Global Association of Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) Communities (GASC)

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The Global Association of Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) Communities (GASC or Global SoL), formerly the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) or the Society for Organizational Learning Global Network (SoL Global) and the Center for Organizational Learning at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or the MIT Organizational Learning Network 1), offers the following Knowledge Management education and training opportunities:

Conferences

(Global and regional conferences organized by a SoL local chapter; for local and country specific conferences see the chapter pages)

  • Global Association of SOL Communities European Conference (GASC European Conference)* 2)
  • SoL Global Forum** 3)
    The Society for Organizational Learning Global Forum (SoL Global Forum) is an international forum that builds upon “learning stories” from across the world to feature concrete, new ways of working and collaborating based on co-creation and co-transformation. It is the meeting point of learning organizations in all sectors of society.

    • 1st SoL Global Forum, June 11-14, 2003, Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli, Espoo, Finland
      Conference Theme: Learning in Organisations – Inventing Desired Futures in a Global Society
    • 2nd SoL Global Forum, September 13-16, 2005, Vienna, Austria
      Conference Theme: A Symphony of Innovation: Leveraging Complexity to Create Knowledge and Confidence
    • 3rd SoL Global Forum, April 13-16, 2008, Muscat, Oman
      Conference Theme: Bridging the Gulf: Learning Across Organizations, Sectors, and Cultures
      Workshop (Apr 11-12): The Art of Framing Powerful Questions: Conversational Leadership and the World Café
    • SoL Global Forum, May 19-21, 2014, Paris, France
      Conference Theme: Investing in Emerging Futures: New Players, New Games — Welcoming Metamorphosis
  • Sol European Forum 3)
    • 1st Society for Organizational Learning European Forum (SoL European Forum), 21-23 May 2012, Stockholm, Sweden
      Conference Theme: Towards a New Reality – Transformation of Organisations and Values
  • SoL Regional Symposium**
    • 1st SoL Regional Symposium, 18. – 19. October 2012, FHWien der WKW, Austria
      Conference Theme: A falling tree makes more noise than a growing forest
    • 2nd SoL Regional (Duna) Symposium, 15. – 16. November 2013, Budapest, Hungary
      Conference Theme: Ancient Futures: Enhancing Systemic Transformation in the Region
  • (1st) SoL South East Europe Forum, May 25, 2009, Zagreb, Croatia
    (organized by SOL Hrvatska (Croatia), Cotrugli Business School and Qantum 21)
    Conference Theme: Economic Crisis: Threat and Opportunity
  • International Learning Symposium, 17-19 October 2001, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
    Symposium Theme: Learning into the Future

Communities

(As for events of active chapters see chapter pages, events of inactive chapters are listed below)

  • (since 2018) Formal Communities: SoL Austria, SoL Bulgaria, SoL France, SoL Japan, SoL North America, SoL Philippines, SoL Singapore, SoL Spain, SoL Sweden; Perspective Communities: SoL Bay Area (US), SoL Colombia, SoL Egypt, SoL Greece, SoL Hungary, SoL Italy, SoL Netherlands, Global Coaching Community
  • (until 2017) GASC-listed SoL communities: SoL Austria, SoL Bulgaria, SoL Colombia, SoL France, SoL Hungary, SoL Italy, SoL Netherlands, SoL North America, SoL Philippines, SoL Singapore, SoL Spain, SoL Sweden
  • (… – 2017) Not GASC-listed or inactive SoL communities: Bay Area SoL (USA), SoL Australia, SoL Brazil, SoL Croatia, SoL Denmark, SoL Finland, SoL Gulf Region, SoL Japan, SoL Mexico, SoL Norway, SoL South Foundation (India), SoL Switzerland, SoL Turkey, SoL UK, US – Midwest, US – West Coast
  • Consortia, Projects, Communities of Practice:** Sustainability Consortium, Public Sector Consortium / Community of Practice, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Knowledge & Innovation Network, ALP Community of Practice, SoL Coaches Community of Practice (SoL Global Coaching Community), Youth & Education Network, Assessment, Mergers & Acquisitions Consortium, Research, SoL Asthma Fractal, Consultants Action Learning Projects, Global Leadership Initiative, Capacity Building Working Group, SoL European Sustainability Group, Consultants Convergence, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Large Scale Change Community of Interest, SoL European Action Research on Collective Intelligence, Sustainable Lean Sigma, SoL Jeans

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL Australia 4)

Meetings

  • …on topics in organizational learning and the Learning Organization

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL Croatia

Meetings

  • …on topics in organizational learning and the Learning Organization

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL Denmark

Meetings

  • …on topics in organizational learning and the Learning Organization

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL Finland

Meetings

  • Sep 2013: Getting acquainted with Aalto University’s new learning environments!
  • May 2013: Increasing productivity with positive interaction?
  • Dec 2012: Redesigning the work week project with Finnish companies
  • Jun 2012: Diacor learns as an organization

Conferences

(Annual Finnish Society of Organizational Learning Conference (SoL Conference))

