#LearningPlanet Circles
Connecting like-minded communities with shared causes

What is a #LearningPlanet Circle?

A #LearningPlanet Circle brings together organisations/communities committed to the same thematic and/or regional priorities. #LearningPlanet Circles are designed as dedicated spaces to advance the dialogue among a diverse set of stakeholders (institutions, educators, social entrepreneurs, committed citizens and youth…) and to create and/or support impactful projects. Discover a selection of collaborative opportunities!

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Why engage in #LearningPlanet Circles?

  • Connect with organisations sharing the same focuses and ambitions
  • Share and promote the Circle participants’ current work
  • Provide learning and feedback opportunities for the Circle’s participants to enhance their existing initiatives
  • Inspire by sharing and accessing new ideas and best practices, potentially leading to new ways of working and new projects
  • Advance, deepen, refine the dialogue and action on the Circle’s designated topic
  • Support each other in the process, and contribute to individual and collective impact

The Learning for Sustainability Circle, co-hosted by the Club of Rome

In the face of the magnitude, scale and extreme complexity of sustainability challenges, we are all learners in need of addressing new questions and co-creating new responses, in endless iterative processes. This requires new attitudes, skills and knowledge to take leaps in sense-making, and the practice of collaborative problem solving in infinite pathways towards human wellbeing within a healthy biosphere. Surpassing disciplines, the Learning for Sustainability Circle explores how learning processes and all types of education need to evolve by questioning what learners need to be, to understand, to know and to do.

The Circle notably currently focuses on Learning for Sustainability in Africa, addressing African challenges from African contexts and cultures, aspiring to learn from African wisdom (Ubuntu, Ukama, Omenala, Iwa, Suban, Bumuntu and other concepts and practices), and creating the conditions for the emergence of new processes of inquiry and learning in Africa.

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The Circle brings together leading players (institutions, practitioners, scientists, artists, activists and youth) willing to create radical collaboration schemes and projects (e.g. summer schools, learning modules, campaigns, calls for projects, etc.). The strategy of the Circle addresses three intertwined dimensions: (1) the identification and support of individuals and organizations at the leading edge of innovative approaches and pedagogies of collective learning and design for sustainability, (2) the build-up of relevant learning cases in specific contexts to give birth to human wellbeing within the biosphere, in a diversity of community-led pathways, and (3) the transformation of mainstream educational institutions towards a new role of facilitators of learning for sustainability.

The spirit of the Circle is to build up a transformational shift by giving space to the capacities of everyone to learn and act and by partnering with the explorers of uncharted territories, where learning new ways of becoming human can happen.

The Youth Empowerment Circle

#LearningPlanet, CAP-2030, and Catalyst 2030 launched the Youth Empowerment Circle (YEC) in May 2021, with the shared goal of supporting inspirational youth changemakers and initiatives.

Soon after, the Francophone Youth Empowerment Circle was created, in partnership with Ashoka France, CAP-2030 and La Ville de Paris.

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The Circle connects organisations sharing the same focuses and ambitions and gives its members a space to share and promote their current work, initiatives, actions towards principal causes, and today's most pressing issues affecting young people. Furthermore, it provides learning and feedback opportunities for its members and inspires them by sharing and accessing new ideas and best practices, potentially leading to new ways of working and new projects to support youth.

Transitions across Education Circle

#LearningPlanet creates spaces for our community to share their ideas for facilitating transitions across education, in order to tackle the diverse challenges of our time.

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We are exploring:

  1. Transitions in K-12: Hearing from educators from around the world who have founded collaborative initiatives that are delivering change both in their classroom and in their wider communities.

  2. Transitions in Higher Education: Charting possible avenues for collaboration between higher education institutions, to collectively shape a vision of higher education for the 21st century.

  3. Transitions in Learning Ecosystems: Building on existing understandings of highly developed learning ecosystem initiatives to focus on forming an understanding of emerging learning ecosystems

We value:

  1. Facilitating Learning for Impact

  2. Sharing creative solutions to facilitate learning for impact outside of traditional educational spaces (e.g. SDG schools, Hackathons, online toolkits)

  3. Learning through research: Viewing learning spaces as “living research laboratory contributing to teaching and learning sciences” (Ignacio Atal, long-term fellow at CRI), notably through the Teachers as Researchers and Savanturiers programmes.

Community of Facilitators Circle

The #LearningPlanet Community of Facilitators is a collection of educational professionals dedicated to sharing the best tools, methodologies and practices for facilitating learning experiences to meet global challenges. Each member comes with a 'How might I facilitate...?' question to tackle.

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We are hosting a monthly community of practice for educational change makers to come together and:

  • Exchange resources on challenge-based facilitation
  • Share project goals & challenges: every week, one participant presents their project, and a 'how might we facilitate...' question connected to their challenge, which we solve as a group.
  • Engage with fellow Challenge Facilitators from Research, Learning Design, School teaching, Entrepreneurship and more.

We consider this to incorporate any educational actors creating or providing learning experiences for addressing personal, local, or global challenges.