The WIAL Better World Fund
The World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of Action Learning in all sectors.
In 2015, WIAL established the WIAL Better World Fund to provide Action Learning services to community-based organizations around the world. Grant recipients include organizations and individuals that are working to improve communities and lives globally. Using Action Learning, WIAL creates true partnerships, where leadership are involved in a learning process they can replicate, and recipient organizations identify their own solutions.
In December, WIAL selected two exceptional organizations as recipients of the WIAL Better World Fund. As part of this funding and support, 27 individuals were trained to become new Action Learning Coaches and join the WIAL community and current WIAL coaches donated more than 130 hours of pro-bono coaching.
WIAL Global Conference Scholarship Winners
In 2018, the Better World Fund sponsored five delegates to attend the WIAL Global Conference in Amersfoort, The Netherlands from 26 – 27 September. The sponsorship covered the registration fee to attend the conference which includes the 2-day conference, access to all stages, workshops, presentations, lunch and refreshments.
Recipients were from non-profit, educational and community-based organizations and were selected based on the strength of their application.
Servebetter is a social enterprise based in Malaysia dedicated to providing guidance, training and consultancy to NGOs to achieve their social impact goals. In 2017, Servebetter received Better World Funding to send several of their leaders to Action Learning training as well as receive action learning coaching around challenges they faced as an organization. This helped them achieve their goal of assisting more NGOs in developing their capabilities.
NGO leaders who have attended the WIAL courses have greatly benefitted from the workshop and are appreciative to WIAL FSG and WIAL Malaysia for giving them this opportunity.”
“The design of the Action Learning process for problem solving enables people in the NGOs to discuss issues and challenges in a structured way. NGOs have at last found a tool that not only generates acceptable solutions but also helps the team work together by creating great bonds.” – SP Nathan from Servebetter
C&C Housing Trust and Cru
C&C Housing Trust:
C&C Housing Trust nominated leaders to attend five-day immersive Action Learning Coach Certification program, with an aim to develop in-house certified coaches who can use the WIAL method to support their organizations. At C&C the leaders used action learning to make an internal “storyboard” process more meaningful.
Sophie Bryan, Organizational Development Manager at C&C said, “We are looking for our staff/managers to become coaches, representing each area of the organization, in order to help turn these discussions into more action based learning and solutions- coaching each other to delve a bit deeper into problems, finding suitable solutions, within a framework of peer support.”
In addition, C&C plans to run sessions with housing residents on Co-Production activities and to support Resident Scrutiny Panel projects.
Cru certified their internal coaches in action learning coaching with a five-day immersive Action Learning Coach Certification program.
“Fantastic. Enjoyed every minute of it. I feel very equipped to use this within my organization as well as in my personal life. It is a very valuable skill and a great workshop.” – WIAL Better World Fund Participant feedback