GEM’s advanced workshop: The Learning Curve

How leading a learning museum can transform your business

GEM’s advanced workshop: The Learning Curve has been developed to support the leading professionals of museums and cultural organisations in building resilience through learning and innovating. By exploring what it means to be a learning organisation, discussing the issues surrounding it and planning for the future, you will discover the rewards of embedding learning throughout your workplace.

This workshop has been developed as part of GEM’s ACE-funded Learning & Sharing Centre project (LSC). The LSC aims to provide a variety of new sharing, networking and training to support museums, heritage and culture

In this programme we are exploring how the learning agenda can be viewed in the broadest terms so as to drive purpose, decision-making, fundraising, community engagement, social enterprise, recruitment, leadership structures and good practice for the whole organisation.

Museums must become learning organisations

Nowadays museum purpose is bound up with the search for resilience; whether strategic, cultural, financial or simply in expertise. To achieve true resilience, the museum must become a learning organisation.

Learning organisations are organisations that understand and optimise learning. This is not just from the point of view of audience activities, but also in how leadership teams and directors learn, behave, act, speak and champion causes worth having. If this is embraced, the rewards for the organisation, its governance and its community are transformational.

So, is yours a learning organisation? Can you afford not to be?

In this programme we are exploring how the learning agenda can be viewed in the broadest terms so as to drive purpose, decision-making, fundraising, community engagement, social enterprise, recruitment, leadership structures and good practice for the whole organisation.

Through the programme you will:

  • Explore the concept of the learning museum.
  • Decide what new opportunities may be available to your service.
  • Make choices in governance, leadership and learning provision.
  • Review your 10-year perspective.
  • Tour a gallery in the host organisation.
  • Scan the learning horizon.
  • Compile a learning museum action list.
  • Create a breakthrough team plan.

The workshop will be highly practical and discussion-based, with participants sharing their expertise and perspectives to find the best ways forward. After the event, the course director will be available by email or phone to discuss further any of the issues raised in the programme and to offer assistance with implementation.

The workshop has been devised and led by Nick Winterbotham, a former director and chief executive of many prestigious museums, including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, National Railway Museum, York, and the Museum of East Anglian Life. Nick is now the managing director of Nick Winterbotham Associates, delivering high quality consultation and training on leadership, heritage learning and team development, amongst other subjects. He says:

“My contention is that we should lead all professional teams so as to enable the museum to take its place in the learning agenda for the whole community – visiting, virtual and even non-visiting.”

To further explore the benefits of learning to leadership, take a look at this article in the Harvard Business Review, Good Leaders are Good Learner, or Nick Winterbotham’s Becoming a Learning Organisation.

Dates and locations for GEM’s advanced workshop 2018 are coming soon!

 

 

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