Action learning has quite a pedigree in the UK with the work of Professor Reg Revans.
"Revans was convinced - and the proposition became known as Revans' Law - that for an organisation to survive, its rate of learning must be at least equal to the rate of change in its external environment. But learning is hard. Thinking about this at the coal board, and in the NHS, Revans was struck by the potential released by the ability to own up to ignorance without fear of ridicule or reprisal, and the inability of traditional "chalk and talk" teaching methods to solve practical problems, or provide a framework for real human growth. " Guardian, Orbituary, 2003.
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