A global applied-learning community
Self-governing and self-organizing
Bringing together practitioners/managers, consultants/capacity builders, and researchers
Conscious learning in three domains: collective knowledge creation; practical application of knowledge; and community building
Developing capacity for inspired results
Supporting individuals in being true to their aspirations
Supporting organizations in being worthy of the commitment of their members
SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, is an intentional learning community composed of organizations, individuals, and local SoL communities around the world. A not-for-profit, member-governed corporation, SoL is devoted to the interdependent development of people and their institutions in service of inspired performance and meaningful results. SoL serves as a space in which individuals and institutions can create together that which they cannot create alone.
Who We Are
SoL was formed in April of 1997 to continue the work of MIT's Center for Organizational Learning (1991-1997). Peter Senge, author of the The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization is the founding Chairman of SoL.
What We Do
Our purpose is to discover (research), integrate (capacity development) and implement (practice) theories and practices of organizational learning for the interdependent development of people and their institutions and communities such that we continue to increase our capacity to collectively realize our highest aspirations and productively resolve our differences. With this intention, organizations are truly worthy of the commitment of their employees and communities.
You can join the SoL through a local community or a Connections Member.
SoL provides learning based consulting services, and onsite tailored leadership development programs for SoL member and prospective member organizations. Specifically, SoL
- Builds capacity (not dependency) for effective action in individuals, teams, and organizations in a way that is self-sustaining, replicable, and continuously evolving.
- Co-creates learning processes with our clients that are grounded in real work and that help the clients develop new ways of thinking and acting over time.
- Uses a thoroughly researched and tested set of concepts, tools, and methods that enable, accelerate, and diffuse learning which, when applied, lead to break-through results.
SoL’s approach to coaching is based on over two decades of learning and research in the field of organizational learning. SoL’s coaching quality standards are rooted in our experience coaching hundreds of executives
and managers in public and private sectors.
SoL Courses and Programs
SoL courses are an ideal entryway into the SoL community, a premier network
of skilled practitioners, consultants, and researchers who have made a
commitment to lifelong learning, systems change, and a sustainable future.
Our publishing program documents and disseminates new knowledge that supports SoL’s principles and mission. A portion of the net proceeds of SoL publishing sales support basic research, leading-edge applied learning projects, and building a global network of learning communities.
SoL was created to connect corporations and organizations, researchers and consultants to generate knowledge about and capacity for fundamental innovation and change by engaging in collaborative action inquiry projects. While bringing together "specialists", our goal is more than simple collaboration - we strive to develop the researcher, capacity builder, and practitioner in each of us! As an action learning community, we generate real business and social system results, new intellectual capital and on-going personal and professional networks.
We continue to develop SoL as a global, enabling network where dialogue, research, collaborative action, and learning around such issues takes place at many levels, and continues to include global corporations and global not-for-profit institutions; local enterprises, governments, and NGOs; and interested researchers and consultants. We believe that SoL's diverse membership and the commitment of members to creating and maintaining a reflective and action-oriented learning environment can be of enormous value as major global enterprises are faced with decisions that not only affect our own performance but have consequences felt around the world.
The SoL community is supported by local coordinators and a staff based in our offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.