The Learning Lab, sponsored by Global Ties (GTUS) and the U.S. Department of State, will bring together 25-50 representatives of community-based members (CBMs), National Program Agencies (NPAs), and program officers from the Department of State Office of International Visitors to Santa Fe, NM on Friday, August 4th. Offered in conjunction with Global Ties ABQ and the Diplomacy Begins Here Summit, to be held the day preceding the Lab, participants will travel to Santa Fe from Albuquerque the morning of Friday the 4th. They will return to ABQ that evening, with transportation provided. Note that the Learning Lab is by application–you must be a member of a CBM, NPA, GTUS, or the State Department to attend. Unsure if you’re eligible? Email Sandy.
The dominant theme for the Lab will be Revenue Diversification. This will be explored in several key ways. First, the Lab will open with a Town Hall-style meeting where we will hear from State Department representatives and Global Ties leadership, and have an opportunity to discuss current developments in the IVLP program–with the expectation that many CBMs will seek clarity on the current financial situation given potential reductions in the State Department’s budget. Immediately following this, the Lab will divide into an executive track and a programmer track, with each exploring specific issues within the revenue-diversification theme; individuals are free to “hop” tracks as desired (i.e. executives may participate in programmer sessions and vice versa). Board members of CBMs will be encouraged to join whichever track they deem most valuable to their individual or organizational learning.
The Lab will result in a concrete set of next steps and action items. These will be refined during a full plenary discussion of the sessions; program staff of the Santa Fe Council on International Relations will create a full synthesis of observations, comments, and action items. This will then inform the subsequent Learning Lab in Portland, OR to be held in November, 2017.
What is a Learning Lab?
The goal of the Learning Lab model is to facilitate peer-to-peer learning by providing a dynamic and collaborative space for network partners. Each breakout session will allow participants to identify and explore real-life challenges and opportunities related to a particular topic while encouraging participants to work together in developing possible solutions to their common challenges. Our goal is for individuals to walk away with new ideas, new possible strategies and actions, and new means of leveraging opportunities.
Two Learning Tracks
The Santa Fe Learning Lab will feature two distinct learning tracks–one for CBM executives, and one for CBM programmers, NPAs, and others. This will allow for more in-depth examination of the core issues relevant to these different groups. While the executives will focus three central aspects of revenue diversification, the other track will look at how to engage new resources, how to create more collaborative proposals, and how to manage volunteers in delivering IV programing.
Attend the Learning Lab and you will:
- Receive an update from State Department representatives and Global Ties leadership on developments in funding, programing, and organizational priorities
- Select sessions in both the executive track and a programmer’s track that best suit your learning needs
- Develop a set of concrete next steps and action items together with your peers that will be refined during a full plenary discussion of the lab sessions at the end of the day.
Please encourage your organization’s board members and volunteers to participate as well. Individuals are free to “hop” tracks as desired (i.e. executives may participate in programmer sessions and vice versa). Board members of CBMs will be encouraged to join whichever track they deem most valuable to their individual or organizational learning.