Social learning is an increasingly common term in a wide range of policy and practice arenas. Although interpretations vary widely, it usually refers to some form of purposeful learning undertaken by a group of people. This can include converging goals, processes of knowledge co-creation and changes in behaviours and actions leading to concerted action.
In our applied research work, we explore the meanings, concepts, methodologies and practices associated with social learning, particularly relating to innovative approaches to managing complex natural resources and environmental issues. Many of our projects use systems approaches, especially diagramming, as a means for enabling social learning about the systemic aspects of situations and ways in which they can be improved.