4QP launched a year-long certification program in Emergent Learning in 2013. Participants typically have included mid-career independent consultants and internal, organization-based practitioners from a variety of sectors. Because of the intensive and highly participatory nature of the program, which included three in-person sessions, the majority of participants came from North America. Over the course of seven years, the diversity of the very active EL community has grown as graduates reach out to their communities to recommend the program to their colleagues.
In 2020, wanting to draw on what we have learned over these seven years, and wanting to make Emergent Learning available to a broader, even more diverse audience of practitioners both demographically and geographically, 4QP paused the year-long program to experiment with offering the program in different ways. In 2020, 4QP doubled the number of people going through Emergent Learning training, in three very different programs:
In 2021, we anticipate continuing to experiment with different types of offerings to accommodate the needs of our growing community. If you are interested in participating in a program or talking with us about what kind of program you would like to see, please contact us.
“Specific Emergent Learning techniques-- including the Before Action Review, After Action Review and the Emergent Learning Table-- helped me introduce rapid cycle prototyping into my practice with great confidence and efficacy. The learning community -- one of the most powerful professional experiences I’ve had -- provides the underlying theory, the coaching to be able to facilitate, and the support to adapt it to your setting. This is easily a $10,000 or so value in terms of caliber of instruction and range of supports.”
"While I always find something of value to take away from a conference or learning opportunity, at this point in my career, my expectation is for a small "bump" upward in my capabilities, at best. The EL certification program was a huge leap. The approach and tools have transformed my practice and are integral to how I guide my clients' toward success, as they define it."
"When you get to a certain point in your career, it is hard to find robust professional development opportunities. The EL Certification Program was definitely robust -- so much opportunity to interact with peers and mentors, ask questions, dig deeply. The program provided an effective spark for my professional growth."
"If you throw a rock in a room full of Emergent Learners, you'll hit a brilliant person 100% of the time. Outside of the tangible benefits of tools and practices, the community you'll engage with will provide tremendous benefits, both personally and professionally."
"Emergent Learning is at once simple, complex and incredibly powerful. The EL Certification program provided an amazing opportunity to focus on learning and honing my practice across 12 months. I received incredible support from 4QP and my cohort members that helped me improve my practice by leaps and bounds over what I could have accomplished any other way. This is the type of rare opportunity to engage deeply in your own learning that shouldn't be missed."
"Participating in the Emergent Learning cohort has been the most powerful and productive professional development opportunity I have experienced in more than two decades in nonprofit and philanthropy work. If you are open to learning and the possibility that change could accelerate results, then the investment of time and dollars are more than worth it."
"Great Community of Practitioners from a range of agencies in the not-for profit, foundation, and development world gathered with a single focus: to learn how to promote and integrate learning into their work. The program's strength lies in promoting this interdisciplinary exchange, in learning from one another, through the structured use and exchange of ideas around a set of Emerging Learning Tools."
"Emergent Learning helps you see the rudder in the middle of the murky ocean. For those of us in the business of stewarding complex social change, we can better see what is behind us, what could be ahead, and we can learn quickly as we go."
"The year-long EL program was a fantastic opportunity to develop a sustainable practice of learning for impact. The year-long experience helped me establish a clear and practical approach to accelerating group learning, and I feel confident that with the relationships I built over the year and the broader EL community of practice I will be able to sustain and improve my practice in the coming months and years."