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The Australian Learning Communities Network Inc (ALCN) is a national network of leading-edge practitioners building sustainable communities using learning as the key element.


Review of ALCN supported events for the Global Learning Festival

Inclusion and innovation in Flexible Learning in and for the Workplace: Stories from Australian Learning Cities 9/11/2022


Summary of an ALCN/ALA/RMIT Australian Learning Cities and Regions Webinar for the Global Learning Festival 9 November 2022

This Webinar offered a wealth of resources and knowledge about inclusion and flexible learning in the workplace internationally, and nationally, and shone a light on innovative learning ecosystems of two LGA’s (local government areas) – the City of Hume and the City of Melton – in Victoria, Australia.

To read more download this summary or view the presentation at  https://ala.asn.au/inclusion-and-innovation-in-flexible-learning-in-and-for-the-workplace-stories-from-australian-learning-cities/


Recording from the Evaluation of Learning Cities and Regions – Case studies from Northern Ireland and Australia 7/11/2022


Evaluation plays an important role in learning cities and regions. It tells us if we are achieving the intended outcomes of our lifelong learning strategies and initiatives and helps us to communicate the impact of our work to stakeholders.


This event featured case studies from two learning city practitioners from the City of Canning in Western Australia and Derry-Strabane in Northern Ireland, showcasing approaches to evaluation at program and strategic levels in both urban and rural contexts.


Evaluation of Learning Cities and Regions


Ripples September/October Newsletter 2022

The ALCN Ripples Newsletter for September/October 2022 features information about the Global Learning Festival, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, SA, social infrastructure, Friday Forums featuring the City of Canning, WA, a paper on career transitions and further reading.

Enjoy reading.

The September/October 2022 newsletter is here,  with past issues available here.

Friday Forums 

Sharyn Wheatcroft, Wyndham City Council and Leone Wheeler, ALCN have organised a final forum for the year. To attend please email Sharyn Wheatcroft: Sharyn.Wheatcroft@wyndham.vic.gov.au

 9 December 3-4pm
ALCN Christmas Special: Share and reflect on key achievements in 2022 in learning cities across Australia.

What have you achieved in your learning city/community in 2022? Let’s share and learn from each other to round off a great year of learning for all.

Paper on Learning Cities and Libraries

ALCN supported Lara Pugh and Diane Tabbagh (on behalf of co-author Jac Gomez-Torres) to present online this excellent paper about Libraries and Learning Cities. Exploring varying roles of engagement across the globe at the 16th PASCAL International Observatory Conference. 2022, Tampere University: Tampere, Finland.

‘Libraries and Learning Cities’ explores the varying and vital roles that libraries play in learning regions, cities, communities and towns; it also showcases the ways public libraires met the learning needs and interests of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and are now futureproofing them for future crises through lifelong learning.

Read more here

Authors: Lara Pugh and Jac Gomez-Torrez.
The case study contributors: Danielle Marie, Bernie Hawke, Marjukka Peltonen and Diane Tabbagh
To find out more please contact Lara Pugh or Jac Gomez-Torrez via Linkedin



Enable Social Enterprises – Renew Tech for Good Initiative

Hume Learning Community

Written by Julie Mckay, Founder and Director, Enable Australia

Since 2015, Enable have supported hundreds of people from disadvantaged backgrounds to connect with community, environment, and improve their prospects of employment through innovative work and learning programs.

Enable operate commercially in the Computer decommissioning and recycling, warehousing, fulfilment and storage and Online Retailing sectors with 100% of the profits from trade re-invested to operate and support a total of nine (9) work and learning stations to support participants with skill-building, confidence, and career decision-making.

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Feature Paper

Why do you want this job? Transferring learning, transforming learning and lifelong learning


By Dr Donna Goldie, Townsville City Council


As part of a recruitment process for a position, candidates are often asked their reasoning for applying.  While the question may seem straight forward, it is one in which during a recent interview, I felt challenged to provide a succinct response.  In this article I discuss the possible reasons as to why I could not provide a clear answer.  In particularI explore three elements of my work, study and research experiences: transferring learning, transforming learning and lifelong learning.  While my response remains less than concise, these ideas entwine together to form the basis for why I ‘want this job’.

Read more here

Report of the UNESCO International Commission on Futures of Education Paper

Reimagining our Futures Together:
A New Social Contract for Education
Some perspectives and questions for discussion
by Peter Kearns, AM

UNESCO and lifelong learning
This report follows a line of important UNESCO reports on education and lifelong learning. The best known are the Faure report Learning to be (1972) and the Delors report Learning: the treasure within (1996). The Delors report is best known for the four pillars of education – learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and learning to live with others, and learning to be. These broadened the objectives of education in important ways.

Reimagining our Futures Together
The latest, important UNESCO report on education and learning was released in November 2021 after an extensive enquiry over a year and a half by the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education. It followed the earlier global reports with the objective to rethink the role of education at key moments of social transformation (2).

Read more here

What is a Learning Community?

A learning community is one that address its own learning needs through partnership. It uses the strengths of individual, social and institutional relationships across sectors to bring about cultural shifts in the perceptions of the value of learning. Learning communities explicitly use learning to enhance social, economic, cultural and environmental conditions on a sustainable, inclusive basis.

Image: Ballarat Work and Learning Centre receiving certificates for a cooking class.

ALCN acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors and Elders, past and present, of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.