Introducing Leaders in Learning, a New Podcast Series from USAID Learning Lab
Evidence and experience show that leadership plays a key role in creating and sustaining organizational learning and knowledge management initiatives. So what does it take to be an effective leader in learning?
USAID Learning Lab is launching a new podcast series this summer to explore this question. Leaders in Learning is a 7-part podcast series hosted by Stacey Young, Senior Learning Advisor and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Team Lead in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning; and Piers Bocock, Chief of Party for the USAID LEARN contract. The series draws on interviews that Stacey and Piers conducted with a variety of thought leaders in organizational learning and knowledge management in the international development sector, including:
- Kerry Albright, UNICEF
- Rob Cartridge, Practical Action
- Chris Collison, Knowledgeable
- Alison Evans, Independent Commission for Aid Impact
- Duncan Green, OXFAM
- Gwen Hines, DFID
- Clive Martlew, DFID
- Karen Mokate, Inter-American Development Bank
- Tony Pryor, USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning
- Thom Sinclair, The World Bank
Episodes 1 and 2 are now available to stream here on USAID Learning Lab or wherever you listen to podcasts. Listen to the first episode for an overview of the series including its purpose, theory of change, and to meet the lineup of the experts whose interviews provide the food for thought in each episode. Click here to view the Episode 1 transcript.
In Episode 2, Piers and Stacey reflect on their conversations with Duncan Green, Gwen Hines, and Karen Mokate (pictured with Piers and Stacey, right) on the topic of why learning matters in international development. They frame learning as a tool for addressing complexity, improving the way teams and organizations work, and, most importantly, achieving better development results. Click here to view the Episode 2 transcript.
Join Stacey and Piers for the rest of the series as they grapple with these learning questions:
- Episode 3: What is the role of evidence and data in organizational learning? (Tuesday, June 19)
- Episode 4: What is the relationship between organizational culture and learning? (Tuesday, June 26)
- Episode 5: What is the role of leaders in creating a learning organization? (Tuesday, July 3)
- Episode 6: How do organizations integrate learning into their daily work? (Tuesday, July 10)
- Episode 7: What is the future of organizational learning in international development? (Tuesday, July 17)
You can stream new episodes here on USAID Learning Lab or search for “USAID Learning Lab” wherever you listen to podcasts.
We hope you enjoy it!