Purpose & Principles

The purpose of SoL is to discover, integrate and implement theories and practices for the interdependent development of people and their institutions.

Guiding Principles of SoL

Drive to Learn – All human beings are born with an innate, lifelong desire and ability to learn, which should be enhanced by all organisations.
Learning is Social – People learn best from and with one another, and participation in learning communities is vital to their effectiveness, well-being and happiness in any work setting.
Learning Communities – The capacities and accomplishments of organisations are inseparable from, and dependent on, the capacities of the learning communities which they foster.
Aligning with Nature – It is essential that organisations evolve to be in greater harmony with human nature and with the natural world.
Core Learning Capabilities – Organisations must develop individual and collective capabilities to understand complex, interdependent issues; engage in reflective, generative conversation; and nurture personal and shared aspirations.
Cross-Organizational Collaboration – Learning communities that connect multiple organisations can significantly enhance their capacity for profound individual and organisational change.

Ideals of the SoL Community – Our Commitments to Each Other

Subsidiarity – Make no decision and perform no function at a higher or more central level than can be accomplished at a more local level.
Inclusiveness – Conduct all deliberations and make all decisions by bodies and methods which reasonably represent all relevant and affected parties.
Shared Responsibility – Advance the Purpose in accordance with these Principles in ways which enhance the capacity of the community as a whole, as well as that of each member.
Openness – Transcend institutional and intellectual boundaries and roles that limit or diminish learning.
Adaptive Governance – Continually conceive, implement, and practice governance concepts and processes which encourage adaptability, diversity, flexibility, and innovation.
Intellectual Output – Use research generated by the community in ways that most benefit society.
Acknowledgment – Openly and fairly acknowledge intellectual contributions to Concepts, Theories, and Practices, both from within and from outside the community.
Participation & Quality – Contribute to and/or participate in research, capacity building, and practice, striving for the highest standards of quality.