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The "what": social learning defined


Our definition:
Social learning approaches help facilitate knowledge sharing, joint learning and co-creation of experiences between particular stakeholders around a shared purpose, taking learning and behavioural change beyond the individual to networks and systems. Through a facilitated iterative process of working together--in interactive dialogue, exchange, learning, action and reflection and on-going partnership--new shared ways of knowing emerge that lead to changes in practice.

For help with other relevant terminology and acronyms, check out the CCSL Glossary and Acronym List.

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Distinguishing social learning from other approaches:
The CCSL initiative is currently working on mapping other relevant fields and approaches in relation to social learning, as well as developing a set of criteria or list of questions to ask that will help researchers and others to distinguish genuine social learning from other methodologies and results. We welcome your input to this list and are currently gathering feedback through our Yammer group. To request an invite to the group, please email Carl Jackson (carl.jackson [at] westhillknowledge.com), Pete Cranston (pete.euforic [at] gmail.com) or Ewen Le Borgne (e.leborgne [at] cgiar.org).

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The "why": social learning's potential and the CCSL initiative


To learn about social learning's potential in the context of climate change and food security, and to find out more about how the CCSL initiative plans to use social learning approaches to tackle these "wicked" problems, check out our:








The "who": others using social learning


The CCSL initiative is currently working on mapping relevant organizations and individuals working on social learning. We welcome your input to this list and are currently gathering feedback through our Yammer group. To request an invite to the group, please email Carl Jackson (carl.jackson [at] westhillknowledge.com), Pete Cranston (pete.euforic [at] gmail.com) or Ewen Le Borgne (e.leborgne [at] cgiar.org).