Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Announcing New Educational Partnership with CalSAE - IDEAL

Let me take your picture, add it to the mixture, there it is I got you now
Really nothin' to it, anyone can do it, it's easy and we all know how
Now begins the changin', mental rearrangin', nothin's really where its at
.....can you picture that? - Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, The Muppet Movie

(Okay, so starting an announcement like this with a scene from The Muppet Movie may seem strange, but if you read the lyrics, it will start making a little more sense.  Mental rearrangin' is the name of the game. And let's face it, I learned most of what I use in life from the Muppets....)

Basically, the long and short of is, we've been listening to +Jeffrey Cufaude , +Jeff Hurt , +Steve Swafford and everyone else who has been telling us to embark on new learning adventures, to break the "90 minute" workshop mold and to get rid of the "sage on the stage."  Well okay then, let's stop talking about it and do it.

Alcorn Associates Management Consulting has partnered with the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) to begin a new learner-centric educational program called IDEAL.  IDEAL stands for In-Depth Education Association Laboratory.  This program is being designed to be an intentional collaboration between highly qualified instructors and the attendees themselves - co-creating and fully engaging in discussion as a way to develop and demonstrate mastery over content relevant to association professionals.

The pricing is simple - $199 for association professionals who want to audit the program and not participate or $99 for those who contribute at least two pieces of content to a shared Dropbox folder and agree to actively participate in the discussions.  Easy right?

The first IDEAL session will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Our first topic will be legal contracts, but after that the group will indicate what they want to dive into during the next session.  Sessions are bi-monthly.  Attendees get first right of refusal on the next IDEAL experience as the quality of relationships enhances the ability of individuals to learn effectively.  Attendance is capped at 20 in order to ensure that everyone gets a chance to contribute and talk.  If interest exceeds 20, we will break into additional groups as necessary.

As we move through developing the content, we will begin to put "case study" time into the IDEAL sessions for participants to report back on the implementation of ideas they generated during IDEAL and how they worked in the real world.  It's a real laboratory and we'd like to hear about real world results.

We are attempting to hold IDEAL sessions in conference rooms and board rooms of local Sacramento associations.  Not only do people get to see other association professionals in their natural habitat, but it gets us out and away into a new environment each time to stimulate our thinking.

In addition, we have set up a "Young Professionals Scholarship" for selected younger folks to attend at no charge and to jump start their careers.  Just to put a little icing on the engaged learner cake.

To register or to learn more, please visit the IDEAL page on the CalSAE website or email either Mark at mark@alcornlaw.com or myself at shelly@alcornassociates.com .  We are really hoping to have some brave souls come along with us as we start this new journey.  We believe in the power of the people and are here to assist and accelerate our own learning as well.  Join us!  We'd love to have you!

“Unlike a classroom where a teacher controls the lecture, the organic communities that emerge through collectives produce meaningful learning because the inquiry that arises comes from the collective itself… any effort to define or direct collectives would destroy the very thing that is unique and innovative about them….”

 The New Culture of Learning, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown.


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