LearnPhilanthropy Phase II:The Learning &Experimenting Phase
The Learning and Experimentation Phase featured a series of experiments designed to tell us whether our concept of a coordinated and field-wide system for grantmaker learning was viable. During this phase,we worked to simultaneously build content and create community around learning in the field of philanthropy.
This work included:
- Catalogue prototype – called out as one of the potential “pilots” during the Chicago Symposium,this effort included reaching out to providers and creating a shared and searchable online directory of learning programs,tools and resources and point to the potential for a platform that offers learning pathways and supports peer learning.
- Research – complementing the collection of existing offerings from providers,we engaged in action research to better understand user needs,behavior and demand — another clear mandate from the Chicago meeting. Target populations included:new grantmakers themselves;CEO’s;and learning officers or others responsible for learning their foundations.
- Advancing the concept of a learning community – also called out as possible “pilots” in Chicago were several versions of peer learning and exchange. This included activity within the LinkedIn Group to encourage peer exchange and using the LearnPhilanthropy.net site to share knowledge via articles and blog posts.