The world is changing and so is the world of learning and development. This 'wiki' is intended to be a ‘field-book’ or ‘manual’ for trainers who are supporting changing organisations into the future. This document is not a how-to manual although such insights may be in evidence. Rather, it provides the next generation with ideas and approaches to their own practice drawn from the inquiry of others .
It is a participative space where ICTI members can chip in with their own perspective, suggest areas and topics to be added or correct errors and update with more recent ideas and practice.
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Providing the field manual for trainers inevitably problematic. Each trainer has different ideas of good and bad practice, differing experiences and responses to those experiences.
We come, too, from different cultural contexts and those significantly affect our approach to learning and development. The extent to which less powerful participants accept that power is unequally distributed or 'power distance' has been shown to have a strong correlation with the degree of individualism in a particular context (Hofstede, G. et al. 2010)
So there is a significant amount that we know about practice that we may not, yet, have captured to pass on for the future. Most of these things are developing - they are not what they were a decade ago. Along the way things have changed. Other things about our practice are emerging. There are many things that we know but are unaware of (Polanyi, 1977). The 'wiki' approach is one way of unpacking these things.
There are critical questions that have arise relating to our practice and this field manual will contribute to the wider body of knowledge (McNiff et al 2003).
Some of the questions which may arise include:
Lessons learned will be used to refine the programme for further use in other non-western contexts.