  • SoL Conference 2001, 8-9 November 2001, Jyväskylä, Finland
  • SoL Conference 2002, 2-3 September 2002, Helsinki, Finland
    Conference Theme: Leading Towards Sustainable Organizations
  • 1st SoL Global Forum, June 11-14, 2003, Espoo, Finland
    Conference Theme: Learning in Organisations – Inventing Desired Futures in a Global Society
  • Leaders Conference, 15–18 June 2004, Rokua, Finland
    (in cooperation with Roku and Dipoli)
    Conference Theme: Successful Organisations Leading With Dignity and Vision
  • SoL Conference 2005, 14-15 November 2005, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
  • SoL Conference 2006, 13-14 November 2006, Helsinki, Finland
    (in cooperation with Team Academy)
    Conference Theme: Fire, Passion and Excellence
  • SoL Conference 2007, 12-13 November 2007, Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 7th Sol Conference 2008, 10-11 November 2008, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Dialogue/Research Groups

  • Learning Organisation dialogue group
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership 2015
  • Values & Ethics / Sustainability group
  • SoL Wellness Team
  • SoL Finland corporate members dialogue group

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL Gulf Region

Workshops

  • Apr 2008: The Art of Framing Powerful Questions: Conversational Leadership and the World Café
    (in conjunction with the 3rd SoL Global Forum, Apr 13-16)
  • Oct 2007: Foundations for Leadership workshop
  • Feb 2007: Gulf Region Executive Champions’ Workshop
  • May 2005: Thought Leader on the Learning Organization
    (in conjunction with the Jeddah Dialogue, May 10-12)
  • Sep 2005: Foundations for Leadership workshop; Master Coach program for Learning Organization orientation workshop

Conferences

  • 3rd SoL Global Forum, April 13-16, 2008, Muscat, Oman
    Conference Theme: Bridging the Gulf: Learning Across Organizations, Sectors, and Cultures (Cross Sector & Cross Cultural Collaboration)
  • Gulf SoL Conference and Dialogue
    • Riyadh Dialogue, Dec 2-3, 2007, Riyadh
      Conference Theme: Creating Value through Business Incubation: building capacity for local entrepreneurialism and new business development
    • Al-Ain Conference and Dialogue, December 11-13, 2006, Al-Ain, UAE
      Confrence Theme: Beyond the Oil Economy: Seeking Regional Solutions for Sustainable Development
    • (postponed) April 2006
      Confrence Theme: Beyond the Oil Economy: Regional Alternatives for Sustainable Development
    • Jeddah Dialogue, May 10-12, 2005, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
      Confrence Theme: Creating jobs through sustainable economic development
      Workshops (May 10): Thought Leader on the Learning Organization
    • Hawar Dialogue, September 19-22, 2004, Hawar Island, Bahrain
      Confrence Theme: ConfeThinking Globally, Acting Locally: How can we—the Gulf community—prosper in the global economy while sustaining our local traditions?
  • Megaprojects and Saudization Conference May 2-3, 2006
  • Shaybah Café, March 28-30, 2004 at the Saudi Aramco Shaybah
    Theme: Creating the future, one conversation at a time

Meetings

  • Dinner Conversations: with Arie de Gues (2005), with Nick Zeniuk (2005),…

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL Norway

Meetings

  • …on topics in organizational learning and the Learning Organization

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL South Foundation (India)

Masterclasses & Workshops

  • Inviting Emerging Future
  • Creating Desired Future
  • Leadership: The Fifth Discipline Way
  • Coaching from a System Perspective
  • Stance and Leadership: An exploration
  • Presencing Foundation Program

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL Turkey

Meetings

  • Sharing Meetings & trips: Learning Organization experiences
    – Feb 2007: CIMSA Cement Company, Mersin
    – May 2007: Private Sanko Schools, Gaziantep
    – May 2008: Sanko Towels, Bursa
    – Oct 2008: Final Schools, Bursa
  • Meetings (at Bogazici University Alumni Association, Istanbul): October 2007, March 2008
  • General Assembly: Nov 2006, …, Oct 2010

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > Sol United Kingdom 5)

Masterclasses & Workshops

    Oct 2012: The Intoxication of Power
    Jan 2012: Business Trusts: Working in Trust

    Dec 2011: The Naked Consultant?
    Nov 2011: The Social Brain: Implications for Policy and Management?
    Oct 2011: Puzzles and Paradigms: Facts, Stories and the Feeling of What Happens
    May 2011: May 12 – None of Us is as Smart as All of Us – Oh Really?

