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Human Rights Support Mechanism: How to Operationalize Learning across a Consortium

Samuel Gerstin

When it comes to CLA--certainly, when it comes to 'global' CLA--time and space matter. This is not a new revelation, but it merits continued examination because while many of us routinely acknowledge this fact, we are less prone to invest in this time and maintain this space (or at the very least we struggle to determine how to do this). This case examines the efforts undertaken by the PROGRESS Consortium to operationalize a Project-level global Learning Agenda across 10+ Activity teams.

In socializing our global Learning Agenda, our team has considered our overall vision, alongside our consortium's opportunities and constraints towards achieving this vision (this is an act of managerial acrobatics in itself). We start by recognizing that true learning is grounded in the collective experience of all consortium members, and not merely retrospective analysis by a certain few. Every day, every single staff member is reflecting on the dynamics of their Activity; we aim to capture every single individual reflection on a continual basis, in compiling a much more exhaustive 'story' of our PROGRESS experience.

First, we present our Agenda to individual Activity teams (traveling the globe via plane and Skype). Next, we create a virtual space where our team from Honduras can 'bump into' our team from, say, Armenia. And in this space, they may find all sorts of ready-made conversation threads and activities--and point people!--to incite them to engage.

The journey of the PROGRESS Learning Agenda is only now underway, but there is already plenty to share. Foresight, ambition and a healthy dose of humility are the prevailing themes.

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