teams
  • How to treat our differences as a resource, rather than a source of conflict

Our background

We’ve been working in self-managing organisations for over a decade, so all our lessons come from direct personal experience of the challenges of working without a command-and-control management hierarchy. Our journey started in activist groups, then we went on to establish the tech co-op Loomio and co-lead the social enterprise network Enspiral.

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