Connections with the Society of Organisational Learning (SoL) in Boston

SoL logoSoL North America is interested in the work of The Unreasonable Learners. (The Society of Organisational Learning (North America) is closely associated with Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, one of the classic references on systems thinking.)

Every month, SoL NA organises a conference call of members to focus on the work on one of those members and support them in their projects. David Fraser is a SoL member and recently suggested that the group might be interested in hearing about and discussing the work of the Unreasonable Learners. This they were and the call is taking place on 5th April, facilitated by Michael Sales who, among other things, studied with Chris Argyris and has a number of useful perspectives relevant to our work.

Michael Sales

Michael Sales

The call is focused on three questions of both particular and general relevance chosen from a longer list of issues…

  • Recognizing the constant interplay between inner personal maturity and the outer system, how do we further the development of the relationship between the self and the system – both in ourselves and in others?
  • How do we best lead in a system that is tightly controlled?
  • How do we stop the bipolar nature of organizational and public politics preventing the generative dialogue needed for organizational learning?

SoL members putting forward the subject of a call are encouraged to make substantive requests for assistance from the other participants. Suggestions of specific requests for help from SoL North America would be welcome. Please comment here or email

SoL North America is very keen to be connected with what is going on in Scotland, in and around the Unreasonable Learners Network, and sees systemic change and the organizational learning that lies within it as something it would like to support and contribute to.

Feedback from the call will be posted in due course.

Comments welcome.