    May 2010: (Workshop) How the digital generation is changing the way organisations work – and learn
    Jan 2010: (Seminar & Workshop) with Jemima Gibbons

    Nov 2009: (Book launch) … (in association with the University of Surrey); (Workshop) Inner Complexity: a fresh approach to being human
    Oct 2009: (Seminar) Team Academy UK? – A SoL Dialogue
    Sep 2009: (Workshop) Decision Integrity and 2nd Order Cybernetics, (Workshop) Negotiation Systems
    May 2009: (Workshop) Dialogue Life
    Mar 2009: (Workshop) Look into my ‘i’s: A conversation about leadership as hypnosis

    Nov 2008: (Workshop) What do the current economic and social changes mean for us and our practice?
    Oct 2008: (Workshop) Thinking about leadership
    Sep 2008: (Study Group presentation) Study Group on Presencing: Learning through practice: the U-Theory
    Jun 2008: (Co-creation Lab) How to create conditions for ordinary people to create extraordinary results?
    May 2008: (Study Group presentation) Study Group on Presencing: Practising Presencing

    Dec 2007: (Workshop) Decision-Making V – Decision Making and Ethics
    Nov 2007: (Workshop) Complexity Science and the Quest for Organisational Health Complexity Society
    Oct 2007: (Workshop) From Creative Compartment to Innovation Booth: Lessons in creativity and innovation from The Economist project Red Stripe
    Sep 2007: (Workshop) Decision-Making IV (with post-Collective Decision-Making Research Café)
    Jul 2007: (Workshop) From performance benchmarking to knowledge sharing – an innovative way to address the syndromes which stifle organisational leadership
    Apr 2007: (Workshop) Decision-Making III – all day
    Feb 2007: (Study Group presentation) Study Group on Decisions in Organisations
    Jan 2007: Open Business Meeting; (Public Lecture) Russ Ackoff in Conversation with Sally Bibb: systems thinking,
    idealised design and management f-laws
    Jan 2007: (Workshop) The Evolution of the Coins of British India – a Compexity Perspective

    Nov 2006: (Workshop) Leadership
    Oct 2006: Organisational Learning in China
    Sep 2006: (Workshop) Drama and The Visual Arts; (Workshop) Decision taking 2
    Jun 2006: (Study Group presentation) Study Group on Decisions in Organisations; (Workshop) Decision taking 1
    Mar 2006: (Workshop) NHS-Complexity
    Jan 2006: (Internal discussion) Thinking about SOL: Options and choices for tomorrow’s capability

    Nov 2005: Learning Journey (3 days)
    Oct 2005: (Networking Meeting) Stimulating innovation
    Jul 2005: (Master Class) Lessons from helping the NHS to improve
    Jun 2005: Marblehead II Report and Review
    Mar 2005: (Networking Meeting) Projects incubator: Creating Knowledge for Action – The Hub, an Incubator for Social Entrepreneurs
    Feb 2005: (Workshop) Environment agency
    Jan 2005: (Networking Meeting) Leadership and Presencing

    Nov 2004: (Master Class) The Theory and Application of Complexity Science
    May 2004: (Master Class) Many hands: how organisations complicate ethical life

    Oct 2003: (Master Class) Tackling Crime through Restorative Justice: lessons on how to engage and empower your workforce
    Mar 2003: (Master Class) with Barbara Stocking
    Jan 2003: (Master Class) with Harry Berry (interactive senior executive event)

    Oct 2002: (Master Class) Creating the Space for Learning – the next 300 days
    Apr 2002: (Master Class) Sharing and Leveraging Knowledge for Sustainable Growth in BP
    Jan 2002: (Master Class) Creating the Space for Learning – the first 100 days

    May 2001: (Workshop) Navigating in Complexity and Uncertainty (Leaders’ Workshop)
    Apr 2001: (Master Class) Culture, Learning and Decision Taking
    Mar 2001: (Workshop) Capacity Buliding

    Dec 2000: (Master Class) David Snowden Master Class
    Mar 2000: (Workshop) The search for fresh competitive space (2 days), (Workshop) How to make learning and work the same thing (2 days)
    Feb 2000: Core Capabilities for the Learning Organisation (3 days)

    Dec 1999: (Master Class) Management priorities in the knowledge society
    Nov 1999: (Workshop) Learning to lean: An exploration of double-loop learning for individuals and organisations (2 days)
    … 1999: (Workshop) Bridges and connections: An experiential learning workshop
    Sep 1999: (Workshop) Tools & Techniques or the Learning Organisation (3 days)

Meetings

  • Council Meetings: Jan 2001 (With Problem Sharing Workshop), Apr 2001 (With Problem Sharing Workshop), …
  • Annual dinner (at the House of Lords): March 14, 2005, March 22, 2006, March 7, 2007
  • Annual General Meeting:
    July 8, 2009 SOL-UK EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
    January 22, 2009 (with Better regulation? Workshop) at the Friends House
    October 24, 2007 at the London School of Economics
    November 21, 2006 at the London School of Economics
    November 21, 2005 at the London School of Economics

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL US – Midwest

Meetings

  • …on topics in organizational learning and the Learning Organization

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL US – West Coast

Meetings

  • …on topics in organizational learning and the Learning Organization

Inactive/discontinued Chapters > SoL US – North East

Meetings

  • …on topics in organizational learning and the Learning Organization

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