Our consulting and training projects incorporate a variety of learning methods and models. One model we have developed that works particularly well with small groups is Peer Learning Exchange. This approach to group learning relies on facilitated dialogue among peers doing similar work. Through careful planning and professional facilitation, efforts are made to ensure that no participant assumes a position of privilege or power that is higher or lower than another. A main goal of the model is to create “safe space” that fosters candid and dynamic dialogue with a small group. Other features that distinguish this approach to group learning include:

  • Recognition and valuing of existing or indigenous knowledge
  • Involvement of participants in the designing of the exchange
  • Willingness to participate as genuine peers
  • Willingness to actively engage in dialogue and share knowledge
  • Willingness to build trust and rapport

Peer exchange is a useful approach to group learning for many different purposes. These programs are generally funded by grants and involve leaders from nonprofits with a similar mission focus. Here is a sample of consulting projects where we successfully used the Peer Learning Exchange model: