FaceTime, Open Workspace, and Electronic Calendars are a Few of My Least Favorite Things: Learning and the Way We Work

What does it take to support learning in philanthropy? This article explores some unexpected sources using time management, physical and virtual space, and technology.

Supporting learning is about much more than facilitation and what happens at learning-focused events or meetings. We have to expand our thinking about what it takes to support effective learning in philanthropy. We have to remove barriers that are getting in the way. We have to build habits that support it. We have to work with others whose roles and decisions affect what we learn and how.

The article looks at how to support learning from multiple vantage points, some unconventional. Learning can be supported by considering everything from how people spend their time, how they interact virtually or in person, or how they use technology. Foundation choices, priorities, and incentives in all of these areas can be unexpected sources of support for learning.

The focus is on foundations and how they learn as organizations, recognizing that this issue is much broader and involves many other important actors, including grantees, beneficiaries, and other partners. 

The article highlights how people work and communicate, and how day-to-day habits and behaviors can help or hinder learning.